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The News Matrix: Monday 25 April 2011

Heavy shelling ends Misrata celebrations

Libyan rebels’ celebrations at pushing government forces out of the key western city of Misrata were cut short yesterday by renewed heavy shelling. Gaddafi claims his forces are retreating so that local tribes can resolve the situation. MORE

Division in Coalition widens over AV

The Coalition’s split over AV further threatened links between the parties after Nick Clegg made his strongest attack yet on the No campaign. Insiders believe the scars from the referendum battle mean the relation will never be the same again. MORE

Adele regains UK album chart top spot

Songstress Adele is back at top spot in the album chart with her album 21, after the Foo Fighters pushed her off the number one position for a week. Her debut album, 19, is number three.

Family of murdered couple ‘devastated’

The family of an elderly couple found murdered have spoken of their “devastation”. Giuseppe and Caterina Massaro, 80 and 77, were found at their home in Woden Road, Wolverhampton, on Friday night. A murder inquiry is underway.

Police hunt on after family found buried

Police hunting a father suspected of killing his family issued a Europewide alert at the weekend. Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès was last seen six days before the bodies of his family and their dogs were found buried in their garden in Nantes. MORE

President to depart but protests go on

President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s promise to depart office in 30 days has failed to quell protests in Yemen. Protesters, sceptical about whether he would keep his promise, chanted “No negotiations, no dialogue – resign or flee” as they marched through the streets of the country’s cities yesterday. MORE

Firms under fire for sanction-busting

A group of European companies including Swarovski has come under fire for investigating new trade links with Burma. The companies are accused of trying to seize on Aung Sun Suu Kyi’s release to skirt continuing EU sanctions. MORE

Boy, 11, killed in zip-wire tragedy

An 11-year-old boy has been killed falling off a zip-wire ride at a forest theme park. North Wales Police and the Health and Safety Executive have launched a joint investigation after the boy fell from the ride at the GreenWood Forest Park in Snowdonia yesterday.

They really really want Spice Girls show

A Spice Girls musical looked more of a West End reality last night as the director was announced. Viva Forever will be produced by Judy Craymer, who also produced Mamma Mia!, featuring music from Abba, in association with Universal Music, Simon Fuller and the Spice Girls.

Women soldiers get kit made to fit – at last

The US military has finally provided female soldiers with gender-specific uniforms after they endured years of wearing reworked versions of male kit. The lack of a female-specific uniform led to increased musculoskeletal disorders and made it hard to urinate without disrobing. MORE

New York-to-LA cab journey costs £3,100

Two friends have paid their taxi driver a $5,000 (£3,100) fare after he drove them from New York to Los Angeles. The journey, which was sparked by a determination to prove one of the duo’s father wrong when he said that it could not be done, took them six days to complete.

Escaped cow takes a dive in local pool

An escaped cow narrowly avoided death by diving into a swimming pool. The animal was on the run from a farm in Graz, Austria. Authorities were preparing to shoot it in case it caused property damage before it ran into a street, jumped a fence and landed in the pool.

Organiser defends Cultural Olympiad

The director of the Cultural Olympiad, a series of arts events to accompany the London Olympics, has defended her organisation of the series of events and installations. Ruth Mackenzie’s comments came amid criticism that the programme should be more transparent. MORE

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Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

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Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
10 best men's skincare products

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Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape