Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Austen Lloyd: Commercial / Residential Property - Surrey

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: SURREY MARKET TOWN - SENIOR PROPERTY SOLICITOR...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Programme - Online Location Services Business

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: What do you want to do with your career? Do yo...

Recruitment Genius: Senior QC Scientist

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is a leading expert in immunoassa...

Recruitment Genius: Development Scientist

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Development Scientist is required to join a ...

The News Matrix: Wednesday 14 November 2012

Deadly snakes seized from truck

Customs officials have seized 600 deadly cobras hidden in a truck. The snakes were thought to be from Malaysia and destined for a third country for use in traditional medicine or even human consumption. Thailand is a major transit country for illegal wildlife trafficking in Asia.

Hollande tries to reboot presidency

François Hollande attempted to relaunch his struggling presidency last night by promising to rebuild a strong France for a "new world" through a press conference seen as an opportunity to set a new tone. MORE

Hotel death plunge was an accident

An "adrenalin junkie" who had climbed landmarks including the Angel of the North died in an accidental fall from a hotel, a Teesside coroner ruled yesterday. James Smith, 30, of Middlesbrough, plunged to his death in Bangkok in August 2010.

UN 'failed to protect civilians in civil war'

The UN failed to protect thousands of civilians caught in the last months of Sri Lanka's civil war. According to an internal inquiry, a draft of whose findings were obtained by the BBC, the UN should "meet a much higher standard in fulfilling its protection and humanitarian responsibilities".

Hunt scraps patient satisfaction targets

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has torn up plans to force the NHS to meet specific targets on increasing patient satisfaction in the Government's much vaunted NHS Mandate. The document sets out what ministers expect from NHS managers. MORE

Acting news chief makes 'no leaks' plea

The acting director of news at the BBC urged her colleagues not to talk to news organisations on her first day in the job. Fran Unsworth said she did not want to see the organisation's problems "played out publicly across social media and in the pages of the national press". MORE

Kerry considered as Defence Secretary

Barack Obama is reported to be considering the former Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, as the country's next Defence Secretary. As the Obama administration enters its second term, the incumbent, Leon Panetta, is widely expected to step down. MORE

Academy prompts good school's closure

A school where 91 per cent of students reach the Government's required targets in English could close within two years as a result of Michael Gove's academies drive. Bedford's Harrowden Middle School is rated good, but the council is to reorganise its schools in 2014. MORE

Sailor tried to give secrets to Russians

A Royal Navy submariner has admitted trying to hand over top secret information to Russian agents. Petty Officer Edward Devenney, 30, was in custody last night after being caught in an MI5 sting. The Old Bailey heard Devenney, who obsessively posted as many as 40 tweets a day, was willing to pass on code-breaking technology which could be useful to an enemy. MORE

Stolen paintings found in cemetery

Four artworks stolen at gunpoint from a Pretoria museum on Sunday were dumped at a cemetery 700 miles away. Maggie Laubser's Cat and Petunias, above, and three other paintings were found in Port Elizabeth. A fourth picture is still missing.

End of the road for INXS after 35 years

The Australian band INXS have announced their decision to stop touring after 35 years. Drummer Jon Farriss said he understood the move would "come as a blow" to fans. The band's most famous member was frontman Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997.

Wet summer a boon for Christmas trees

Wet weather in June and July may have made for a miserable holiday, but the soggy summer has resulted in a bumper crop of Christmas trees. Growers said trees have seen greener foliage, glossy leaves and a strong fragrance. But the climate damaged supplies of holly and mistletoe.

Blur frontman marks broadcast birthday

The Blur singer Damon Albarn has made an "audio collage" to mark 90 years of radio. His three-minute clip of radio listeners' recorded messages will be broadcast on every BBC radio station and worldwide at 5.33pm today, potentially reaching a global audience of 120 million.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet