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The News Matrix: Monday 9 December 2013

Protesters topple Lenin statue in Kiev

Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev yesterday, toppling a statue of Vladimir Lenin in an escalating standoff over the future of the country. The unrest was sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to turn away from a deal on EU integration. MORE

Match-fixing claims turn up the pressure

English football was facing difficult questions last night about its ability to tackle corruption after mounting allegations that league players deliberately tried to get booked by referees during competitive games in return for five-figure sums from gambling syndicates. MORE

‘Terrorist’ label was wrong, says Welby

Nelson Mandela was courageous to fight against apartheid in South Africa and should not have been labelled a “terrorist”, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday. The Most Rev Justin Welby said in Trafalgar Square that the 95-year-old was the “rarest of leaders”. MORE

Applause for French peacekeeping force

A 1,600-strong French force was applauded through the streets of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), having brought calm to the city after fighting killed 400 people in three days. President Hollande sent in the troops to halt a sectarian civil war. MORE

Remember the poor, Pope tells shoppers

Pope Francis took to the heart of Rome’s luxury shopping district  yesterday and prayed that people “never be left indifferent to the cries of the poor”. The appearance here on 8 December is traditional.

Low paid struggle in new Victorian age

The biggest drop in living standards since the Victorian age is putting an unprecedented squeeze on low and middle earners’ incomes, with women and part-time workers disproportionately affected, research reveals. More than five million people are classified as low paid and an increasing number of public sector workers are struggling to make ends meet. MORE

One dead in rioting at football match

One man is feared dead and dozens more injured after fans rioted at a football match in Brazil. A military police helicopter landed on the pitch and rubber bullets were fired into the terraces during the clash between Atletico Paraense and Vasco da Gama in Joinville. The match was relocated due to previous violence.

Common birds suffer sharp decline

The sharp decline in some of Britain’s most common bird species is resulting in their disappearance from some parts of the country. An annual stocktake of bird populations shows that many of the country’s most familiar species are suffering “plummeting” population changes compared with the 1990s. MORE

Polygamy lures rich men, poor women

Polygamy, although technically still illegal in Kazakhstan despite two attempts in the past 15 years to get it legalised, is on the increase as rich men see a second wife as a status symbol and young women see it as a way to escape poverty. MORE

Owens gold medal sold for $1.47m

An Olympic gold medal won by  Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin has been sold for nearly $1.47m (£900,000)to the Los  Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle. It is the highest price ever paid for a piece of Olympic memorabilia.

Regime confirms dismissal of official

North Korea has confirmed the dismissal of Jang Song-thaek, thought to have been one of the country’s most powerful officials. State media said he had formed a faction.

Gob-stoppers to impose a £500 fine

People spitting in public face a  £500 fine in a new by-law in Enfield, north London. Spitting  in a handkerchief, tissue, bin or container will still be allowed.

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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?

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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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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