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The News Matrix: Saturday 10 November 2012

Court will consider 'right to life' in battle

The Supreme Court is to debate whether a soldier on the battlefield has the "right to life". The circumstances surrounding the death of Private Phillip Hewett, who was killed in Iraq in 2005, will be studied by Britain's highest court. Any ruling is likely to have major ramifications for the armed forces. MORE

Woman's fatal leap to escape bailiffs

A woman in Spain jumped to her death as bailiffs approached to evict her from her fourth-floor apartment for failing to pay the mortgage. The unnamed 53-year-old, who worked at a local bus depot and was married to a former town councilor, threw herself from her balcony in Bilbao.

Diarrhoea vaccine for all babies

A vaccine against a bug that causes diarrhoea in thousands of infants each year is to be introduced from next September. All babies will be offered the rotavirus vaccine as part of the routine immunisation programme. It is expected to cut hospital admissions by 70 per cent.

Driver summoned after Wiggins crash

Cath Burrows, 44, who allegedly knocked champion cyclist Bradley Wiggins off his bike with a van has been summoned by Lancashire Police for driving without due care and attention. Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France, was taken to hospital with a fractured ribs after the collision.

Tibetans march for independence

Hundreds of Tibetans demonstrated yesterday, calling for freedom from Chinese rule. After six set themselves alight in protest this week, activists marched through the town of Rongwo, shouting for independence and for the return from exile of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. MORE

Coronation Street actor dies at 71

Bill Tarmey, who played Jack Duckworth in Coronation Street, has died aged 71. The actor, who played Duckworth for more than 30 years, died on holiday in Tenerife. He was due to play the Ghost of Christmas Past in an upcoming Children in Need sketch. MORE

Four years' jail for anti-Putin protester

The first of 19 defendants accused of taking part in a huge rally against President Vladimir Putin's re-election was jailed for four years yesterday after he pleaded guilty to attacking police. The cases are seen as test of whether the Kremlin plans to continue its crackdown on dissent.

Shoot-out at prison leaves 10 dead

Ten people were killed in a gunfight in Sri Lankan's biggest prison yesterday after police conducting a routine search apparently came under fire from inmates. The clashes lasted into the night. Witnesses said they saw police shooting at armed inmates on the roof.

New York brings in petrol rationing

New York City began rationing petrol yesterday for the first time since the energy shortages of the 1970s. Long queues for fuel have added to the problems of commuters, who face a choice between driving and using the damaged public transport network.

Hair gel tub bomber jailed for three years

A man who detonated two home-made bombs, one using explosives stuffed into a hair gel tub, has been jailed for three years. Allan Peach, 24, a former Royal Marine who was dependent on legal high N-Cat, blew several doors off their hinges at a block of flats in Dundee in June.

No more second chance for A-levels

Students will only be able to sit their A-level papers in summer, the exam regulator has announced. Ofqual said January exams will be scrapped in a bid to curb the number of those taking resits. Chief executive Glenys Stacey has said students tended to think they would "get a second chance". MORE

CIA chief admits affair and quits

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency has resigned after admitting to an affair. In a statement, General David Petraeus said: "After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behaviour is unacceptable."

Welby confirmed as next Archbishop

The identity of the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury was confirmed yesterday as Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham. He reaffirmed his support for women bishops, saying he was "averse to the language of exclusion", and said he would "examine my own thinking" on gay marriage. MORE

He is knight, dubb'd with unhatch'd rapier

Actor Kenneth Branagh was knighted by the Queen yesterday, more than 30 years after he first performed for her. Sir Kenneth, 51, said he was honoured to receive the accolade from the Queen, whom he first met when she saw him play Hamlet as a student at Rada in 1980.

I'm done, says US novelist Roth

American novelist Philip Roth has retired, it has been reported. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Pastoral told a French magazine he has not written anything new in three years. "To tell you the truth, I'm done," he said, confirming that Nemesis (2010), was his last book.

Ministry job: only geniuses need apply

Macedonia's Health Minister is looking for assistants – but they must be geniuses. Up to 10 advisers are needed to consult monthly for a daily fee of 5,000 denars (£65). Candidates must possess an IQ of at least 140, have a degree and speak at least two foreign languages.

Miami students walk on water

Students from Florida International University in Miami have walked on water for an assignment, wearing aquatic shoes they designed and created. Alex Quinones claimed bragging rights as the first to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake on campus in just over a minute.

It's all over now for Jagger's love letters

Mick Jagger's former lover Marsha Hunt is selling love letters that the Rolling Stones singer wrote to her in 1969, as she is "broke". Ms Hunt fathered Jagger's first child and helped inspire the song "Brown Sugar". She hopes the buyer will "recognise that they have a piece of history".

F1 racing star's ale 'should be banned'

A beer brewed by Jody Scheckter should be removed from shelves because it may appeal to children, watchdogs say. The former racing driver's Laverstoke Park Farm brand, brewed at his Hampshire farm, features a picture of a farmer drawn by his four-year-old son.

Close shave for man caught napping

A man caught napping in a Montana wheatfield is lucky to be alive after he was nearly run over by a combine harvester. The 57-year-old man had been travelling through the countryside by bus and decided to take a rest. He suffered cuts requiring stitches and may need skin grafts.

Evolution candidate 'created' by voters

A Georgia congressman who attacked the theory of evolution found himself with an unlikely opponent in Tuesday's election. It was revealed yesterday that 4,000 voters in one county cast write-in votes for Charles Darwin, author of On The Origin Of Species.

Blair visits China Palace – in Hull

Mr Chu China Palace, Hull, is not the sort of place one expects to find globetrotting Tony Blair. So there was surprise when he attended an event at the restaurant to support his former deputy, Lord Prescott, in his bid to become police and crime commissioner for Humberside.

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