The Saturday Matrix: Saturday 11 June 2011

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Organisers put brakes on grand prix

Formula One Grand Prix organisers in Bahrain yesterday accepted the race will not go ahead as planned and they will not pursue plans to stage the rescheduled event in October. MORE

MP denies sexually assaulting woman

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has dismissed allegations he sexually assaulted a woman as “demonstrably and provably false”. The backbencher, who represents North West Leicestershire, was arrested yesterday and bailed.

Prosecutors receive Chris Huhne papers

Police probing claims that Energy Secretary Chris Huhne dodged speeding points in order to escape a driving ban in 2003 have handed preliminary papers to prosecutors. Mr Huhne denies the allegation.

Name a mushroom, a wasp and a spider

The public is being asked to name species, including a sea spider, a wasp and a mushroom. A panel, including members from the Marine Biological Association and Natural England will pick the winners.

Former finance minister dies aged 52

Brian Lenihan, the senior Irish politician who as finance minister struggled to overcome his country’s enormous economic problems, died yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

Independent writer wins top award

Mark Hix has won the Cookery Journalist of the Year award for his writing in The Independent at the Guild of Food Writers’ Awards.

Tod’s pledges £4.6m to La Scala

Luxury goods company Tod’s has pledged £4.6m to La Scala opera house in Milan. It has already offered millions for the restoration of Rome’s crumbling Colosseum amid harsh government cuts. MORE

Tourists arrested for fighting on aircraft

Three British holidaymakers were arrested by police in Barbados yesterday after a fight broke out among passengers on a flight to the Caribbean island.

Aung San Suu Kyi to deliver Reith Lecture

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the two speakers who will deliver this year’s Reith Lectures. Her first lecture will be heard later this month and a second in July.

Some smell a rat, but No 10 has mice

Larry the Downing Street cat has been earning his keep, according to the Prime Minister, who said Number 10 was infested with mice and that Larry had been catching them.

Malcolm X daughter in credit card fraud

Malikah Shabaz, 46, daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, pleaded guilty to identity theft to run up over $55,000 in credit card bills. She was put on probation for five years.