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The News Matrix: Monday 21 October 2013

Tesco rethinks over wasted produce

The News Matrix: Saturday 19 October 2013

'Immigrant' texts get 140 complaints

The News Matrix: Friday 18 October 2013

Low-paid workers ‘need more help’

The News Matrix: Thursday 17 October 2013

Prison voting ruling is ‘common sense’

The News Matrix: Wednesday 16 October 2013

Pressure on police over ‘Plebgate’ affair

Abu Anas al-Liby was seized by a US Army Delta Force squad on the streets of Tripoli on 5 October

Alleged al-Qa'ida figure Abu Anas al-Liby set to appear in New York court on terrorism charges

Al-Liby - real name Nazih al-Ragye - has been implicated over the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians

Letta's government has endorsed plans to ramp up its surveillance capacity in the Mediterranean to try to prevent more migrants-related tragedies

Italy will use drones and tripled sea patrols in bid to halt deadly migrant boat wrecks

Premier vows to boost military presence in wake of Lampedusa migrant tragedy

Carole Waugh has not been seen since 4 May

Conmen killed oil executive and escort Carole Waugh and used her money to buy gold bullion, court told

Her money was used to buy gold bullion and coins and Krugerands before her body was finally found three-and-a-half months later

A section of the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa where searches are being carried out

Second migrant vessel sinks off Lampedusa with 200 aboard

Italian coastguard are conducting a rescue operation

Gaddafi's spy chief to be put on trial in Libya

The International Criminal Court has decided to hand the war crimes case of one of the most prominent members of dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime back to Libyan authorities.

Blunders by UK border staff give terror chiefs like Abu Anas al-Libi asylum, report warns

Britain is at risk of harbouring terror chiefs such as the suspected al-Qa'ida leader Abu Anas al-Libi because of mistakes by border officials, a parliamentary report will warn.

The News Matrix: Friday 11 October 2013

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Film review: The Fifth Estate - Benedict Cumberbatch perfectly cast as Julian Assange

But Bill Condon's WikiLeaks thriller pulls in too many different directions

The Prime Minister, a former diplomat, might be barred from working for the new administration

Libya Prime Minister Ali Zeidan kidnapped: What is the background? And what are the papers saying?

The brief kidnapping of Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has highlighted the power of militiamen in the country, and served as reminder that Libya's conflict did not end with the withdrawal of Western forces following the ousting of Gaddafi in 2011.

Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan

Libya: Ali Zeidan's abduction perfectly illustrates failure of the post-Gaddafi state

The perception that the militiamen had beat Gaddafi through their own strength in 2011 was an illusion helped along by Western media

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