The News Matrix: Thursday 11 July 2013


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Mrs Lawrence: ‘No confidence in police’

The mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence has told MPs that she had no confidence in police investigating their fellow officers, following accusations that undercover operatives targeted her family. Speaking to the Home Affairs select committee yesterday, Doreen Lawrence said: “Now I just don’t know what to believe any more.” MORE

Army cracks down on Brotherhood

Authorities escalated their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, ordering the arrest of its top leader for inciting violence. One week after the military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood movement has refused offers to join a transition plan. MORE

Working mums make a meal of failure

Working mothers feel like failures if they are not cooking for their family every night, a study claims. The findings, presented at the annual Psychology of Women conference, conclude: “Mums who don’t cook from scratch... feel like they’re failing.” MORE

British police call for action over hoax call

British police said yesterday they had asked Australian police to consider action against a Sydney radio station and its DJs who made a hoax call to a London hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate. Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse who answered the call killed herself days later. MORE

Body of 14-year-old girl found off coast

A body found in the sea off South Wales was confirmed as that of 14-year-old Hollie Jamie-Lee McClymont. The girl, from Glasgow, had not been seen since she went swimming off Barry Island last Sunday.

Police hunt  for bike attacker

Police are hunting the driver of a silver BMW after three cyclists were pushed or forced off the road in separate incidents. One rider broke his collar bone after being thrown over the handlebars when the car swerved at him.

Quebec train crash blamed on engineer

A train engineer failed to set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people, the CEO of the railway’s parent company MMA said yesterday. Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit to Lac-Mégantic hit by the oil train five days ago. The worker was suspended without pay.

US spying is nothing like Stasi – Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any comparison between US surveillance and pervasive snooping by communist East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi. Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, said there was no comparison between the Stasi and “intelligence agencies in democratic states”.

Valuable Jewish tombstones found

Vienna’s Jewish community says a historically important trove of ancient Jewish tombstones has  been recently unearthed, including some dating back to the 16th century. Jewish community official Raimund Fastenbauer said yesterday that the headstones have “high historical value”.

Mother gives birth  in broken-down lift

A baby girl safely delivered in a broken-down lift has been named Ella – after the elevator she was born in (short for ella-vator). Mother Melissa Cavanagh, 23, was forced to have her baby in the faulty lift after paramedics opted not to walk the expecting couple down nine flights of stairs from their tower-block flat.

Black café owner warns off racists

A café owner who believes her business is struggling because racists can’t stomach the coloured staff has placed a sign in the window advising customers who are “allergic” to black people not to enter. Martha-Renee Kolleh, of West Yorkshire, is black herself. MORE

Naked man caught with box of drugs

Norwegian police said they arrested a naked man who was carrying a large box that turned out to be full of drugs. Oslo police said witnesses alerted officers to a naked man walking around on a public street and arrived to find a 24-year-old man who was known to officers from previous incidents, reported.

Jo’burg ads ‘untrue’, rules watchdog

A watchdog has ordered the city of Johannesburg to stop running part of its “world class African city” marketing campaign as it is “misleading”. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint by resident Steven Haywood, who argued the ads “contain blatant untruths” – areas are steeped in poverty and crime.