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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Adolf Hitler’s honorary citizenship of his home of Ranhofen has been withdrawn by the hamlet’s council 78 years after it was conferred, after its merger with Braunau town.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.

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Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

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eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

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Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

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Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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