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The News Matrix: Monday 29 October 2012

Wave of violence hits Sao Paulo

The metropolitan Sao Paulo area is suffering a wave of violence that has left 28 dead over four days. Police told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper that five people died and 12 were injured in shootings between Saturday night and yesterday morning. Police said most cases were drive-by shootings by men on motorcycles.

Airport chiefs call for urgent UK action

Airport bosses have called for urgent action to improve aviation capacity in London. Chief executives from Dubai, Manchester and Bristol airports have called for urgent reforms to ensure Britain doesn't lose out on the economic benefits of easy global travel.  MORE

Spooky day sees sales soar in stores

Shoppers are more interested in Halloween than ever before, stores claim. Waitrose has had a boost in sales this year as Brits show more interest in the spooky day.

New scheme for two-tier road tax

The Government is considering a two-tier system of road tax which will create a "class system on the roads" according to campaigners. The AA criticised the scheme yesterday which would see a basic charge for A-roads with an additional levy on motorways.

Sales drop in 'hundreds of towns'

Hundreds of towns across the UK have seen a drop in property sales by those taking their second step on the property ladder. Research by Lloyds TSB found 374 out of 577 areas saw an annual fall in sales for the first seven months of 2012 for "second stepper" homes.

Test Match Special told to stump up

BBC Radio's Test Match Special coverage of England's forthcoming four-test cricket tour of India could be in danger after the Board of Control for Cricket in India asked the Corporation to pay an extra £50,000 to use facilities at its stadiums. The BBC says the charge is "unreasonable". MORE

Political blond ambition

Madonna drew boos during her "MDNA Tour" in New Orleans on Saturday night when she told the crowd: "I don't care who you vote for, as long as you vote for Obama."

Ballroom good, boy bands not so good

Viewers are hot-footing it away from ITV's Saturday night flagship The X-Factor, with thousands foxtrotting across to the BBC instead. Strictly Come Dancing won the ratings war again on Saturday with 200,000 more viewers tuning in.

In copyright law the past is not dead

The writer William Faulkner's estate is suing Woody Allen, the Washington Post and several others for infringing copyright. In Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson says: "The past is not dead! Actually, it's not even past." MORE

Air raids and rebel attacks flout 'truce'

Syria's air force fired missiles and dropped barrel bombs on rebel strongholds while opposition fighters attacked regime positions yesterday, flouting a UN-backed ceasefire over a long holiday weekend. The failure to push through a four-day truce has been a sobering reflection of the international community's inability to ease 19 months of bloodshed in the country. MORE

Zuma drops 'rape' cartoon lawsuit

President Jacob Zuma is to drop a lawsuit claiming $600,000 (£372,000) in damages from a cartoonist who depicted him poised to rape "Lady Justice", his office said yesterday.  MORE

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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