The Saturday Matrix: Saturday 7 May 2011

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Al-Qa’ida vows to seek revenge

Al-Qa’ida acknowledged that its leader was killed at his Pakistani compound this week. The terror network warned it would seek revenge. The “blood of the holy warrior sheikh, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is precious to us and to all Muslims and will not go in vain.” MORE

Pink Floyd star’s son faces jail for disorder

Charlie Gilmour, the 21-year-old son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour could face jail after admitting violent disorder at December’s student fee protests. Gilmour was photographed hanging from a Union Flag on the Cenotaph. MORE

Man charged with Derbyshire killing

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a Thorntons employee whose body was found in woodland. Derbyshire police said Matthew Simmonds, 21, who was arrested at his flat in Heanor, has been charged with killing Jia Ashton.

Families divided over recovery of bodies

Efforts to recover the bodies of 60 people trapped in a crashed airliner below the Atlantic have failed. The move has deepened a rift among victims’ families over the final resting place of those killed in the 2009 crash. MORE

Poor bus services need competition

Too many bus companies face little or no competition in local areas leading to less frequent services and higher fares than in areas where there is more competition, a report from the Competition Commission said.

Pashmina industry’s woolly comeback

The manufacture of pashminas has been a fillip for the Nepalese economy but has come under pressure from cheap imitations from China and India. Now the Nepalese are fighting back by registering the trademark for their “real” pashmina wool – called “chyangra pashmina”. MORE

McCartney to marry American girlfriend

Paul McCartney is to marry his girlfriend, New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell, according to reports. The US celebrity magazine People quoted a source close to Ms Shevell as saying they were engaged, four years into their relationship.

Ukrainian billionaire buys Warner for $3bn

Ukrainian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik is to buy Warner Music Group for $3.3bn, making him one of the industry’s most powerful men. He is buying the business from two private equity firms and the company’s chief executive, Edgar Bronfman Jr.