The News Matrix: Wednesday 11 December 2013

Two French troops killed in gun battle

A campaigner for same-sex marriage outside Parliament in June 2013

Save the date: 29 March 2014 will see first same-sex marriages in UK

The date is several months earlier than expected

Get Married and Be Submissive by Costanza Miriano

Postcard from... Spain

These days, it is pretty rare in Spain for a book to create controversy, still less gain cross-party condemnation, from the government’s Minister of Social Services to the Communist-dominated United Left coalition. But one published by the Archbishopric of Granada’s own publishing house and entitled Get Married and Be Submissive – with a feminine ending to “submissive” in the original Spanish making it clear which gender the title is referring to – has  certainly succeeded.

Sports clubs to get tax breaks on bars’ profit

More than 40,000 sports clubs are set to benefit from new  tax breaks as the Government tries to secure the legacy of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Groovy kind of love: Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid return in 'Last Tango In Halifax'

Last Tango in Halifax: TV review

Don't be fooled by the cardigans and tea, there's nowt twee about this drama

Barry Humphries as Dame Edna

Comedy review: Barry Humphries' Farewell Tour- 'an uproarious last hurrah'

Eat Pray Laugh! at the London Palladium

The help desk: 'I'm a single mother in my forties and I dread any social event'

Q. I'm a single mother in my forties and I think I've begun to develop some kind of social phobia. People think of me as quite a confident person. I'm fine dealing with people in my work and at the school gate (I have two sons aged 11 and 14), but I dread any social event.

Chinese businessman murdered family of four in Northampton with 'ruthless efficiency' after business relationship turned sour, court hears

Anxiang Du accused of killing a Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer, his wife and their two daughters

Yes, he has to wear a wedding ring. Unless he is Gollum, it doesn't hurt us, Precious. And how else do you think other women will know not to fall in love with him?

Border police storm genuine wedding, which they suspected was a sham

Couple were separated and questioned for half an hour before ceremony resumed

Renisha McBride death: Man who shot teenager claims his gun discharged by accident

Michigan police chief says man who allegedly shot the 19-year-old in the face claims his gun discharged accidentally

Matterson: 'We even got a line in the New York Times. They might have to give us a paragraph now'

Rugby League World Cup: Terry Matterson plays name game in US adventure

Tomahawks can seal quarter-final place with last-minute coach

This Tory tax break won't help married couples

Money is rarely sufficient to hold a couple together when the going gets tough

Richard Hammond: He builds planets

The Weekend’s Viewing: Richard Hammond Builds a Planet, BBC1 // Atlantis, BBC1

Certain parts of this CGI-heavy show seemed to have been organised more for Hammond's enjoyment than the viewers'

Former Radley college scholar Donald Payne stars in A Very English Education

The Weekend’s Viewing: There were no real tragic outcomes here, but there were several unexpected ones

A Very English Education, Sun, BBC2 // Boardwalk Empire, Sat, Sky Atlantic

The Weekend’s Viewing: Toast of London's 'sit' was traditional, but the 'com' definitely wasn’t

Toast of London, Channel 4 // Inspector Montalbano, BBC4

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Rumer was diagnosed with bipolarity, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder: 'I was convinced it was a misdiagnosis'
peopleHer debut album caused her post-traumatic stress - how will she cope as she releases her third record?
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A long jumper competes in the 80-to-84-year-old age division at the 2007 World Masters Championships
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Radamel Falcao was forced to withdraw from the World Cup after undergoing surgery
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'New Tricks' star Dennis Waterman is departing from the show after he completes filming on two more episodes
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Walking tall: unlike some, Donatella Versace showed a strong and vibrant collection
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Gregory Porter learnt about his father’s voice at his funeral
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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam