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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Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered

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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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