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The News Matrix: Tuesday 28 August 2012
House prices face further squeeze
House prices are likely to come under further downward pressure for the rest of 2012 as growth in the number of homes for sale outstrips potential buyers. Property analyst Hometrack said demand went up by 10 per cent in the last year while supply grew by almost a fifth.
Public 'ignored' over lobbying reforms
The Government stands accused of ignoring the views of more than 1,000 people who responded to a public consultation on lobbying reforms after identifying just 79 respondents in its analysis. Unlock Democracy said this gave a "fundamentally flawed view of the consultation". MORE
Global trade in guns doubles to $8.5bn
The annual authorised global trade in small arms has more than doubled in the past six years to $8.5bn, driven by Americans buying more guns and big military purchases for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Small Arms Survey also named Britain as one of the largest importers.
Internet 'squatters' hit record high
Disputes over internet domain names have hit a record high over the past year. The disputes occur when brands, find a "squatter" using their trademark in a website name. Legal information provider Sweet & Maxwell said such disputes hit 2,944, a six per cent increase since last year.
Storm overshadows Romney convention
Forget the music, cheering and funny hats. Delegates at Mitt Romney's Republican convention in Florida are wary excess enthusiasm could strike the wrong note as Tropical Storm Isaac heads for New Orleans. MORE
Police vans to be fitted with CCTV
Hundreds of police vans in London are to be fitted with closed-circuit television cameras to address concerns about "hidden" abuse of suspects. The £4m refit comes after Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe met with the family of Sean Rigg, a mentally ill man who died in controversial circumstances in police custody in August 2008. MORE
Morsi appoints two Christian advisers
President Mohammed Morsi has named a team of 21 advisers and aides, which includes three women and two Christians. However, the appointments fall short of Morsi's promises during his election campaign to name a woman and a Christian as vice-presidents.
Algerian guilty of funding terrorism
An Algerian living in Scotland who was found guilty of funding terrorism, following a suicide bombing in Stockholm, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Nasserdine Menni was convicted of transferring money to Taimour Abdulwahab, who later blew himself up. MORE
Attacks reveal Taliban resilience
Afghanistan's bloody toll rose yet again as two American soldiers, ten Afghan troops and 17 civilians were killed by Taliban militants over the weekend. It underscores the fragility of Nato's exit strategy and the enduring power of the insurgency more than a decade after the Taliban regime was swept from power. MORE
Residents get their taste of America
Baghdad's embattled residents can finally get their milkshakes, chili-cheese dogs and buckets of crispy fried chicken thanks to a wave of American-style restaurants spreading across the Iraqi capital, enticing customers hungry for alternatives to traditional offerings like lamb kebabs and fire-roasted carp. MORE
Take off on Tuesday to land a bargain
For cheap flights to Europe, travel on a Tuesday, says Which? Travel. In a study of more than 1,000 flights, the magazine found flying from Gatwick to Alicante on easyJet saved at least 25 per cent compared with Friday. Inbound fares were highest at weekends. Sunday departures were most expensive. MORE
'Springsteen is the Boss of economics'
Anyone looking for early signs of distress in an economy should forget John Maynard Keynes or Milton Friedman and listen to Bruce Springsteen. That's the message from Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan, who on Wednesday cited the American rocker, known as The Boss, as one of his economic heroes.
Dragon wises up to glass ceiling
Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey says she now accepts that women face obstacles at work. The entrepreneur, 55, has long denied there is a "glass ceiling". But she told the Radio Times that making a BBC2 show, Women At The Top, made her think again. Devey said: "I had not appreciated the scale of sacrifices that they have to make."
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats