The News Matrix: Monday 26 August 2013

Irish Sea aftershocks could be felt for days

Labour threatens to withdraw support for HS2 rail project

Labour has threatened to withdraw support for the HS2 rail project if the bill rises above £50 billion.

Theresa May plans new law to tackle modern-day slavery in Britain

Home Secretary says battling trafficking would be one of the 'highest priorities' for the new National Crime Agency

Train passengers 'treated worse than livestock'

Rules governing space for standing train passengers are less generous than those for transporting some farm animals

Hannah Smith was found hanged at her home

Suicide girl’s father rejects ask.fm self-post claim

The father of a teenager who was found hanged after receiving hate messages on the social media website ask.fm has reacted angrily to claims that his daughter posted the messages herself.

Scotland has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, with 28 per cent of its population classified as obese. This puts it ahead of both Mexico and the United States

No, it's not one of your five a day: Scots in a jam over their fruit preserve

Food Safety Agency says 'more work to do' on health messages

Jeremy Hunt wants to change the way GPs work

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says NHS must adapt to survive

Hunt says 'people are actually dying' because of inefficient record-keeping

Exhibition sheds new light on Corby toxic waste scandal that left 16 children with birth defects

Mark Neville's Deeds Not Words show in London includes frank testimony from some of those worst affected by the child poisoning case

Peter Cruddas resigned as the Tories' co-treasurer in March

I owe 'outcast' Peter Cruddas an apology, admits David Cameron

PM says he shouldn't have subjected former Tory treasurer to 'public humiliation' following libel victory against Sunday Times

President Mugabe's supporters march against opposition party with mock funeral for their leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Church leaders issue call for calm as Morgan Tsvangirai supporters 'attacked' in wake of Robert Mugabe win

Country edges closer to disorder after 'monumental fraud' of general elections

Robert Mugabe, 89

Robert Mugabe’s re-election results are not credible, warns John Kerry

'Fraudulent and stolen' election will affect economy

David Cameron humiliated me, says Peter Cruddas - the man who bankrolled the Tory party

Ex-treasurer attacks PM after victory in 'cash-for-access' case

Peter Cruddas resigned as the Tories' co-treasurer in March

Ex-Tory treasurer Peter Cruddas wins £180,000 libel award

Billionaire businessman also awarded interim costs of £500,000 against The Sunday Times

'Substantial' libel damages paid to former boyfriend of sex blogger Belle de Jour

Times Newspapers Ltd accepted allegations of threats by Flight Lieutenant Owen Morris were incorrect

Psy has admitted to drinking a lot of vodka

Psy: Vodka is my best friend and vice partner

Psy’s YouTube channel might have hit its three billionth view earlier this month, but the king of Korean pop is not immune to the pressures of fame despite his success. He has admitted in a candid interview that vodka is his “best friend”.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

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Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

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Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

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Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

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DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

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