The News Matrix: Thursday 5 June 2014


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PPI victims may have lost extra £1bn

Major banks and credit card companies may have cost victims of the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal an extra £1bn, by failing to refund additional charges and penalties triggered by the premiums paid for the mis-sold policies. Customers with credit cards from Lloyds Banking Group and MBNA are among those affected. MORE

Ukip MEP employed ‘dozens’ of migrants

Ukip’s new Welsh MEP Nathan Gill is facing criticism after confirming he employed “dozens” of east European and Filipino workers in a care company. Mr Gill was a director of a number of family businesses that provided care services to Hull City Council. MORE

Cameron warns Russia over Ukraine

David Cameron has issued a fresh warning to Russia that it faces global isolation if it continues to interfere in Ukraine. Arriving in Brussels for a summit of the G7 group of industrialised nations, the PM said Moscow needed to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. MORE

No let-up in youth crime tsar problems

Kent’s police and crime commissioner, Ann Barnes, should “consider her position”, after the youth crime tsar she appointed in March, Kerry Boyd, was suspended for befriending a married ex-councillor. Ms Boyd replaced Paris Brown, who quit over offensive Twitter comments.

Assad re-elected in landslide victory

President Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected by a landslide, with 88.7 percent of the vote, Syrian parliamentary speaker Jihad al-Laham said yesterday. The turnout was 73.4 per cent, according to the Supreme Constitutional Court. A court spokesman said 11.63 million voted. MORE

Final Navajo war ‘code talker’ dies

The last of 29 Navajo Americans who developed a code that helped Allied forces win the Second World War died in New Mexico yesterday at the age of 93. Chester Nez was recruited by the US Marine Corps to create a code based on their language that the Japanese could not crack.

McBride’s overnight success after 9 years

Irish author Eimear McBride has won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with her debut novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. McBride spent nine years trying to get the book published. MORE

Divorce could lead to obesity in children

The children of divorced parents are more likely to be obese, claims a Norwegian study. Children of a divorced couple were shown to be 1.54 times more likely to be obese than children with married parents. The height, weight and waist of 3,166 Norwegian children were measured.