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The News Matrix: Tuesday 30 October 2012
Longest-serving Wren heads ashore
The Royal Navy's longest serving female has retired from active service following a 34-year career. Warrant Officer First Class Susan Morgan, below, joined the Wrens at the age of 17 in 1978 and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for her role tackling equality and inclusion issues in the navy.
A pre-breakfast workout is the best
A pre-breakfast workout could help you lose more fat than exercising after the first meal of the day. The study, by the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow, monitored 10 overweight men and the effect on their metabolic health and fat loss.
Wine expert holds 51 glasses in one hand
A British sommelier has smashed the world record for the number of wine glasses held in one hand – 51, surpassing the previous record of 39. Philip Osenton, 43, a wine consultant based in Beijing, began handling dozens of glasses at a time when he worked at the Ritz and Savoy hotels in London.
Ai's 'Gangnam Style' parody is yanked
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has criticised the government in Beijing for removing from Chinese websites his parody of Korean pop sensation Psy's Gangnam Style video. Mr Ai and staff of his company performed Psy's famous horse dance in his Beijing studio and posted the video on Wednesday.
Pterodactyl dosn't have two Ls in it
Children have less trouble spelling rarely used words such as "palaeontologist" and "pterodactyl" than they do common ones like "doesn't" and "until", a study by Oxford University Press has found. Experts believe children are more likely to consult a dictionary when using unfamiliar words.
Gay marriage push divides nation
France is gearing up for one of its biggest political battles, over the President François Hollande's bid to legalise gay marriage. The leader of the centre-right opposition yesterday attacked the proposed legislation and said it threatened the "pillars of our society". MORE
Mirror investigates Sophie hack claim
The Sunday Mirror's alleged hacking of a phone owned by the Countess of Wessex's former business partner is being investigated internally by its publisher, Trinity Mirror, the company disclosed yesterday. MORE
British boy, 12, still missing after 3 days
Searches were continuing last night for a 12-year-old British boy who disappeared while cycling alone on a Mediterranean island. Pierre Barnes went missing during a storm hours after his family arrived on Porquerolles, near Toulon, for the half-term holiday. MORE
Editor on trial for printing bank details
A journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 wealthy Greeks with Swiss bank accounts appeared in court yesterday to stand trial for violating data privacy laws. Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of the Hot Doc magazine, was arrested at the weekend. MORE
Military steps up Damascus attacks
Syrian government jets pounded parts of Damascus yesterday in what residents said were the fiercest air raids to date. "More than 100 buildings have been destroyed, some levelled to the ground," said one opposition activist. "Whole neighbourhoods are deserted." MORE
Import ban on ash trees is imposed
A ban on the importation of ash trees and seedlings was imposed yesterday in an attempt to halt the spread of Chalara ash dieback disease. The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, said: "This is a very serious disease that demands action to stop its spread." MORE
Sandy gives Obama a chance to shine
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were forced to cancel up to two days of campaigning due to Hurricane Sandy, in the last full week of one of the closest presidential contests in recent US history. While taking him off the campaign trail, the storm gave Mr Obama the opportunity to demonstrate his leadership credentials. MORE
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- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more