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The Saturday Matrix: Saturday 23 July 2011
Islamists deny access to aid agencies
Islamist fighters accused the UN of exaggerating the level of emergency from hunger in Somalia, describing it as “politically motivated” and refused to allow some aid agencies in. MORE
Time Lord reveals why he left plum role
Christopher Eccleston quit Doctor Who after falling out with senior figures on the show, it has been claimed. The former Time Lord allegedly told an acting class that he “didn’t agree with the way things were being run”.
Security forces kill five in mass protests
Firing bullets and tear gas, Syrian security forces killed at least five people yesterday as hundreds of thousands defied a massive security crackdown and flooded the streets of Damascus and other cities.
Six more deaths as US swelters
Americans wilted under yet another day of searing sun yesterday as temperatures hit 38C (100F) in New York’s Central Park.At least six more heat-related deaths were reported on Thursday. MORE
Severe penalties of anti-terrorism laws
The Saudi authorities have drafted new legislation that makes political dissent a criminal offence, enabling the Government to jail anyone who questioned the integrity of the King or Crown Prince for 10 years. MORE
Country bans baby names like Lucifer
New Zealand has cracked down on bizarre baby names, turning down three sets of parents who tried to call their new-borns Lucifer. The move comes after bad press caused by a boy named Number 16 Bus Shelter.
Heroic man tells of saving baby in river
Hero David Atkinson, 46, has described how he rescued a four-month-old girl from the River Ouse in York after her pram rolled in. He jumped in after hearing her mother’s cries for help.
Number of inmates reaches record high
The prison population in England and Wales reached a record number of 85,578, – just under 2,500 short of the operational capacity of 88,073, Ministry of Justice figures showed.
Fifth victim named in hospital killings
Vera Pearson, 84, was yesterday named as the fifth person whose death at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport is being investigated by Greater Manchester police. MORE
Sour grapes as spill costs £675,000
In a wine connoisseur’s nightmare, a container of Australian Shiraz – worth £125 a bottle – was smashed when a forklift dropped a total of 462 cases worth £675,000. MORE
Government will hold on to coins
The US Government is to keep 10 rare gold coins worth $75m after seizing them from the descendants of a Philadelphia jeweller. It says they were stolen from the US Mint.
- 1 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 2 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 3 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'