The News Matrix: Thursday 10 February 2011

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Nokia boss in shock rant to staff

Nokia’s share price rose yesterday amid speculation it would unveil a smartphone initiative on Friday. A memo from Stephen Elop, the Finnish company’s CEO, admitted Nokia had been outperformed by Google and Apple. MORE

Berlusconi urged to appear in court

Italian magistrates have called for Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial on sex and corruption charges. The billionaire leader could now be in the dock by Easter. MORE

Investigators name airport bomber

Authorities have named Magomed Yevloyev, 20, as the man suspected of blowing himself up at a Moscow airport last month, killing 36 people and injuring 180. A court also ordered the arrest of his 15-year-old brother and 16-year-old sister.

Moat victim played dead to fool killer

Pc David Rathband, the police officer who was blinded last July after being shot by Raoul Moat, yesterday told a court how he played dead after being hurt in order to avoid a further attack from the killer. MORE

Shot politician asks for a slice of toast

US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has spoken for the first time since she was shot in the head at a political gathering last month. She asked for toast in yet another significant milestone in her recovery from traumatic brain injury.

Suspect quizzed over buttock operation

Police in the US were questioning a woman yesterday over the death of a young Londoner following a cosmetic buttock treatment. Claudia Aderotimi, 20, died after travelling with three friends to Philadelphia for the procedure on Monday. MORE

Somali pirates grab $200m oil tanker

Suspected Somali pirates have captured a huge tanker carrying around $200m (£125m) worth of crude oil and 25 crew members through the Indian Ocean to the United States, in one of the biggest hijackings in the area so far. The attack comes amid record worldwide hijackings, almost all blamed on Somalian pirates. MORE

Daily Star seems to back far right group

The Richard Desmond-owned Daily Star’s coverage of the far right-wing English Defence League has been seen as an endorsement by the tabloid which usually keeps politics off its front page. MORE

Jean Else’s lost damehood

After being honoured for her work in turning around one of England’s worst schools, Jean Else’s damehood was officially annulled two years after she was found guilty of misconduct for unfairly promoting her twin sister to a £58,000-a-year job.

Becks does his good deed to kick off day

David Beckham stopped to help a stranded family whose car broke down on the way to school yesterday. He pulled over during morning rush hour near a roundabout in Ware, Hertfordshire, to assist photographer Paul Long and his two children. Long had been ignored by other motorists before the football star came to his rescue.

Catholics told Father iHave sinned is no go

Catholics cannot confess via iPhone and technology is not a substitute for admitting sins to a priest, said a Vatican spokesman. It comes after the launch of Confession: A Roman Catholic App, which helps believers prepare for confession.

Dialling a very wrong number

An American man on trial for killing his wife accidentally recorded the crime on her mobile phone, a Florida newspaper reported. Ronald Earl Williams, 45, apparently called his wife and activated her answer phone. He can be heard threatening to kill Mariama Williams, 31, along with the woman’s terrified screams.

Come Dine With Me voice moves to CBBC

Dave Lamb, the acerbic commentator on the Channel 4 dinner-party series Come Dine With Me, is to host a children’s history quiz show called Gory Games on CBBC. The quiz is based on the Horrible Histories series, inspired by the books of Terry Deary.