Today's letter from the Editor
The News Matrix: Monday 28 January 2013
State of emergency after dozens die
President Mohamed Mursi has declared a state of emergency in three cities along the Suez Canal where anti-government violence has killed dozens of people over the past four days. Seven people were shot dead and hundreds were injured in Port Said yesterday.
Smartphones launch by BlackBerry
BlackBerry is set to unveil two next-generation smartphones on Wednesday. The BlackBerry Z10 and X10 are tipped to reignite the company, which has struggled to compete with Apple and Samsung.
Dead robber was a 'career criminal'
An armed robber who died after being disarmed by customers in a bookies was a "career criminal" trying to turn his life around, his family has said. Alan Levers, 50, stormed into a Ladbrokes branch in Plymouth, Devon, on Friday night.
Clegg children may go to public school
Nick Clegg will consider sending his children to a private school but says the decision will not be based on politics. The Deputy Prime Minister said he hopes his elder son Antonio goes to a state secondary this autumn, but added there was "huge competition" for places in London. MORE
Two cyclists killed in hit-and-run
Two cyclists were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Bristol yesterday. Police said a car struck and killed the cyclists – a man and a woman – before the driver fled the scene on Lower Hanham Road at about 3.50pm. Paramedics found the man and woman had suffered fatal injuries.
Cities found to affect rural temperatures
Waste heat generated by large cities can affect temperatures in areas hundreds of miles away by changing wind patterns in the upper atmosphere, a study has found. In theory, big cities could raise temperatures in North America and northern Asia by as much as 1 degree C. MORE
Twelve civilians die in French airstrike
A dozen civilians have died in the Malian town of Konna as a result of military action by French forces as they drove out Islamist fighters. Around 15 more were injured. Until now confirmed reports of civilian casualties of the French-led assault have been hard to verify MORE
Russian PM: Assad's days are numbered
President Assad's chances of retaining power in Syria are getting "smaller and smaller by the day," said Russia's Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, yesterday. The statement is the most explicit admission from the regime's chief ally that its days may be numbered, but Mr Medvedev also reiterated that the regime must not be toppled by external forces. MORE
Burger and fries to go for a final journey
Mourners at a US fast-food fan's funeral wanted him to have it his way, so they arranged for his hearse to make one last drive-thru visit before reaching the cemetery.
French to portray Corden's mother
Dawn French is to play James Corden's mother in his new comedy-thriller television series. The actress has been added to the cast of new BBC2 show The Wrong Mans.
Police raid spoils mafia dons' dinner
Russian police made a rare swoop to arrest a number of alleged mafia kingpins over the weekend, during a restaurant get-together where they were supposedly discussing their strategies. Four crime bosses and 19 others were arrested. MORE
Record-maker's final frontier
Graham Hughes from Liverpool will enter Russia tomorrow to complete his "around the world without flying" record. His Guinness World Record bid was deemed invalid in November after he previously entered Russia illegally. MORE
- 1 Friends and colleagues pay tribute to soldier killed in Woolwich machete attack Drummer Lee Rigby
- 2 'Sickening, deluded and unforgivable': Horrific attack brings terror to London’s streets
- 3 Grace Dent: I’m not sure how these people can avoid being called ‘bigots’. And the more ‘civilised’, the worse they are
- 4 Woolwich murder: They killed, then they performed - these men should be starved of our attention
- 5 Woolwich attack: The EDL will seek to exploit this evil crime for their own evil ends
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