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

Systems Developer Technical Lead

£65000 - £70000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...

Energy Engineer

£25000 - £30000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Energy En...

Sales Representative, Leicester

£25-£30k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major well established nationwide market...

Sales Representative, Birmingham

£25-£30k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major well established nationwide market...

The News Matrix: Tuesday 10 December 2013

Cameron dithers over 11% pay rise

David Cameron last night insisted there was no need for him to take an immediate decision on whether to accept an inflation-busting 11 per cent rise in his salary – but the Prime Minister was immediately rebuffed by Ed Miliband. The proposed increase would take MPs’ earnings from £66,396 to £74,000 a year in 2015. MORE

PM to call election in response to protests

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced she will dissolve parliament and call an election following a renewed surge of anti-government protests in the capital, Bangkok. The main opposition Democrat Party resigned from parliament on Sunday. MORE

Spies infiltrate online gaming world

British and American spy agencies have infiltrated virtual worlds of Second Life, World of Warcraft and Xbox Live in the search for terrorists, new documents suggest. Once inside, they tried to recruit informants, documents leaked by Edward Snowden have revealed. MORE

Delay in removing chemical weapons

Ahmet Uzumcu, the head of the watchdog leading the mission to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, says there may be delays in transporting the chemicals out of the country. The most toxic of the chemicals are supposed to be taken out of Syria by end of the year.

Female scientists receive less funding

British female scientists are less likely to receive funding than their male counterparts, a study has found. Women also receive significantly smaller sums, according to the authors of the study, which is published in the online journal BMJ Open today.

Centre-left votes for ‘new Tony Blair’ 

Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, has been crowned secretary of Italy’s centre-left after winning 68 per cent of the vote in primary elections for the leadership of the Democratic Party. MORE

It’s likely there  was life on Mars...

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date that Mars was once a habitable planet capable of supporting primitive microbial life forms. Studies carried out by Nasa’s Curiosity rover have uncovered evidence the Red Planet had at least one freshwater lake about  3.6 billion years ago. MORE

Putin tightens his grip on media

President Vladimir Putin dissolved the country’s main state news agency yesterday, replacing it with a new body run by the Kremlin supporter Dmitry Kiselyov. Russia Today was the name given to the outlet, replacing RIA Novosti. Mr Kiselyov is known for his ultra-conservative homophobic views.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment