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The News Matrix: Saturday 7 September 2013

University to scrap zero-hours contracts

Edinburgh University has promised to put an end to zero-hours contracts after it was named the most prolific user of the controversial practice among higher education institutions. Currently there are 2,712 staff at the university on zero-hours contracts, but that's set to change. MORE

Girl shot by Taliban wins peace prize

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, has won the Children's Peace Prize for promoting education for girls in her homeland. Now living in Birmingham, she accepted the prize "on behalf of all the children all over the world trying to go to school".

Rape trial actor: I had little dark secrets

The Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell told a court that despite being an alcoholic, he never got so drunk that he raped a young girl. He said his "little dark secrets" were his one-night stands while his wife was undergoing chemotherapy. He denies 12 child abuse charges. MORE

Two held after boy in pram is shot dead

Two men were arrested yesterday after a boy being pushed in his pram was shot dead in New York. One-year-old Antiq Hennis received multiple gunshot wounds on Sunday. Police said they believed the child's father was the target and the gunfire may have been gang-related.

Hitler's bodyguard dies at age of 96

Rochus Misch, a former bodyguard to Adolf Hitler, has died at the age of 96. A witness to the Nazi dictator's final hours in his bunker, Misch published his own memoirs about his past entitled The Last Witness, although some critics suggested it exaggerated his importance.

Maker apologises for condom slogan

A condom company has apologised after producing packets marked "for foreigners and certain Germans" for a far-right party's campaign against immigrant births. The condoms were ordered by the National Democratic Party.

Batwoman writers quit in lesbian row

The writers behind the Batwoman comic books have resigned after DC Comics allegedly told them to alter their storylines, including the superhero's lesbian wedding. J H Williams and W Haden Blackmore said they were "frustrated and angry".

Meddling caused 'Walkie Scorchie'

"Walkie Scorchie" architect Rafael Vinoly, whose London skyscraper sent a "solar death ray" on to the ground below, has blamed the problems on a "super-abundance of consultants". He said: "It's the fault of the architectural discipline."

Well-hung and extremely tender

The village of Lunjevica is hosting its 10th unofficial testicle-cooking "world championships". This year more than 20 competitors will take part in the event to prepare "balls goulash" – a take on the classic central European dish.

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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

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A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

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