The News Matrix: Wednesday 9 May 2012


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Many cancers due to treatable infections

Around 16 per cent of all cancer cases worldwide are caused by preventable infections. Scientists found bacteria, viruses and parasites cause around two million cases of cancer each year. The proportion of cases linked to infection in 2008 was three times higher in the developing world.

MPs' motion hits out at railway proposals

More than 100 MPs have signed a motion criticising proposals to break up Network Rail and cut funding after the announcement that the industry must deliver savings of £3.5bn a year by 2019. The motion warns that the plans "will result in higher fares, cuts in services and more crowded trains".

New coalition could increase tensions

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, unveiled a revamped coalition government yesterday, forming an alliance with Kadima, the main opposition party that could free his hand to take action on peace with the Palestinians and decide whether to attack Iran. MORE

Advisers 'should not access testimony'

Civil rights campaigners have demanded that "partisan" government special advisers should not have advance access to statements by witnesses at the Leveson Inquiry. Lord Justice Leveson is expected to announce his decision on their appeal at the start of today's hearing. MORE

Evangelista settles on $46k a month for son

Supermodel Linda Evangelista and her ex, a billionaire French businessman have agreed to end their child support fight. Evangelista had claimed it cost $46,000 a month to look after their son, aged five. MORE

No need to panic over underwear bomb

The revelation that militants sought to attack an airliner with an improved underwear bomb in a plot foiled by US and allied intelligence authorities shows their determination to build bombs that can pass through airport security, US officials said yesterday. However, security officials said that there was no need for increased screening at US airports. MORE

Chavez ready to return from Cuba

Hugo Chavez, the ailing President of Venezuela, rang in an interview with state television from his sick-bed in Cuba, successfully dousing a new storm of speculation that his treatment for cancer had taken a turn for the worse. His country is preparing for the October elections. MORE

Environment head supports fracking

The controversial technique of "fracking" – the hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to produce gas – has been approved by the chairman of the Environment Agency. Lord Smith said fracking should proceed as long as it was carefully monitored. MORE

Man who insulted royal family dies

A 62-year-old Thai man who became known as "Uncle SMS" after he was convicted of defaming Thailand's royal family in text messages, has died while serving a 20-year prison term. Amphon Tangnoppakul had suffered from mouth cancer. MORE

Freedom of the City for Rowling

JK Rowling has been given the freedom of the City of London for services to children's literature. The Harry Potter author, whose books have sold more than 450 million copies, was "prouder than I can say".

Great-grandmother fined for suicide kits

A great-grandmother who sold suicide kits from her California home has been placed on five years of supervised probation. Sharlotte Hydorn, a retired science teacher, was also ordered to pay a $1,000 (£600) fine for a tax-related offence stemming from her mail-order business.

Fight to save Manet receives £5.9m boost

A campaign to stop a painting by the Impressionist Edouard Manet from leaving the UK has received a £5.9m boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford needs to raise £7.8m by August if it is to stop the 1868 Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus from leaving the UK.

I name that tune Aung San Suu Kyi

The Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has beaten film director Quentin Tarantino and actress Meryl Streep to be immortalised in a new piece of classical music, commissioned by BBC Radio 3. The democracy campaigner was chosen in a poll by listeners.

Dinosaur wind may have warmed planet

Researchers have calculated that dinosaur flatulence could have put enough methane into the atmosphere to warm the planet during the hot, wet Mesozoic era. Like gigantic, long-necked, prehistoric cows, sauropod dinosaurs roamed widely around the Earth 150 million years ago.

Ten hedgehogs killed with arrows

Residents called police after finding ten dead hedgehogs with marks suggesting arrows had been used to kill them in a Cambridge park . A spokesman said a number of the creatures were found dead in the same place last June and described the cases as "cruel in the extreme".

Island once home to the mini-mammoth

A mammoth the size of a modern baby elephant once roamed the island of Crete, scientists have discovered. The Mammuthus creticus – or "mini-mammoth" – stood just over 3ft tall and is the smallest mammoth known to have existed. Dwarfism is a common evolutionary trait on islands.

Dolphins died after zoo hosted rave

Two dolphins that died at a zoo after it hosted a rave were probably killed by a party-goer's heroin substitute, according to a leaked toxicology report. The dolphins, called Shadow and Chelmers, died at Connyland zoo in Lipperswil, Switzerland, last November, days after the rave.