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The News Matrix: Monday 24 September 2012

Rescuers rush to 'save' inflatable doll

Turkish rescue workers retrieved an inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea after police were notified by panicked residents who mistook it for a woman's body.

Burton premieres red carpet live

Tim Burton fans will get to see the European premiere of the director's new animated 3D film Frankenweenie beamed live into 200 cinemas around the UK.

Airline allowed fake pilot on flight deck

Italian police have arrested a jobless man who is suspected of having used fake IDs, a cap and uniform to convince staff on an Air Dolomiti flight he was a pilot, in a case likened to the Leonardo DiCaprio film Catch Me If You Can. MORE

Pet owners warned about rising obesity

Pet owners who feed their animals leftovers are jeopardising their health, a leading animal charity has warned. Battersea Dogs and Cats home says foods such as biscuits, sausages and cheese are triggering obesity problems in animals.

Avalanche kills at least nine climbers

An avalanche swept away climbers and their camps on the world's eighth highest mountain in Nepal yesterday, killing at least nine people. Most of the dead climbers were French and others were from Italy, Germany and Spain. Officials said four people were still missing. Five injured climbers were rescued by helicopters and flown to the capital, Kathmandu. MORE

Epileptic care 'is a postcode lottery'

Epileptic children face a "profoundly concerning" variability in the quality of care they receive, depending on where they live, a report shows. Epilepsy is the most-common serious neurological condition, affecting one in 200 children – or about 60,000 young people in the UK.

Bounty offered for death of filmmaker

Authorities yesterday distanced themselves from comments by a minister who offered a $100,000 bounty for anyone who killed the maker of the anti-Islamic film that has triggered outrage in the Muslim world. A spokesman said the call was "not government policy". MORE

Defy gun violence, urges Bishop

Residents in the Manchester suburb where two police officers were murdered last week in a gun and grenade attack were told by The Rt Rev Mark Davies, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, to stand together to defy the forces of violence.  MORE

Clamping law 'does not go far enough'

Drivers face a "recipe for confusion" when new parking measures are introduced, the British Parking Association claims. It fears next month's changes to rules on clamping and towing away on private land do not go far enough or protect motorists from rogue clampers.

Romney takes the fight to key states

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney has opened an intense campaign focus in three battleground states with a rally in Colorado, insisting his gaffe-prone campaign is "doing a good job". MORE

Japan anniversary ceremony put on ice

China has postponed a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties with Japan as a result of a territorial row between the two countries. A dispute over islands in the East China Sea erupted into a full-scale clash this month. MORE

Afghan death soldier was father of three

A soldier who died at Camp Bastion in Helmand on Friday was named as Sergeant Jonathan Kups, of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. The Ministry of Defence said Sgt Kups, 38, a father of three from Nuneaton, was not killed in action.

Families face even more pain by 2020

The living standards of low- and middle-income families will be worse in 2020 than they were in 2008, even if economic growth returns. Findings by two leading think-tanks suggest that incomes could decline by up to 15 per cent in real terms.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment