Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Finance Director

£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: Medico-Legal Assistant

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...

Ashdown Group: (PHP / Python) - Global Media firm

£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...

The Jenrick Group: Quality Inspector

£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...

The News Matrix: Monday 6 June 2011

Cable threatens anti-strike laws

Business Secretary Vince Cable will warn the GMB union conference in Brighton today that planned strikes could mean Government restrictions on strike action. Up to one million workers are expected to join anti-cuts protests on 30 June. MORE

Silent peers haunt Parliament

Nearly 140 members of the House of Lords have not spoken or asked a question in Parliament for a year. Only 21 of them declared an official “leave of absence”, but they can still use the free telephone, library, subsidised bars and dining rooms. MORE

Tear gas used to end yoga guru’s protest

Police fired tear gas to break up a hunger strike by an Indian yoga guru campaigning against corruption. He and thousands of followers were removed from a tent in Delhi. MORE

Oxfam to investigate ‘financial problems’

Oxfam has launched an investigation into “financial irregularities” in its flood relief programme in Pakistan. The problem was discovered in the southern province of Sindh and an independent external audit, expected to last up to four weeks, is under way.

Call to close women’s prisons

Senior police officers, magistrates, economists and penal reformers will deliver a report today urging the Government to speed up the closure of some women’s prisons and redirect money into community programmes for offenders. MORE

Border shootings leave 20 dead

As many as 20 people were killed when Israeli troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian protesters attempting to cross into the occupied Golan Heights. The violence came as Palestinians marked the anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel won a stunning victory over Arab nations and seized the Golan Heights and the West Bank. MORE

Sexy underwear is banned for under-12s

Guidelines published today by the British Retail Consortium will bar shops from producing thongs, black underwear and padded bras for under-12s in favour of “age appropriate” and modest garments. Nine stores including Next and M&S have signed a voluntary initiative. MORE

Real fat cats go on sale in Ohio

An animal shelter in Ohio with an abundance of chubby cats is offering them at a discount, hoping to entice potential owners to take one home. The Capital Area Humane Society says the fat cats are on sale this summer for $15 (£9) each or two for $20.

Campbell shrugs off on-field tussle

The former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell had an unlikely tussle yesterday with The Wanted singer Tom Parker during a charity football match. Campbell later posted on Twitter: “Match tasty in parts” and said the “so-called bust-up” was “all a bit handbags”.

Outrage over new Obedient Wives Club

Women’s rights activists are furious about an “Obedient Wives Club”, set up by about 800 Muslim women, to encourage spouses to obey their husbands and keep them happy in the bedroom. Women’s groups say that the idea is medieval and could encourage domestic violence. MORE

Sore throat ends Adele’s tour

Singer Adele has been forced to cancel the rest of her North America tour due to laryngitis. The possibility of rescheduling the sell-out show is being considered, and Adele has apologised to her fans, saying she is following doctors’ advice. MORE

Party girl gets 1,500 unwanted guests

A teenage girl in Germany, who forgot to mark her birthday party as private on Facebook, fled when more than 1,500 guests arrived and around 100 police officers with horses had to control the crowd. But a police spokesman told the Associated Press that the party “was quite a hit.”

For life, not just the handbag

Animal welfare charity the Blue Cross has put out a plea to all would-be Paris Hiltons that tiny “handbag” dogs are just as demanding as larger breeds, as the number of toy dogs abandoned at Blue Cross centres has soared in the past year.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick