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The News Matrix: Monday 26 November 2012
Charities criticise NHS online plans
Charities have criticised cost-cutting plans to move some NHS services online. The Government says the proposals would support "people with long-term health conditions". But the British Heart Foundation says elderly and deprived patients are unlikely to benefit. MORE
PM 'open-minded' on press regulation
David Cameron remains "open-minded" about this week's Leveson Inquiry report on press regulation, Downing Street insisted yesterday. No 10 was trying to quell claims that the Prime Minister would resist compulsory regulation amid growing evidence of opposition in the Cabinet to statutory oversight of newspapers. MORE
Perils of high heels and coffee cups
Drivers wearing high heels, coffee cups and bottles rolling under brake pedals have all nearly caused motorists to crash, according to research by More Than insurance.
Outrage at Queen's estate housing plans
The Queen's private estate plans to build thousands of houses on Green Belt land, sparking outrage from villagers who say the proposals put farmers' livelihoods at risk. The Duchy of Lancaster said the proposals were in their "very early days". MORE
Amateurs keen to crack mystery code
Amateur sleuths have lined up to try to decrypt a Second World War message which has left security experts stumped. The string of letters was found attached to the skeleton of a pigeon up a chimney at a house in Bletchingley, Surrey.
Star-studded turnout for theatre awards
Danny Boyle, Judi Dench and David Hare were among those honoured at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards last night. The star-studded event recognised both established and up-and-coming names in London theatre, including the youngest playwright to take home a Best Play gong. MORE
Railway Children star Sheridan dies
Dinah Sheridan, the actress who played the mother in The Railway Children, died peacefully in her home aged 92 yesterday. Sheridan was surrounded by her family in Northwood, Middlesex, her agent said. MORE
Egypt: Morsi decree sends shares plunging
Shares plunged by nearly 10 per cent yesterday in the first trading since Egypt's Islamist President assumed sweeping powers. Mohamed Morsi's decree on Thursday places him above oversight of any kind, including that of the courts. The move has thrown Egypt's transition to democracy into further turmoil. MORE
Spain: Catalonia divided over independence
Catalonia's nationalist movement made significant gains in crucial regional elections yesterday – but a split in the vote between conservative and left-wing parties means that a referendum on independence for the breakaway region remains in doubt. MORE
Bangladesh: 109 killed in clothes factory inferno
At least 109 people were killed in a garment factory fire just outside the capital of Dhaka, late on Saturday. By yesterday morning, firefighters had recovered 100 bodies. Bangladesh has some 4,000 garment factories, many without proper safety measures. MORE
India: Boris who? Locals mystified by Mayor
Confused locals in Delhi mistook the London Mayor Boris Johnson for the King of England and tennis legend Boris Becker yesterday. Mr Johnson was visiting a Hindu temple when it emerged his audience didn't all know who he was. MORE
France: The end is nigh – so get to the Pyrenees
The mayor of Bugarach is stepping up security because of fears of an invasion of Mayans following Mayan belief that it will be the only place left after an apocalypse next month.
- 1 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 2 West poised to join forces with President Assad in face of Islamic State
- 3 Mother fed her daughter tapeworms to make her skinny for pageant
- 4 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 5 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'