The News Matrix: Tuesday 25 September 2012


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Britain prepares for another deluge

The deluge which caused flooding and travel disruption across Britain is set to continue, with some areas predicted to get a month's rain overnight. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for northern England, where winds could hit 60mph, and the east coast of Scotland. The Midlands and north and east Wales will also be affected, with possible flooding.

Mass brawl in iPhone factory

A company that makes parts for Apple's new iPhone 5 was forced to shut one of its plants yesterday after employees began a brawl. Fighting at the Foxconn Technology Group plant in the northern city of Taiyuan had escalated into a violence involving up to 10,000 workers. MORE

'We need foreign students' says Dyson

Sir James Dyson has hit out at the government for forcing foreign post-graduate students out of the country if they have no job two months after the end of their courses. He said that Britain is "training people to beat us" and that we needed to "keep creative people here".

Goebbels' juvenilia to be auctioned

The love letters, school papers and dramatic works of a college-age Joseph Goebbels reveal a romantic youth showing signs of anti-Semitism and controlling behaviour, according to a Connecticut auction house selling the pre-war writings of Hitler's propaganda chief. MORE

Sars-like virus found in Britain

A man is being treated in Britain after contracting a potentially fatal Sars-like virus, health experts have said. The 49-year-old, from Qatar, is in an intensive care unit in a London hospital after becoming infected with a new type of coronavirus, said the World Health Organisation. MORE

New book explores helping the poor

Harry Potter author JK Rowling says her new book The Casual Vacancy explores society's obligations to the poor. She wrote her first Harry Potter novel as a single mother on benefits. MORE

Catholics criticise tax sanctions

A Catholic reform group in Germany has criticised bishops for announcing believers who don't pay religious taxes won't be able to receive the sacrament, become godparents or receive a church burial. The decree attempts to prevent people opting out of paying up to 9 per cent of their income tax to their church.

Chinese ships enter Japanese waters

Four Chinese ships briefly entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea yesterday, prompting an official protest from Tokyo. In a move that could complicate the row, a group of fishermen from Taiwan – which also claims the isles – said 100 boats were headed for the area.

Late Show with David Cameron

David Cameron will sit down with long-running US television host David Letterman, CBS said yesterday, marking the first time a sitting British prime minister will visit Letterman's Late Show. The broadcast will take place tomorrow as Mr Cameron visits New York for the UN General Assembly .

Upside to castration? Eunuchs live longer

Castration can increase a man's life by up to 20 years, a study of eunuchs has shown. Scientists analysed genealogy records of 81 members of the Korean imperial court dating from 1392 to 1910 – three of whom lived to 100 or more. The average eunuch lifespan was 70 years, compared with 56 to 60 for intact men in the court.

Fireman Sam helps boy save his mum

When six-year-old Liam Robinson's mother collapsed he knew what to do – because he remembered advice from his favourite TV show: "get out, stay out, call 999". Mum Rebecca Forsyth, who is now back at home in County Durham, said: "He knew what to do because of the Fireman Sam song."

Homeland brings Emmys up to date

Homeland toppled Mad Men to win the top drama prize on Sunday as the Emmy awards favoured politics and 21st-century tensions over shows set in bygone eras. Modern Family, ABC's show about the chaotic lives of three related couples and their children, won best comedy series for a third year.

Imelda's shoes 'are of no importance'

The legendary collection of shoes left by former first lady Imelda Marcos when her husband was ousted by a 1986 "people power" revolt have no historical significance. The official statement came after the National Museum acknowledged that the collection of clothes and shoes had been neglected for more than two decades.