The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 January 2015


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Boys should play with dolls, says MP

Young boys should be encouraged to play with dolls, Jo Swinson has told MPs. The Liberal Democrat equalities minister condemned stereotyping at an early age and said that boys must be allowed to develop their “nurturing and caring” instincts.

Warlord to be handed over to ICC

A senior Lord’s Resistance Army commander who surrendered last week to the US military in the Central African Republic will be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for trial. Dominic Ongwen was wanted for crimes against humanity.

Ten killed after rocket hits bus

At least 10 civilians were killed and more than a dozen wounded after a passenger bus driving near an army checkpoint in eastern Ukraine was hit by a rocket yesterday. According to the Russian news agency Tass, rebel officials denied involvement in the attack.

Alcoholism fear over long working week

Drink campaigners are calling  upon employers to adhere to European limits on the length of the working week in light of new research which reveals that people who work long hours are significantly more likely to develop  a problem with alcohol.

Premier to make state visit to Britain

Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to Britain later this year, a Foreign Office minister said yesterday. He fended off accusations that London was reluctant to confront Beijing over Hong Kong.

Clegg condemns snooper’s charter

Nick Clegg has said the Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose plans for a so-called “snooper’s charter” that David Cameron has hinted he intends to revive. The Deputy Prime Minister said he backed measures to identify suspected extremists and examine their correspondence, if necessary, but added that privacy is a “qualified right”.

Pakistani Taliban boss ‘a terrorist’

The United States yesterday declared the Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah a “global terrorist”, making it a crime to engage in transactions with the man behind the 16 December attack in which 134 children at a Peshawar school were killed.

Bid to trademark ‘Je Suis Charlie’ slogan

A Belgian businessman who applied to trademark the slogan “Je Suis Charlie” for commercial goods has insisted he plans to license the phrase, adopted by Charlie Hebdo sympathisers worldwide, to raise funds for the families of the cartoonists massacred by terrorists.

Burnt cow dung threat to Taj Mahal

India has forbidden the burning of cow dung fuel cakes near the Taj Mahal following fears that the famed mausoleum is turning yellow from air pollution. The ban is aimed at reducing carbon deposits on the building, as well as keeping the city’s walls from being “plastered with cow dung”.

Party pooper Bez forgets to register

Happy Mondays dancer and percussionist Bez launched his political party, The Reality Party, this week – but forgot to register it with the Electoral Commission. The regulator gave the Mancunian a dead- line of 12 January but he forgot to get back to them. As a result The Reality Party was deregistered.

Get shovelling, citizens are told

Igor Albin, the deputy governor of St Petersburg, has told the city’s residents to shovel the snow from the streets themselves and that the activity was “good for one’s health and helps to order one’s thoughts,” according to the BBC. His comments came after authorities were criticised for not clearing snow from roads.

Cameron’s hope of slim election victory

David Cameron has pledged to give up bread in a bid to slim down before the general election in May. The Prime Minister told BBC Radio Sussex he was “trying” to stick to his post-Christmas diet. However, Mr Cameron added: “It is difficult when you’re on the road a lot. I am trying to go for a run every other day.”

Dog finds home after 7-year wait

A dog believed to be the “most overlooked” in Britain has been re-homed after seven years in a rescue centre. Jed arrived at the Dogs Trust in Darlington as a puppy in 2007 and was rejected by an estimated 14,000 visitors. But the lurcher finally has a new family after a couple from Whitby agreed to take him home.