The News Matrix: Tuesday 12 November 2013


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Blunkett angered by press hacking

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett was bemused about the “phenomenal amount” of  information the media had about his personal life, the jury at the  Old Bailey hacking trial has heard. His anger was revealed in a series  of voicemails left on the mobile  of a female estate agent, which  has hacked by News of the World. MORE

Spiritual leader runs $95bn empire

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, controls a business empire that spans oil, finance,  telecoms and even ostrich farming. The little-known organisation, Setad, is worth $95bn, according to a Reuters news agency investigation. MORE

Grammar schools to boost pupil numbers

A group of leading state grammar schools is planning a major  increase in pupil numbers, despite the ban on new schools. The five grammar schools run by the King Edward VI Foundation plan to  enrol a further 130 pupils from  September. MORE

Worst place in Arab world to be a woman

Almost three years after the start of the revolution in Egypt, the conditions for women has significantly deteriorated, according to research complied by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Egypt is the worst place to live in the Arab world if you are a woman, the report says. MORE

Police prioritise theft over sex crimes

Senior police officers spend more time tackling burglary than catching paedophile sex gangs, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. The watchdog expressed concern over South Yorkshire Police’s failure to act on widespread evidence of abuse. MORE

World champion? Here’s a Belieber

He has been called the Justin Bieber of chess. Twenty-two-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen is about to take on India’s Vishwanathan Anand, who has been the undisputed world champion since 2007.

Fugitive Russian tycoon arrested

A Russian property developer wanted in his homeland for  allegedly embezzling millions  of dollars was arrested yesterday  in Cambodia, where he had been  living. Cambodian police arrested Sergei Polonsky in the southern coastal town of Sihanoukville. MORE

Dorries ‘sorry’ for breaching rules

The Tory MP Nadine Dorries was forced to apologise to the Commons for failing properly to register her media earnings, including any fee for appearing on I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! following a report by the Commons Standards Committee. She apologised “fully for what was an inadvertent breach of the rules”.