Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Graduate Pricing Analyst - 6 months / 1 year analytical experience

£20000 - £25000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Year 2 Teachers needed for day to day supply

£110 - £130 per day + Competitve rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Yea...

Year 4 Teachers needed for day to day supply across the region

£110 - £130 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Ye...

Nursery Teachers needed for supply roles

£110 - £130 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Nu...

The News Matrix: Saturday 21 December 2013

Grimsby mosque bombers jailed

Former soldiers Stuart Harness and Gavin Humphries, who fire-bombed a mosque in Grimsby following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby, have each been jailed for six years at Hull Crown Court. The pair were caught on CCTV throwing homemade petrol bombs at the building. MORE

Solicitation and brothels to be legal

The Supreme Court struck down all current restrictions on prostitution yesterday, including bans on brothels and on street solicitation. The Canadian parliament has 12 months to come up with other ways to regulate the sex trade before the decision comes into force.

Palestinian militant link to Lockerbie

Suspicions that Palestinian militants masterminded the Lockerbie bombing have been supported by previously undisclosed evidence held by US intelligence. The revelations, which discount Libya’s involvement, came to light in a Channel 4 News special. MORE

Palestinian killed in Gaza Strip violence

Soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian and wounded three others in three separate incidents in the Gaza Strip yesterday, Palestinian officials said. The Israeli military added that its soldiers used live fire to contain a number of incidents near the border and “several hits were identified”.

Abuse victims were ignored, MP claims

Discrimination led to the police failing to save teenage girls from sexual abuse, the MP for Rochdale has claimed following a damning report into a sex ring. Police, prosecutors, social workers and healthcare teams all failed to act on danger signs, the review found. MORE

Pope hires KPMG  to clean up books

Pope Francis has taken the dramatic decision to allow an army of lay people into the secretive bowels of Vatican City. The Church is hiring McKinsey and Co to modernise its communications operations, and KPMG to bring its accounting up to international standards. MORE

Drugs firm appeals thalidomide ruling

A German drugs firm will appeal a Spanish court ruling ordering it to pay compensation to 22 Spaniards who blame their disabilities on the drug thalidomide. Gruenenthal Group said in a statement yesterday “the plaintiffs ... have failed to provide minimum evidence of their claim”.

Half of trains late for some UK passengers

Some rail passengers have had to contend with more than half their trains running late in the last year. Yet UK train passengers are the most satisfied in Europe, according to an EC survey covering 26,000 travellers. The poll comes after Network Rail published figures.

Mayor among four shot dead at airport

Gunmen shot dead four people, including the mayor of the southern town of Labangan, at Manila airport yesterday. Ukol Talumpa and three others were killed as they waited outside the terminal. Police are considering political rivalry as a possible motive for the attack.

Rain may have had role in collapse

Heavy rainfall may have played a part in the ceiling collapse at London’s Apollo Theatre which injured 79 people, according to investigators. The building’s owner had previously admitted London theatre buildings had “suffered years of benign neglect”. MORE

Refugees take UN shelter from fighting

As fighting continues in several parts of the world’s youngest nation, thousands of refugees have taken shelter in United Nations premises, including 20,000 in Juba. The China National Petroleum Company announced that it was evacuating its workforce yesterday. MORE

Harry Potter to hit the West End stage

Harry Potter is set to be brought to a West End stage within two years. A play of the hit novels, co-produced by author JK Rowling, will tell the story of Harry Potter’s young life after his parents had died, but before he was adopted. Rowling will not help write the play. MORE

Rodman’s birthday basketball for Kim

The bizarre antics of Dennis Rodman continued yesterday when he held trials for North Korean players to join a one-off match on Kim Jong-un’s birthday. “Don’t be afraid, it’s all love here,” he said to the US sportsmen he hopes will participate in the game.

Revolutionary ‘had skin disease’

Two researchers who gave the French revolutionary Robespierre a 3D makeover said it was possible he may have had an autoimmune disorder. Using the historical figure’s death mask, a pockmarked face was constructed that bears little resemblance to portraits.

Neanderthals ‘could speak just like us’

Neanderthals could speak like humans, according to a new study. Computer modelling of a fossilised hyoid bone – found in the throat – returned results “highly suggestive” of complex speech in Neanderthals, said researchers at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Van Gogh painting gifted to the nation

An early painting by Vincent Van Gogh has been given to the nation to form part of the National Gallery collection. The work, Head of a Peasant Woman, had previously been on loan and has been handed over as part of a scheme to encourage  philanthropic giving.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits