The News Matrix: Wednesday 10 April 2013


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Horse painkiller is found in corned beef

Asda said very low levels of the horse painkilling drug phenylbutazone, or bute, was found in horsemeat discovered in tins of corned beef in the first case in Britain. The Food Standards Agency said the level of the drug – banned from entering the human food chain – was low risk to human health.

Olympic coverage in race for TV Baftas

The London 2012 Opening Ceremony has been nominated for two awards at this year's TV Baftas. Also in with a chance of picking up gongs are the BBC's "Super Saturday" coverage and Channel 4's Paralympic programming. The Hitchcock biopic The Girl bagged four nominations. MORE

More working class boys miss university

Boys from working class areas are increasingly shunning university due to tuition fee rises, a study has warned. Last year, 1,700 fewer boys from the neighbourhoods with the lowest higher education participation rates were accepted into university. The number of girls accepted rose. MORE

Teachers lay it on the 20-mile line

Thousands of Danish teachers formed a 20-mile line between Copenhagen and Roskilde in protest after negotiations regarding working hours broke down, locking out 52,000 teachers. Union leaders had rejected a new deal offered as part of sweeping educational reforms.

Jamie cooks up low-cost meals to beat recession

Jamie Oliver is help recession-hit families with a new book and TV show that creates low-cost meals, which produce little waste. The chef, left, said: "As everyone comes under financial pressure, they want help to cook tasty, nutritious food on a budget."

'Oz' song climbs download charts

Baroness Thatcher's death could propel the Wizard Of Oz song "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" to the top of the charts. The song reached as high as No 9 in the iTunes chart yesterday after it was downloaded by people who saw her death as a cause for celebration.

Calls for inquiry into Leeds heart closure

Campaigners fighting to save the children's heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary have described the decision to suspend surgery at the hospital as "NHS politics at its worst", calling for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to launch an investigation. Save Our Surgery said it was "no coincidence" the unit was suspended a day after it was saved from permanent closure.

Hollande is given a second camel

The authorities will give French President François Hollande a second camel after the first one, a gift of thanks for France's involvement in repelling rebels, was killed and eaten by the family he left it with. An official said the second camel would be "bigger and better-looking".

Boy, four, shoots neighbour, six

A six-year-old boy is in a serious condition after being shot by a four-year-old neighbour in New Jersey, America. Authorities are deciding whether to charge anyone after police say the younger boy obtained a .22-calibre rifle from his family's home in Toms River.

Corporal in sergeant's uniform is fined £300

A Royal Marine corporal who dressed in a sergeant's uniform and medals to impress his family at a wedding despite not being entitled to do so was fined £300. Robert Barnett, 33, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, was found guilty of conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.

Spring is finally in the air – in a few days

After a miserable start to the year, temperatures are set to climb to 21C in England and Wales on Sunday. "The weekend is looking more promising," a Met Office spokesman said. However, an expert warned that the "odd shower and bits of cloud" mean we won't see "beach weather".

Nun admits stealing £84,000 from church

A Roman Catholic nun, Sister Mary Ann Rapp, who has a gambling addiction, has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $130,000 (£84,000) from two churches in New York state. The 68-year-old admits she stole the money from 2006 to 2011. She faces up to six months in jail.

Pyongyang urges foreigners to flee

Tensions in the Korean Peninsula have been raised as North Korean officials have advised all foreigners in South Korea to make evacuation plans. Quoting an official, the KCNA news agency stated, "We do not wish harm on foreigners in South Korea should there be a war." MORE

Veteran of Yugoslav Wars kills 13

A Serbian war veteran, identified as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, who fought in the Yugoslav Wars, has gone on a deadly rampage killing 13 people including his mother, son and a two-year-old. His motive is unknown; the murders were carried out in the early hours of the morning. MORE

Savita doctor denies Catholic abortion rap

A consultant at an Irish hospital has denied telling an Indian woman who died after a failed pregnancy that she could not have an abortion because "it's a Catholic thing". Dr Katherine Astbury denied Savita Halappanavar a termination but said she later discussed it on medical grounds. MORE

Syrian rebels are linked to al-Qa'ida

Al-Qa'ida in Iraq has confirmed for the first time that the al-Nusra Front, a prominent force in the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, is part of their network. The announcement, posted in an audio clip online, confirmed the long-held belief of the existence of a link. MORE

Tarantino censors Django for release

Maverick director Quentin Tarantino has had his film Django Unchained approved for release in China, on the condition that he change certain scenes so they appear less gory. A Sony Pictures spokesman said Tarantino had agreed to make "slight adjustments". MORE