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The News Matrix: Monday 22 October 2012

Man arrested after keeper assaulted

A 21-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of assault after Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was hit by a fan during a Championship game. The incident was one of a number of ugly scenes at Hillsborough during the 1-1 draw with Leeds United which was televised on Friday night.

Rumours of Castro's death disproved

Venezuela's former Vice-President Elias Jaua shows a picture of himself and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana yesterday after meeting Castro on Saturday, squashing rumours of Castro's dead.

Police seize 11 al-Qa'ida suspects

Authorities have arrested 11 suspected al-Qa'ida-linked militants for allegedly planning to attack shopping centres and Western diplomatic missions in Jordan. A government spokesman said the suspects are all Jordanian and are in police custody. He said the men had brought in arms from neighbouring Syria.

Presidential runners spar in final debate

With polls suggesting a dead heat in the American presidential election, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were yesterday cramming for the third and last debate here in Boca Raton, Florida, this evening before going into the final, frantic two weeks of the contest. MORE

Two pesticides have harmed bumblebees

The combination of two pesticides commonly used on UK fields can have damaging effects on the behaviour of bumblebees and cause their colonies to collapse, new research by British scientists has found. Exposure for a month or more is likely to be harmful, they said. MORE

Woman dies as car plunges over bridge

Six police officers in Bristol were praised yesterday after they tried to rescue passengers of a car that plunged 20 feet into the River Avon. A young woman, believed to be the front-seat passenger of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.  MORE

Regime militias in fifth day of fighting

Pro-government militias battled fighters in a former stronghold of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, the fifth straight day of clashes that have killed at least 30 people. The fighting has overlapped with the anniversary of the killing of Gaddafi. MORE

Iran agrees with US: we are not talking

Tehran followed Washington yesterday in denying that the two had scheduled direct bilateral negotiations on Iran's controversial nuclear programme. The New York Times, quoting unnamed US administration officials, said on Saturday that secret exchanges between US and Iranian officials had yielded agreement "in principle" to hold one-on-one talks.

Vienna puts arias on the internet

Vienna's opera scene went live on the web for the first time last night with the launch of the first internet-based platform for streaming classical productions.

Schiehallion now fit for wheelchairs

One of Scotland's best-known mountains has been declared "wheelchair friendly". The Fieldfare Trust rated the path to the summit of East Schiehallion as wheelchair suitable.

It's really narrow – but is it art?

Poland's narrowest building, measuring just 92 cm wide at one point, was opened in Warsaw on Saturday as an artistic installation that will be a home from home for Israeli writer Edgar Keret. Keret, who will live there when he visits twice a year.

Firms urged to back numeracy drive

Britain's bosses are being urged to make sure all their employees have at least the maths skills of a 14-year-old in a campaign that aims to cut down on adult innumeracy, which has left 17 million people with the maths skills of a primary school child.

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