The News Matrix: Thursday 15 May 2014


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Claudia Lawrence suspect out on bail

The family of Claudia Lawrence have urged the public to keep coming forward with information, as one of her former colleagues was released on bail last night after being questioned over her disappearance in 2009. Michael Snelling, 59, lived less than a mile from the chef. 

Anger at minister’s food bank stance

Charities and politicians have reacted with anger to a claim by the Employment minister that the drastic increase in the number of people using food banks has nothing to do with the Government’s welfare reforms. In a letter to the Scottish government, Esther McVey said “the rise in food banks predates most of the welfare reforms this government has put in place”. MORE

Gandhi facing defeat in general election

Rahul Gandhi, the leader of India’s Congress Party and the representative of the family which has ruled the country most of the time since it became independent in 1948, faces electoral defeat tomorrow. Exit polls suggest his opponent Narendra Modi has beaten him. MORE

Britons told to leave amid terror threat

Britain and the US warned of potential terrorist attacks in Kenya and British citizens were urged immediately to leave the port city of Mombasa following a series of attacks. The warnings, issued on Tuesday and yesterday, may further damage Kenya’s tourism sector.

Drug ‘can help those with Alzheimer’s’

A widely used antidepressant can reduce levels of a brain-clogging protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, research has shown. Scientists say it is too early to recommend the drug to Alzheimer’s patients, but the build-up of “plaque” in the brain is associated with symptoms of the disease.

Pistorius sent for psychiatric tests

The trial of Oscar Pistorius has been postponed after the trial judge ordered the Olympic athlete to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. It could take 30 days, inevitably delaying any verdict. MORE

Chickens’ great escape ends on M62 

A lorry carrying thousands of chickens crashed into a safety barrier on the M62 yesterday. About 2,000 chickens “escaped on to the carriageway” and had to be recaptured, said Michael Clarke, from the Highways Agency. A further 1,500 were killed from the impact of the crash or hit by cars while making a break. MORE

Magazine ‘illegally tracked royals’

Danish police said yesterday they are widening an investigation into two former reporters and the publisher of a local gossip magazine, suspected of violating privacy laws by illegally accessing information – including credit card transactions – that enabled them to track Danish royals and celebrities for several years.