The News Matrix: Monday 8 October 2012


Israeli jets fly mock raids over villages

Israeli warplanes swooped low over Lebanese villages yesterday as suspicions hardened that Lebanese militia Hezbollah had launched a reconnaissance drone into Israeli airspace over the weekend, the latest twist in the shadowy war waged between Tel Aviv, Hezbollah and its backer, Iran.

Sandi Toksvig: I was groped on air at BBC

The scandal over sexual abuse in broadcasting widened yesterday as comedian Sandi Toksvig said she was groped while on air in the 1980s. David Cameron called for a full BBC inquiry into the Jimmy Savile affair. MORE

British spend £2.2bn on pilgrimages

Britons spent £2.2bn seeking religious awakening last year, research reveals. Lourdes, in France, where pilgrims believe they can be miraculously healed, was the most popular destination. In the past year, 12 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds went on a religious holiday, compared with 4 per cent of people over 55.

Imran Khan protest halted by military

Cricketing legend turned politician Imran Khan led a cavalcade of thousands towards Pakistan's notoriously lawless South Waziristan to protest against US drone attacks, which Khan claims kill civilians, but was turned back last night by Pakistan's military and fading light. MORE

Flu vaccine supplies delayed by a month

Vulnerable patients may have to wait an extra month for their flu jabs this year because a Dutch pharmaceutical company has halted supplies. Crucell, which supplies 10 per cent of the UK's flu vaccines, said it was investigating an "unexpected test result" before releasing the jabs. MORE

Health Lottery fails to reach £50m target

The Health Lottery has fallen £25m short of its charitable fundraising target of £50m. The lottery, set up a year ago by media tycoon Richard Desmond, has faced down a legal challenge from Camelot, the National Lottery operator, which says it breaches licence rules. MORE

Rising petrol prices fuel Romney's fire

The price of petrol – and President Obama's role in it – is set to become the latest front in the US presidential race as Republican candidate Mitt Romney seeks to capitalise on his recent bounce in the polls following an impressive showing in last week's televised debate. MORE

'Supergrasses' see sentences slashed

Serious criminals have had their sentences slashed in return for turning "supergrass" despite reservations about their reliability. The BBC's Panorama and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found hardened criminals saw their sentences cut by up to 90 per cent in an attempt to land bigger convictions, even when the cases they testified in subsequently collapse. MORE

City prosecutor drops joint in court

A New Orleans city attorney was arrested for possession of marijuana and suspended from his job after a marijuana cigarette or joint tumbled from his pocket in front of police in court. Jason Cantrell, 43, assistant city attorney, was issued with a summons after the incident.

Casino refuses to pay poker star £7.3m

A casino in London's Mayfair is refusing to pay a poker star £7.3m in winnings. Phil Ivey, 35, played a private game of Punto Banco at the casino in August. Crockfords has returned Mr Ivey's £1m stake but is now interviewing staff and reviewing surveillance tapes. MORE

Glastonbury tickets sell in record time

Thousands of music fans were left disappointed yesterday as tickets for Glastonbury sold out in a record 100 minutes. Organisers said they were "humbled" by the number of people who applied. There will be a second sale in April next year. MORE

Man defaces Tate Modern Rothko

A vandal defaced a painting thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds at the Tate Modern in London yesterday. The gallery said there was a "small area of black paint" on the work by the abstract artist Mark Rothko. MORE