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The News Matrix: Monday 9 May 2011

Islamabad probed over Bin Laden ties

Washington has pressed Pakistan to cooperate fully in an investigation into how Osama bin Laden found shelter in countryside near Islamabad. Officials have made claims that Bin Laden was directing al-Qa’ida from inside the compound where he was killed. MORE

Publicity drive to explain tuition fees

The Government has today launched an information campaign in an attempt to better explain changes to university fees. The publicity blitz will focus on how to get a student loan, living costs and financial support from the Government.

Sellafield plant could face closure

The future of a controversial nuclear fuel processor at Sellafield, Cumbria, hangs in the balance this week after Japan’s Prime Minister called for a nuclear power station near Tokyo, set to be the UK plant’s most important customer, to be shut. MORE

Spanish PM’s tribute to champion Seve

The Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, yesterday paid tribute to five-time major golf champion Seve Ballesteros, who died on Saturday MORE

Attack on sending refugees to Malaysia

Australia’s initiative to deter asylum seekers by sending them to Malaysia was condemned yesterday, with critics noting Kuala Lumpur had a record of mistreating refugees. The government has agreed to send 800 asylum-seekers to Kuala Lumpur. MORE

Eighteen killed in jailbreak attempt

Huthaifa al-Batawi, known as the “Emir of Baghdad” and accused of a deadly attack on a Catholic church, was killed with 10 other al-Qa’ida militants during a jailbreak attempt in Baghdad yesterday. A total of 18 people died during the battle. MORE

Al Fayed to launch film about Diana

The former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed will attend the Cannes Film Festival this month to launch a film about the death of Princess Diana. The film, made by Lily Allen’s actor father Keith, says “vital evidence” was withheld. MORE

Doctors warn PM about NHS reforms

The head of the professional body for doctors has warned David Cameron that the NHS must not be undermined as a result of reforms. Dr Clare Gerada, of the Royal College of General Practitioners, outlined “serious concerns” regarding the proposals.

i circus campaign on Commons schedule

i's campaign to ban wild animals in British circuses is to be highlighted in Parliament. As well as thousands of i readers pledging their support, Labour frontbenchers have vowed to call for Government action in the Commons on Thursday. MORE

Brigitte Bardot’s ex kills himself

Gunter Sachs, a German photographer known for his playboy lifestyle and a brief marriage to Brigitte Bardot, has committed suicide. Sachs, 78, married Bardot in 1966. He was suffering from an incurable degenerative disease.

Adele is back on top after a Foo days’ rest

Adele has topped the album chart for a 14th week, reclaiming the top spot after being knocked off briefly by US rock band Foo Fighters. The singer’s album 21 made history with 11 consecutive weeks at the top. Her debut album 19 was in third position.

Zeta Jones backs farm campaign

Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones is backing a £1m bid to save a Snowdonia beauty spot. The Welsh actress is supporting the fundraising campaign by the National Trust which wants to buy Llyndy Isaf, a farm in the Nant Gwynant valley. MORE

Protesters rally in support of ‘sluts’

Chanting “We love sluts”, about 2,000 protesters have marched in Boston in the latest protest known as a “Slut- Walk.” The movement was sparked by aToronto police officer’s remark that women could avoid being raped by not dressing like “sluts”.

Sleep’s a prickly issue for hedgehog

An overactive hedgehog has baffled his carers after refusing to hibernate. Pody was discovered in a garden in Bournemouth last year when he should have been sleeping in dry grass. The hedgehog was whisked off to the vets by an alarmed resident.

British strawberries benefit from weather

The warm weather has resulted in an early crop of strawberries, which are flying off supermarket shelves. Farmers reported the earliest crop for 20 years and double the normal yield. Foreign imports have now been cut to accommodate the glut of British fruit. MORE

Bullets and burqas from the front line

War reporters have submitted memorabilia of conflicts they have covered for an exhibition in Manchester. The trove of unusual items include a bullet that almost hit Kate Adie and a burqa which was worn by John Simpson to enable him to sneak into Afganistan. MORE

iPad rush leaves four in hospital

Four people were hospitalised and a glass door shattered after a frenzied scuffle among customers crowding to buy the new iPad2 in Beijing. A witness said a fight broke out in the queue at the Beijing Apple store on Saturday.

‘Rollerman’ takes on the party elite

China’s southern boomtown of Guangzhou has a new hero – “Rollerman”, a mysterious bespectacled foreigner on rollerblades who has taken to challenging government vehicles seen violating traffic rules. But there is some disquiet that it has taken a foreigner to make a stand. MORE

President is best man as 350 couples wed

Bolivian President Evo Morales was best man at a mass Andean wedding of 350 couples over the weekend. The ceremony was held in the capital La Paz, where Mr Morales gave a speech to the couples, who crowded the arena’s floor wearing multicoloured native ponchos and hats.

Madness frontman in dramatic debut

Madness frontman Suggs is to make his radio acting debut with a lead role in a new BBC Radio 4 drama. Suggs – real name Graham McPherson – plays an ageing musician in Deep Down And Dirty Rock’n’Roll, which is to be aired on 14 May.

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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
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

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Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve