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The News Matrix: Tuesday 14 January 2014

UK yet to harness full female potential

Calatrava’s bridge has been heavily criticised

Lawsuit gives rise to new bridge of sighs in Venice

After endless criticism over its aesthetic, its durability and even its accessibility for the disabled,Santiago Calatrava faces legal action as a result of alleged deficiencies in the construction

Taxi firm in Middlesbrough attacked for refusing to carry disabled passengers

Owner of largest firm in the North East of England concedes move is 'morally wrong' but he says had no choice but to act after local authority warns operators over charging disabled passengers extra

Weirwolf: My Story by David Weir

Book of the week: Weirwolf - My Story, By David Weir

London 2012 was a breakthrough year for disability sport, with full houses for the Paralympics. Britain’s poster boy was the wheelchair racer David Weir, who delivered the goods with four gold medals.

Tetraplegic student Andrew Risk paralysed after diving into 2ft of water loses damages claim against college

25-year-old had claimed his injury in June 2009 was caused by a breach of duty of care or negligence on the part of Rose Bruford College in Sidcup

Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has been nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013: Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj nominated for young sports personality award

Belgium-born Januzaj is joined by Solheim Cup star Charley Hull and 4x100m relay sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among others

Tongue piercing allows paralysed to operate wheelchairs from their mouth

The experimental device is less inconvenient than current systems and can be used just as accurately

A smoking ban on NHS hospital grounds is a good idea. It's the last thing patients - and staff - should be doing

Removing smoking will encourage an out-of-sight-out-of-mind cultural shift

For disabled travellers, the loss of tube staff gives reason to worry

It doesn't matter where they are, but having someone to help is vital

Hillcroft Nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest, near Lancaster

Three staff at Hillcroft care home in Lancashire 'mocked, bullied and assaulted' dementia sufferers

Residents ‘tormented by carers to relieve boredom’

Katie Hopkins has posted a less-than-kind Tweet about Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Katie Hopkins Tweets joke about Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson

The This Morning regular does what she does best - cause offence

Beijing wheelchair-bound airport bomber jailed for six years

Ji Zhongxing has been jailed after trying to highlight complaints against police by detonating a bomb in a Beijing airport

Great North Run: Kenenisa Bekele ready to test Mo Farah on capital streets after win

Ethiopian edges out Briton in Great North Run and seeks rematch in London Marathon

Is it a boy or a large amount of cocaine? Nine of the most bizarre drug-smuggling techniques

In the umpteenth depressing example of how pawns take the fall for drug kingpins, a woman who attempted to fly out of Bogota wearing a fake pregnancy bump stashed with two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested by Columbian authorities. If there's anything positive to say here, at least the exposure of this novel, inventive approach to smuggling will have wised-up customs officials worldwide. Other than the 'cocaine pregnancy', though, how else have cartels tried to ship their product to middle America and beyond?

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Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)
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Left to right: Stanley Tucci, Sophie Grabol and Christopher Eccleston in ‘Fortitude’
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Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who Christmas special
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Sir Bruce Forsyth with Tess Daly in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special
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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'
He's behind you, dude!

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