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The Saturday Matrix: Saturday 9 July 2011
Dozens detained on way to West Bank
Israel detained dozens of pro-Palestinian activists yesterday at its main airport. They had hoped to travel to the occupied West Bank to expose Israeli restrictions on movement. MORE
Mountain dwellers face daily bombings
South Sudan celebrates its independence today, but its former allies north of the new border in the Nuba mountains face a daily bombing campaign designed, locals say, to terrify them into abandoning their homes. MORE
Asylum seeker in funding ‘catch 22’
A student who won a place at Cambridge is in a catch-22 situation. Asylum seeker Angel Versetti is seen as an overseas applicant and does not qualify for a loan, yet living in Britain disqualifies him from overseas help. MORE
Could Obama have been adopted?
Did President Barack Obama’s parents consider, before he was born, giving him up for adoption? They may have, according to a memo published in a new biography of the President’s Kenyan father. MORE
Royal couple dress the part at rodeo
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed in boots, jeans and ten-gallon hat as they signalled the start of a historic rodeo in Calgary, Canada. Their Canadian tour has been widely regarded as a success. MORE
‘Abandoned brides’ in church protest
Would-be-brides Emily Morton and Stephanie Rowe have taken part in a sit-in at church after their weddings were cancelled. Officials say All Saints Church in Maerdy, Rhondda, is dangerous and need repairing.
Student faces jail over art project
An innocent art project ended with a Secret Service raid. Now Kyle MacDonald, 25, faces 20 years in jail after he installed software on store computers which photographed customers every minute. MORE
Government ‘behind murder’ – US official
America’s top military official claims Pakistani government officials “sanctioned” the murder of a journalist, further straining relations between the two countries. MORE
Expert says Oxford owns Michelangelo
A picture owned by Campion Hall, an institution at Oxford University, is a previously unknown Michelangelo, Italian art expert Antonio Forcellino claims. MORE
Hitler’s citizenship of home revoked
Adolf Hitler’s honorary citizenship of his home of Ranhofen has been withdrawn by the hamlet’s council 78 years after it was conferred, after its merger with Braunau town.
Devotion to duty praised by coroner
Acting Bradford coroner Professor Paul Marks praised the devotion to duty of paratroopers in Afghanistan after hearing how Pte Martin Bell died saving an injured comrade.
- 1 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 2 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 3 Kajieme Powell: Missouri police release video footage of second man killed by officers
- 4 Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 5 James Foley 'beheading': Met police warn public watching murder video could be criminal offence