The News Matrix: Monday 7 May 2012


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Cable 'vindicated' by Murdoch links

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary and Liberal Democrat big-hitter, feels "vindicated" over his dealings with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, as links between the global media giant and the Conservative Party come under more intense scrutiny. MORE

Heads to boycott new literacy tests

Headteachers plan to boycott two new literacy tests for primary school children. The National Association of Head Teachers' conference in Harrogate voted overwhelmingly against co-operating with a compulsory new test of 11-year-olds' spelling, grammar and punctuation. MORE

Republican rivals rally round Romney

Mitt Romney's defeated rivals for the Republican candidacy, Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann, rallied to support him yesterday as President Barack Obama launched his re-election campaign. MORE

BBQ clue to teenage girl camping tragedy

A teenage girl has died and her parents and brother were hospitalised with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning thought to have been caused by a disposable barbecue. The family was found unconscious in their tentat the Baron at Bucknell campsite in Shropshire. MORE

Body found in hunt for missing boy

Police searching for a schoolboy who went missing after falling into a river have discovered a body. Ian Bell, eight, fell into the swollen river Wear near Willington, County Durham, on 27 April. Durham Police said the body of a young boy had been found downstream from Page Bank Bridge.

Injuries and arrests at anti-Putin protests

Tens of thousands of Russians poured into Moscow's streets last night to protest Vladimir Putin's presidential inauguration, which takes place today. Hundreds were arrested and at least six were hospitalised. The protest was organised by leaders of the opposition, at least three of whom were among the people detained and attracted far larger crowds than anticipated. MORE

Biden: 'Chen's future in the United States'

As US officials worked on getting Chinese dissident Cheng Guancheng out of China, Vice President Joe Biden said that Chen's future is in the US. Chen, who escaped house arrest and fled to the US Embassy in Beijing, has an invitation to study at New York University. MORE

Warning from Argentinian envoy

British relations in South America could falter if the UK refuses to hand over the Falkland Islands to Argentina, Alicia Castro the country's ambassador to London said yesterday. She also defended a video showing an Argentinian athlete running up a war memorial on the island.

Marvel super-heroes are record breakers

In America, Marvel Comics' new super-hero hodge-podge, The Avengers, opened the summer blockbuster season with a record-smashing $200.3m (£124m) this weekend, sailing past the previous title-holder, the Harry Potter finale.

The Voice lags in talent show face-off

Britain's Got Talent continued its ratings fightback to quieten The Voice by pulling in a million viewers more than its talent show rival. BGT landed 9.5 million viewers on Saturday, while The Voice drew 8.2 million – a million down on last Saturday.

Woman boobs over bogus cancer appeal falls flat

Arizona woman Jamie Lynn Toler has been charged with fraud and theft after appealing for money for bogus breast cancer treatment then using it to pay for breast enlargement surgery.

Tulisa's single goes straight to No 1

The X Factor judge Tulisa shot straight to the top of the charts today with her single "Young". She took the No 1 spot from Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call me Maybe".