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The News Matrix: Monday 7 March 2011

At least 50 hospitals at risk from cuts

The future of at least 50 hospitals is under threat from the unprecedented squeeze on NHS finances, and there is growing alarm among senior managers of NHS trusts about cuts to services as the hospitals struggle to balance their books, according to the King’s Fund. MORE

Chirac’s embezzling trial begins in Paris

A Paris court is to hear evidence that the career of the former president Jacques Chirac was illegally subsidised by Paris taxpayers. Only two former heads of state have ever been placed on trial in the country. MORE

Minister re-ignites immigration debate

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s newly-appointed Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has said Islam “does not belong” in Germany, a country with a resident population of four million Muslims. MORE

Job centre staff to vote over conditions

Jobcentre Plus staff are to vote today on whether they should strike over “intolerable” working conditions. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) is balloting up to 7,000 members at offices across the country.

Scientists pinpoint heart disease genes

Scientists have found the largest number of genes – 13 specific mutations – associated with an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease, in a study that paves the way for genetic tests that will identify people most at risk of heart attacks and strokes. MORE

Motion writes tribute to Larkin

The former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion has written a poem in memory of Philip Larkin, who died of cancer in 1985. Motion has written the poem, entitled Legacy, inspired by photographs taken by Larkin. MORE

Kosovo and Serbia to start talks tomorrow

Kosovo will tomorrow hold its first face-to-face talks with Serbia since declaring independence three years ago, after insurgency and ethnic cleansing left 10,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Serbia has said it will never recognise Kosovo’s independence. MORE

Lung-cancer rates rise among women

A soaring rate of lung cancer – among women aged 60 and older between 1975 and 2008 – has been blamed on smoking. The figure jumps from about 5,700 to more than 15,100 women diagnosed with the disease. For those over 80 it leapt from 800 in 1975 to 4,700 in 2008.

Charities warn of ‘impending doom’

The world should prepare for up to five major disasters hitting big cities over the next 10 years, a group of UK aid agencies says. The Disasters and Emergencies Committee, which is made up of 13 leading humanitarian charities, said the worst-feared catastrophes were earthquakes in the cities of Tehran, Istanbul and Kathmandu. MORE

Costliest Picasso goes on display

The most expensive Picasso painting ever goes on show in the UK for the first time today. Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932) will be exhibited at London’s Tate Modern. It was bought for $106m (£70m) in May 2010. MORE

Man uses software to replace voice

A man suffering with motor neurone disease is preparing himself to read for his son even after he loses his power of speech. Laurence Brewer, 43, from Bolton, has used software called ModelTalker to start to “bank” 1,600 phrases and sentences to enable him to continue to read to 13-month-old Stan.

School is a ‘role model’ for teachers

A school in an ethnically homogeneous corner of Cornwall has emerged as a surprise role model for educators teaching pupils about tolerance. Gwinear Primary School, near Redruth, has won an award for its inspiring programme that encourages understanding. MORE

Che’s motorcycle companion dies

Cuba is mourning Alberto Granado, who accompanied Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara on an epic 8,000-mile journey across South America that was to awaken their political consciences and alter the geopolitics of a hemisphere. Mr Granado died in Havana at the weekend, aged 88. MORE

McQueen director not designing dress

The Alexander McQueen label has been forced to offer a denial after newspaper reports that its creative director Sarah Burton was asked to design Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Ms Burton worked with McQueen for 14 years before his suicide in February of last year. MORE

Football film plays to packed houses

A movie about a famous victory by a team of barefoot Indians over English soldiers in a football match 100 years ago has been playing to packed houses in India. The filmmakers hope it will spark a growing interest in the sport throughout the cricket-mad nation.

Adele continues her chart-topping run

Adele’s domination of the charts continued last week as she held on to the No 1 spot on both the singles and album charts. Her single “Someone Like You” has now been No 1 for three weeks and her album 21 has topped the album charts for six weeks.

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

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?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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The precise time when impressionism was born
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

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

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