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The News Matrix: Tuesday 7 January 2014

Most Britons back halt to immigration

More people than ever before want a substantial cut in immigration, according to research revealed last night. New findings from the British Social Attitudes survey found that 77 per cent of the electorate supported a reduction in immigration levels, including 56 per cent who wanted it cut by “a lot”. Numbers backing a big cut have risen from  39 per cent in 1995. MORE

Hollande in U-turn over tax cuts

President François Hollande is to relaunch his faltering presidency with a series of proposals to cut public spending. The new policy has been welcomed by employers, and castigated by unions and the left as a break from the President’s statist approach. MORE

New meningitis B vaccine is trialled

Doctors are trialling a new vaccine that could help to protect children across the UK from meningitis B. The study, being conducted at the NIHR Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at Southampton General Hospital, will investigate the effectiveness of the vaccine.

‘Jihad Jane’ gets  10 years in jail

A US woman involved in a plot to kill a Swedish artist has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was obsessed with jihad. Colleen LaRose had called herself “Jihad Jane” online and agreed to kill Lars Vilks over his drawings depicting the prophet Mohamed. MORE

Blinded PC’s marriage ‘was over’

PC David Rathband was found hanging at his home after an affair with a survivor of the 7/7 bombings effectively ended his marriage, an inquest heard yesterday. The 44-year-old, who was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, was found dead in February 2012. MORE

Cheney ends Senate bid over health issue

Republican Liz Cheney, the oldest daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, has ended her Senate bid in Wyoming, citing serious family health issues. Ms Cheney, a lawyer, was seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Senator Mike Enzi in a primary election in August. MORE

Merkel fractures pelvis while skiing

Angela Merkel has cancelled all her meetings for the next three weeks after fracturing her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland. The injury was sustained near the resort of St Moritz. MORE

Polar vortex sends temperature to -52C

A polar vortex has sent temperatures plummeting to as low as -52C in some places. Chicago’s O’Hare airport reported that the mercury was as low as -26C yesterday. The low temperatures were described as “life-threatening” in several central states. MORE

Man drove at 60mph with hands on head

A man has been banned from driving for a year after he was filmed by a police camera driving without using his hands at 60mph. 36-year-old Richard Newton, from Whitby, was seen with both hands on his head as he continued along a busy road for 25 seconds. MORE

US says elections were not credible

The US says elections – during which 18 people died – do not appear credible. The party of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina easily won Sunday’s vote. The opposition boycotted them because Mrs Hasina refused to allow a neutral caretaker to oversee them.

MPs to vote on limits for betting machines

MPs will vote today on measures to tackle the spread of high-stakes gambling machines which Labour claims have allowed betting shops to become “mini casinos”. The fixed odds betting terminals can see users lose up to £300 a minute.

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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

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Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices