The News Matrix: Tuesday 11 June 2013


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Man ‘revolted’ by wife’s surgery death

The devastated husband of a young mother who died weeks after two trainee surgeons mistakenly took out an ovary instead of her  appendix has said he was “revolted” by their NHS experience. Maria  De Jesus, from Dagenham, was heavily pregnant but developed  severe sepsis as a result of the  appendicitis and died from multiple organ failure.

Talks bring hope of easing tensions

North and South Korea will hold their highest-level talks in years tomorrow in an effort to restore joint economic projects and ease animosity marked by recent threats of nuclear war. Analysts say it’s a diplomatic victory for new South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Yeo to stand down as committee chairman

Tory MP Tim Yeo has announced  he is to stand down as chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee while he faces  investigation into claims he used his position to help business clients. He insisted that he had not breached Commons rules.

Villages evacuated as Elbe banks burst

The swollen Elbe River breached another levee yesterday, forcing German authorities to evacuate 10 villages and shut down one of the country’s main railway routes. The Danube has eased back from a record high on Sunday in Budapest, Hungary.

Man arrested after blast at MP’s office

A man has been arrested in connection with an explosion after a home-made device was apparently thrown through the window of Conservative MP Nick Boles’s constituency office in Bourne, Lincolnshire, at 1.30pm yesterday.

Apple creates music streaming service

Apple is aiming to take on Spotify at its own game by launching a music streaming service. Named iRadio, it will be available from the autumn in Britain, providing 200 virtual stations that will broadcast music based on individual choices of artists, songs and genres for any user, looking at their past listening history.

Last-ditch bid to save rare bustards

The Indian state of Rajasthan is launching a last-ditch battle to try and save the Indian bustard, of which there may be as few as 200 remaining. The bird, which has a wing-span of up to 8ft, is one of the heaviest birds capable of flight. Officials recently announced plans to spend £1.4m on protecting them.

‘Pantsuit aficionado’ Hillary joins Twitter

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has joined Twitter, describing herself as a “pantsuit aficionado” and a “hair icon”. The former New York senator and first lady sent out her first tweet yesterday under the handle @HillaryClinton. After about three hours, she had nearly 100,000 followers.

Council at odds with its 82 betting shops

Newham Council in East London has taken a stand against the spread of betting shops across its borough’s streets, which are home to 82 of them. With six per square mile, the council was in court yesterday opposing plans for three more Paddy Power stores – the chain already has 12 outlets in the borough. MORE

Marijuana harvest burned by police

Two fields of marijuana plants have gone up in smoke in south-western Jamaica. Police said they torched about one acre of a fully grown crop in a rural district of St Elizabeth. Some 5,000 seedlings were also burned. No arrests were made.  Jamaica is the Caribbean’s largest producer and exporter of marijuana.

WWII bomber is raised from sea

The only surviving German Second World War Dornier Do 17 bomber has been lifted from its watery grave in the English Channel. The aircraft was shot down off the Kent coast more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain. Attempts to raise the relic over the last few weeks have been hit by strong winds.