The News Matrix: Monday 23 July 2012


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Obama to miss Aids conference

As caravans of activists, scientists, celebrities and medical academics descended on Washington DC last night for the first International Aids Conference to be held in the United States for 22 years, there was dismay among some that President Barack Obama was not planning to attend. MORE

Winehouse albums still selling strong

A year after her death, Amy Winehouse's voice has continued to enchant listeners. The singer has clocked up a total of 1.7 million posthumous album sales.

New information on suicide bomber

Autopsies have provided officials with new information about the suicide bomber who killed five vacationing Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver in the Black Sea resort town of Burgas. But the identity of the attacker appeared to remain unknown, and Bulgaria's government was continuing to investigate whether he had carried out the attack with the help of an accomplice. MORE

'Cinema killer' ordered bomb parts

The University of Colorado said it was investigating whether the shooting suspect James Holmes used his position as a medical researcher to order materials for the booby traps police found in his apartment. Barack Obama was due to travel to Colorado to visit families of victims. MORE

Hot coals walkers treated for burns

At least 21 people have been treated for burns after trying to walk on hot coals at an event in California for the motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

Boy, 16, is held on suspicion of murder

A 16-year-old boy remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman. Officers found her body at 1.06am on Saturday in Weymouth, Dorset, after reports that a woman had been injured. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

Unknown stories by Mansfield found

Four previously unknown stories written more than a century ago by Katherine Mansfield have been discovered by a PhD student in the archives of King's College, London. One offers an insight into a painful chapter of the author's life. MORE

Crisis talks to end milk-price dispute

Ministers meet with dairy farmers and milk processors today for crisis talks aimed at ending the dispute over milk prices. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wants to ensure farmers are paid above the 30p-per-litre cost of production. MORE

Actor Simon Ward dies, aged 70

The actor Simon Ward has died at the age of 70 after a long illness. Ward became a household name through roles such as Sir Monty in Judge John Deed, starred in Zulu Dawn and Young Winston and performed on stage.

Missing boy, 16: body is found

Police searching for a teenage boy swept out to sea have recovered a body. Reece Sweeney, 16, was with two friends when he vanished from Banff Bay, Aberdeenshire, on Saturday. Reece's family have been informed. MORE