The News Matrix: Thursday 23 February 2012


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Mayor Boris calls for ticket transparency

Boris Johnson has urged the London 2012 organising committee (Locog) to show greater transparency in its ticketing process, dubbing the current system "the cruel engine of disappointment". Locog has refused to publish the percentage of tickets made available to the public.

At least 49 dead in rush hour train crash

A packed commuter train ploughed into the buffers at a Buenos Aires station during morning rush hour yesterday, killing at least 49 people and injuring more than 600 others. Officials said the train may have suffered brake failure when it hit the central Once station.

Santorum stung by Satan remarks

Rick Santorum, the Republican presidential contender, was attempting to tamp down controversy over remarks he made four years ago about Satan having "his sights" on America as he and the other candidates gathered in Arizona last night for a live television debate. MORE

Police chiefs' fears over G4S project

The Police Federation has concerns over a security firm's running of a station with Lincolnshire Police. G4S's design, which can hold more offenders in cells should a major incident occur, could save £28m, but the Federation says its staff may not be as devoted as those in the public sector.

Comedian Frank Carson dies, aged 85

Comedian Frank Carson, best known for his catchphrases "It's a cracker" and "It's the way I tell 'em", has died aged 85. Belfast-born Carson passed away at his home in Blackpool. He had been suffering from poor health.

Pregnant girl's killer jailed for 35 years

A former nightclub bouncer appeared to yawn as he was jailed for at least 35 years for the rape and murder of heavily-pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender. Carl Whant, 27, raped the 19-year-old, the girlfriend of his cousin, stabbed her to death and set her flat on fire in Newport, Wales in February last year. He was found guilty of murder, rape, child destruction and arson yesterday. MORE

'Dingo baby' mother fights to clear name

Australia's most notorious legal saga will end when a coroner is asked to rule that a dingo was responsible for the death of Lindy Chamberlain's baby 32 years ago. Mrs Chamberlain was cleared of murdering her daughter, but the cause of Azaria's death was never established.

Police release DSK after orgy inquiry

The former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been released from a police station after two days of questioning over a suspected hotel prostitution ring. Judicial officials say he will be summoned again next month by three judges, who will decide if there is enough evidence to file charges.

Victoria's jubilee book to go on display

A notebook belonging to Queen Victoria will go on display in Edinburgh in March. Victoria used the notebook to record her diamond jubilee celebrations. It contains the signatures of those who attended a dinner in June 1897. Among the guests was Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination led to the First World War.

Lorraine Kelly hurt falling from horse

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly said she got a "real fright" after falling from a horse, which then stamped on her leg. The 52-year-old lost a lot of blood and was rushed to hospital for surgery after the accident on Tuesday. Ms Kelly tweeted that the horse had made a deep wound that would take several weeks to heal properly.

Bureaucrats told: 'No more Mademoiselle'

The French government has announced that a woman's marital status should not matter when it comes to the country's bureaucracy. A new circular from the prime minister's office has ordered officials to phase out the use of the word "mademoiselle" on administrative documents.

Citizens agog at ministers' incomes

Prime Minister Mario Monti has published details of his government's personal finances. But given the amounts many earn, the move is likely to arouse envy rather than gratitude as austerity measures bite. The justice minister earned more than €7m in 2010, while the economic development minister made €3.5m. MORE

Spector's sentence appeal is rejected

The US Supreme Court has rejected Phil Spector's appeal of his conviction for killing actress Lana Clarkson. The producer's attorney argued the prosecution's use of Judge Larry Paul Fidler's videotaped comments and his picture during summations was improper. Spector, below, is serving 19 years to life in jail.