Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Workshop Deputy & Production Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A rare and exciting role has arisen within thi...

Recruitment Genius: HR Assistant

£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a keen...

Recruitment Genius: Finance Assistant

£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to expansion, this multi-ac...

Recruitment Genius: SEO Specialist

£21000 - £34000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity for an e...

The News Matrix: Thursday 31 January 2013

Israel 'bombs' military centre in Damascus

Israeli forces have reportedly bombed a military research centre in Damascus over concerns that groups such as Hezbollah could get hold of a stockpile of chemical weapons. The attack followed a period of 36 hours when at least 12 Israeli warplanes crossed into Lebanon's airspace. MORE

Police considering recruitment reform

The practice of hiring all new police recruits as constables could cease. Policing minister Damian Green said the system puts off applicants who don't want to wait 25 years to reach top ranks. But the Association of Chief Police Officers said such reform may anger existing officers. MORE

Ecstasy could be decriminalised

The possession of ecstasy for personal use could be decriminalised in Colombia in an attempt to curb drug trafficking. Justice Minister Ruth Stella has introduced a Bill which would put synthetic drugs in the same category as cannabis, meaning those carrying small amounts would not be prosecuted.

UK exit would be a 'mistake', says Clarke

Leaving the European Union would be a "fatal mistake", Ken Clarke has warned. The Tory grandee urged the Prime Minister to be "positive" in negotiations with fellow EU leaders. "It is in our vital national interest that we avoid the fatal mistake that would be a No vote if a referendum is held in the next few years," he said. MORE

New BlackBerry phone launched

The new BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been unveiled, and it bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple's iPhone. Its latest offering boasts flashy graphics, better cameras and an improved app store. MORE

Polish becomes UK's second language

Polish is now the most commonly spoken non-native language in England and Wales, with more than half a million people in this country speaking it as a first language. Almost 140,000 people in England and Wales can't speak any English, while 726,000 can only summon basic phrases. In 2001, Polish wasn't in the top 12. MORE

Cats and dogs react to 'pleasure pulses'

Scientists may have discovered why cats and dogs never seem to tire of being petted. Areas of hairy skin contain specialised nerve cells that send "pleasure pulses" to the brain when stimulated. A study of laboratory mice showed that the nerve endings in their hairy back legs respond well to rubbing, but not to pain. MORE

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat