The News Matrix: Wednesday 1 April 2015


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Fishmonger guilty  of killing two Britons

A fishmonger has been handed a death sentence after he was found guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo. Aidan Brunger, of Kent, and Neil Dalton, of Ambergate, in Derbyshire, both aged 22, were killed last August by Zulkipli Abdullah, 24. The murder penalty is death by hanging.

Events bring France and Germany closer

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President François Hollande of France have pledged to work more closely on economic and security issues after years of strain, saying the tragedies of the Charlie Hebdo killings and air crash in the French Alps had brought them closer.

Bupa cancer ad is banned by ASA

An advertisement  for the health insurer Bupa has been banned for implying that cancer patients have a higher chance of survival if they receive private healthcare. The Advertising Standards Authority said it had received 25 complaints about the television and video-on-demand advertisement.

Obama wants to cut emissions by 28%

The Obama administration wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025, part of a strategy to generate momentum for a global agreement this year on combating climate change and double the pace of carbon-pollution reduction in the US.

NHS vows ‘unlikely’ to happen – experts

Pledges made by the Conservative and Labour parties to make it easier to secure a GP appointment would be “unlikely” to happen in the next five years, experts have warned in the BMJ journal.

Lufthansa knew of pilot’s depression

The fact Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who crashed a plane into the Alps, suffered from depression was known to officials at the Lufthansa flight training school, it emerged yesterday – apparently contradicting claims by the airline it was unaware of anything that could have driven him to fly 150 people to their deaths.

Warning to public as murderer absconds

Police have warned the public not to approach a “dangerous” convicted murderer who breached his prison release licence. William Kerr, 53, absconded from a bail hostel in Hull. He was jailed for life for murder in 1998. North Yorkshire Police said he needed to be returned to prison “as  a matter of urgency”.

Couple’s death linked to robbery

Officers investigating the deaths of a former British diver and his wife found at their Spanish home have reportedly found signs that a botched robbery took place. Peter and Jean Tarsey, both 77, were discovered at their villa in Xalo,  near Benidorm.

Hostage-takers killed in shootout

Members of a banned leftist group who took a prosecutor hostage in his office in an Istanbul courthouse were last night reported to have been killed after police intervened. The prosecutor, thought to have been injured, was investigating the death of a teenager during anti-government protests in 2013.

It’s taking the Mickey, say hotel protesters

Edinburgh, called “the Athens of the North” because of its neo-classical architecture, may soon be more fit for Disneyland, according to conservationists. They say plans to add two modernist-style wings to the Old Royal High School while turning it into a luxury hotel are akin to giving it Mickey Mouse ears.

Black Book is a ghostly read

Scholars researching important medieval manuscripts were surprised when ultraviolet light revealed two ghostly faces staring out at them from the pages. The Black Book of Carmarthen, held in the National Library of Wales, dates from 1250. The experts believe the images were erased in the 16th century.

Chef to make diners pay in advance

Michelin-starred chef Isaac McHale is to introduce a ticketing system in his London restaurant, making diners pay for their food in advance whether anyone turns up. The Clove Club is believed to the first restaurant in the UK to implement such a policy, ensuring the establishment gets its money.