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The News Matrix: Monday 28 November 2011


Blogger summoned after document leak

The right-wing political blogger Guido Fawkes, real name Paul Staines, was last night summoned to appear at the Leveson Inquiry after a document purporting to contain evidence from Tony Blair's former spokesperson Alastair Campbell was leaked. MORE

Williams calls for global CO2 cuts

The Archbishop of Canterbury urged governments to cut emissions ahead of tomorrow's UN conference in South Africa on climate change, which, he says, affects many "vulnerable people".

Man arrested after girl, 4, killed in crash

A man has been arrested after a five-vehicle motorway crash which killed a four-year-old girl, police said. The collision, which involved a lorry and four cars, happened at around 12.30am yesterday on the M6 southbound, between junctions 4a and 4 in Warwickshire. MORE

Strauss-Kahn scandal France dismisses allegations of plot

Suggestions the French ruling party plotted to disgrace ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn are a fantasy, says the French Interior Minister, Claude Guéant. He said an article in The New York Review of Books was "guesswork". MORE

Voters go to polls as unrest continues

Voters are due to go to the polls today for the first democratic elections in over half a century, despite a political stand-off which could derail the country's emergence from dictatorship. Field Marshal Tantawi warned of "extremely grave" consequences if the unrest continued. MORE

Homophobic crime is rife but ignored

Homophobic crime is endemic in Britain's prisons, but often ignored by the authorities, according to a report that has revealed allegations of verbal, physical and sexual assaults. The Howard League for Penal Reform says victims are often too scared to report such incidents. MORE

Appeal for ashes stolen in fatal attack

A family has appealed for the return of the ashes of a widow's late husband stolen in the street robbery which resulted in her death. Nellie Geraghty, 79, died in hospital from a head injury she suffered clinging on to her handbag containing the ashes of her husband, Frank, who died 17 years ago. She was attacked in the street near her home near Old ham, on Thursday.

Palestinian state can't pay salaries

Officials said yesterday that they would not be able to pay public sector salaries as Israeli sanctions in retaliation for their bid for UN recognition begin to bite. Israel collects $100m a month in taxes which form two-thirds of the Palestinians' revenue.

E-retailers get ready for bumper Monday

Expect a frenzy of activity this lunchtime, but rather than putting in extra screen work it is likely your colleagues are buying Christmas gifts. Today is "Cyber Monday", the day e-retailers expect to earn the biggest pre-Christmas sales. It is predicted £303m will be spent online. MORE

Chilly atmosphere after parade scuffle

A man dressed as Frosty the Snowman was arrested at the weekend at a Christmas parade in Maryland, accused of scuffling with law enforcement officers and kicking a police dog. Kevin Walsh, 52, Frosty in the parade for the past ten years, claims he was wrongfully detained after he made a joke about a police dog.

Martin Clunes helps baby from hit show

Actor Martin Clunes has helped the family of a six-month-old baby who plays his on-screen son in ITV drama Doc Martin pay for a specially-made £2,000 helmet, after he was diagnosed with a rare condition that has left him unable to support his own head. Clunes donated a box of lucrative memorabilia from the show.

Oban fireworks are given a rerun

Oban were rewarded with a second fireworks display last night after their original was over in 50 seconds. A technical fault meant the Bonfire Night display all went off in one go, leading to some disappointed onlookers and a video that went viral. The company in charge put on another display last night. MORE

Strictly waltzes ahead of X Factor

Strictly Come Dancing beat The X Factor in the Saturday night ratings war this weekend, pulling in 11.7 million viewers compared with The X Factor's 11.3 million. The BBC dance show had a 45.6 per cent share of the audience at its peak, while the ITV singing contest reached 42.9 per cent, according to official ratings.

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