The News Matrix: Wednesday 2 October 2013


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Attacks cost £154m in lost tourism

Experts predict that the terrorist attack on a Nairobi mall will cost Kenya's economy up to £154m in lost revenue from tourism. Moody's Investors Service and the World Travel and Tourism Council said the Islamic extremist assault which killed at least 67 people at Westgate Mall on 21 September could slow growth of Kenya's GDP by 0.5 per cent.

Liam Adams guilty of raping daughter

The brother of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been convicted of raping his daughter in a case that is highly embarrassing for the Irish nationalist political party. Liam Adams was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter Aine, when she was aged 5 to 9. MORE

Legionnaires warning on compost

Gardeners have been warned to wear gloves when handling compost and avoid breathing in the dust, which could contain Legionnaires disease. Scientists discovered the bacteria in 14 of the 22 brands of potting soil available in Britain, although most of the strains were not a risk to humans.

Dead boy's mother says she was abused

A mother whose mummified son's remains were found in his cot two years after he was allegedly starved to death has denied neglecting or abusing the child. Amanda Hutton told Bradford Crown Court that she was the victim of two decades of abuse at the hands of the boy's father. MORE

Fines for firms who dial 999 over lifts

Councils and businesses in London that call the fire brigade to deal with non-emergency incidents involving lifts could face fines of £290, plus VAT, if they call more than three times in a year. The capital's fire service dealt with around 17 lift- related calls a day last year.

Torture 'rampant' in militia-run jails

Torture is widespread in Libyan jails since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in late 2011, say UN investigators. The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Support Mission in Libya said it is rampant in jails run by militias who triumphed in the civil war.

From an ad man to a revolutionary doc

Star of Mad Men, Jon Hamm (left) has a new role which takes him far from Madison Avenue to a dreary hospital in Russian during the 1917 revolution. A Young Doctor's Notebook, debuts in the US today.

Dylan tour manager recalls the Sixties

A posthumous memoir by Bob Dylan's tour manager during the Sixties is due out next September. Another Side of Bob Dylan by Victor Maymudes is being written by his son, Jacob, and will be based on tape-recorded recollections he made shortly before his death in 2001.

Must have been a Fjord Focus...

Thieves have stolen a car containing Viking swords, axes, helmets and chainmail. One of the axes among the items used for Viking re-enactments is six feet long, according to Leicestershire Police. The combined swag is worth nearly as much as the car itself.

Snoop Lion makes a swede call

US rapper Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, has called giant vegetable grower Ian Neale, of Newport, Gwent, 70, to congratulate him after the gardener broke his own Guinness World Record for cultivating the world's heaviest swede. It weighed in at 85.5lb (38.8kg).

Ants show the way on housing market

Humans could learn from how ants manage their real estate, according to scientists at the University of Bristol. Ants invest in property in consistent and rational ways by monitoring neighbours' nests, with bugs in poorer accommodation comparing more often than others.

Lostprophets split as singer faces trial

Nu-metal rock band Lostprophets have split up nearly a year after their lead singer Ian Watkins was accused of raping a baby and 22 other sex offences. The band formed in 1997 and had two UK top 10 hits. A statement on their Facebook page was signed by all members except Watkins.

Jellyfish shut down nuclear reactor

A huge cluster of jellyfish has forced one of the world's largest nuclear reactors to shut down – a phenomenon marine biologists say could become more common. Operators of the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in Sweden had to close a reactor after jellyfish clogged the cooling pipes.

Bullock makes 'best decision of her life'

Sandra Bullock says making the film Gravity with director Alfonso Cuarón was "the best life decision I ever made". Cuarón coaxed Bullock into playing an astronaut after she took a break following her Oscar-winning performance in The Blind Side, divorce and then adoption of son Louis.

With this bus stop I thee wed...

A couple have been handed a memento of the place they fell in love – a council bus stop. Aly Hussein, 41, admired future wife Michala, 40, as she waited for the bus at the stop in Bristol, before asking her out. Now the couple have been given the bus stop flag and seat.

Man fled home due to climate change

New Zealand's High Court will hear a case involving a man who claims he was forced to flee his country because of climate change. The 37-year-old man and his wife are from the tiny Pacific atoll of Kiribati, which is extremely vulnerable to global warming. MORE

Rhino poaching hits record numbers

The number of rhinos killed by poachers has hit a new annual record in South Africa, raising worries of a downward population spiral. As of the end of September, 704 rhinos had been killed by poachers in South Africa.

'Eating for two' can cause child obesity

Piling on the pounds during pregnancy can lead to overweight children, research has shown. A study involving more than 40,000 women and their 91,000 infants confirms the link between weight gain in pregnancy and childhood weight.

Anger as election results are delayed

Guinea's electoral commission said it could be days before results are available from the nation's first legislative elections in more than a decade, drawing criticism from the opposition. Results had been expected yesterday, or 72 hours after Saturday's vote.

Italian football fans smash restaurant

A restaurant near Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in north London had to close after it was attacked by supporters of Italian football club Napoli. Piebury Corner had its windows smashed and chairs broken by 30 thugs wielding belts while around 50 customers were inside.