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The News Matrix: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Anger as Sarkozy lurches far right
Nicolas Sarkozy has provoked accusations of pandering to the National Front, and even copying the ultra-conservative wartime Vichy regime, in his bid to beat the Socialist challenger François Hollande in the second round of the French presidential polls next month. MORE
May dodges question of Qatada deadline
The Home Secretary has fuelled speculation that her office failed to obtain proof from the European Court of Human Rights as to the deadline for Abu Qatada to appeal against his deportation. Theresa May refused six times to respond to questions over the deadline.
Father recalls son's death in riots
The father of a man who was killed in last summer's riots has told of the "loud thud" he heard when his son was allegedly run over. Tariq Jahan was giving evidence at a murder trial in Birmingham.
Israel accused of creating 'settlements'
Israel has legalised three outposts in a move that critics say effectively establishes the first new Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land in more than 20 years. The Palestinians accused Israel of pushing the peace process into a "deadlock once again". MORE
Oslo chaos allowed Breivik to slip away
A police official yesterday described the chaos that reigned in Oslo after a bomb exploded, allowing Anders Behring Breivik to slip away and carry out a massacre. Thor Langli told Breivik's trial it was initially thought there were two suspects and two more bombs about to explode. MORE
Spy death scene video footage shown
Video footage showing the death scene of MI6 officer Gareth Williams was screened at his inquest yesterday. Members of Mr Williams' family couldn't bear to watch the material, which contained clips of a padlocked North Face bag with the 34-year-old still inside. The inquest heard that it would have been almost impossible for Mr Williams to have locked himself inside the bag. MORE
BP engineer arrested over Gulf oil spill
A former BP engineer was arrested yesterday as the US Justice Department filed the first criminal charges over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The engineer, Kurt Mix from Texas, was held on charges of destroying evidence and trying to erase text messages. MORE
ENO announces new Disney production
An opera based on the last days of Walt Disney will be staged by the English National Opera next June. The Perfect American has been composed by Philip Glass. ENO artistic director John Berry also announced a new piece scripted by Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell.
Life imitates art for Cuban film stars
In a case of life imitating art, two Cuban stars of a film about people fleeing their homeland for a better life in America have vanished after travelling from Havana to the US. The actors were due to attend a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
TV naturalist slams urban fox 'myth'
Wildlife presenter Chris Packham has claimed stories of people being attacked by urban foxes are entirely false, saying: "We're hell-bent on blaming them for all the crimes we can." He told the Radio Times that people only like nature, "when it's on TV or at arm's length".
Hudson takes stand at trial
Jennifer Hudson has taken the stand at the trial of her former brother-in-law William Balfour. He is accused of killing the singer's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew in an act of vindictiveness.
Cow's fast-food trip... to McDonalds
Staff at a McDonalds restaurant in Colorado were taken aback when a dairy cow turned up at a drive-thru window. Rather than serving her a burger, however, staff called the police. Daisy's owner, Sandy Winn, said the cow had gone wandering because she was bored on the farm.
Teenagers drinking alcoholic sanitiser
Teenagers in California are resorting to drinking hand sanitiser to get drunk. The Los Angeles Times reported six teenagers have been admitted to San Fernando Valley clinics with alcohol poisoning after drinking anti-bacterial gel in recent months. There are fears it may be a growing trend.
Koi carp thief free to continue spree
Police in Lockerbie have declined to press charges over the theft of 40 Koi carp, which can fetch up to £2,000. Despite calls from a concerned pond owner, Dumfries and Galloway police admitted that the fishes' disappearance was probably down to "an animal; probably an otter".
Arrest warrant for Everton footballer
An arrest warrant for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar was issued after he failed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on speeding charges. His lawyer said the South African international, 30, made a pre-arranged visit to a police station in Cheshire shortly after.
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- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers
- 4 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers