The News Matrix: Friday 30 August 2013

Men arrested over horse-meat scandal

Matthew McConaughey: The pair are great friends so he’d have the inside scoop on what makes him tick. They’re often seen jogging together... topless. Lads. 5-1

Watch: First trailer for Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto

Based on a true story, the film follows a Texan electrician who is diagnosed with HIV and begins smuggling alternative preventative drugs into the US 

Clint Dempsey will leave Tottenham after they confirmed a deal had been agreed with Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey leaves Tottenham Hotspur for Seattle Sounders in £6m deal

Seattle Sounders have confirmed the signing of Clint Dempsey from Tottenham.

American tourist stabbed to death after refusing to stop singing with band in Thailand bar

The dispute allegedly came about at a karaoke bar following a dispute over the song he was singing

Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman stopped for speeding on Texas highway

Footage captured by a police dashboard shows Mr Zimmerman being pulled over in Dallas

Professor Dallas Willard: Philosopher who championed the cause of evangelicalism

Professor Dallas Willard: Philosopher who championed the cause of evangelicalism

People have more control over their feelings than is often realised, he believed

The Southwest Airlines plane sits on the tarmac as passengers disembark at LaGuardia airport, New York

10 passengers hurt as landing gear collapses and Flight 345 'nosedives' on to runway at New York LaGuardia airport

Passengers and crew escape with minor injuries after landing incident

Police sergeant confirms woman died after falling from Texas Giant roller coaster

Witnesses said they saw the woman fall out of the ride when her safety bar released

Noah Kalina has been taking pictures of himself every day since 2000 and posted them on his website www.noahkalina.com

Photography: Exercises in vanity are finding new life

Whether it’s adults recreating childhood snaps – or wearing the same outfit in shots across the ages – photo projects can speak louder than words

Fifty states in 30 days: An extraordinary photographic journey across America

The challenge: to visit all 50 US states in 30 days. The purpose: to take a picture of a representative from each state in front of a backdrop both continuous and ever-changing. But can our two reporters make it back in time for Independence Day?

Woman is 500th inmate executed in Texas

Texas has marked a sombre moment in criminal justice, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed capital punishment in 1982.

Santorum: 'I just want to portray faith as it really is'

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum to head firm making films with Christian message

'We want good writers, actors, and producers who want to make honest, uplifting content'

LeBron James of the Miami Heat celebrates after defeating the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 to win Game Seven of the 2013 NBA Finals

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Birmingham airport expansion plans: how do they measure up?

Birmingham Airport has proposed changes which could boost capacity of the airport by up to 70 million long term. But just how does this match up with the world's other major airports?

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there