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Detectives said they were "shaken" by "horrific" alleged cases

17 militants killed in fighting in south Yemen

Yemeni military officials say government troops have killed 17 al-Qa'ida militants in the latest fighting in the south.

Saddam Hussein aide Abed Hamid Hmoud executed in Iraq

Saddam Hussein's trusted personal secretary, once No. 4 on the US most-wanted list in Iraq, was executed by hanging today, the Iraqi Justice Ministry said.

Japanese woman on run for 17 years relieved at arrest

A woman wanted for 17 years for allegedly helping to produce the deadly nerve gas used in a 1995 attack on Tokyo subways said she feels relief at her arrest because she doesn't have to hide her identity anymore, police said today.

Five dead and 37 injured in Baghdad bird market bomb blasts

Three bombs struck near simultaneously at a busy bird market in eastern Baghdad this morning, killing five people and wounding dozens, police and health officials said.

Clashes kill scores of al-Qa'ida militants in Yemen

Clashes between government troops and al-Qa'ida fighters left 19 people dead in southern Yemen on Wednesday, military officials said.

A view of the gates at Ibrox, the home of Rangers Football Club

Rangers administrators hold talks with bidders

Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps have held detailed talks with three bidders interested in taking control of the stricken club - including one group with "a Rangers connection".

Tricky

Tricky - An Englishman in Paris

Tricky had all the trappings of fame. Now he lives in the French capital in peaceful anonymity – but he’s braving a return to territory that once left him self-conscious and paranoid. Elisa Bray meets him

SFA trio threatened over Rangers

Police have given security advice to the three members of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) judicial panel who handed out punishments to Rangers after their identities were revealed, the governing body said.

57 killed in Yemen in clashes with al-Qa'ida fighters

At least 57 people were killed on Monday in Yemen when fighters from an al-Qa'ida-linked group attacked a military camp near the southern city of Lawdar, residents and local officials said.

Ousted Yemeni president's loyalists attack airport 

Gunmen loyal to Yemen's ousted president blasted buildings at the country's main airport with anti-aircraft guns today, forcing authorities to shut it down, an airport official said.

Members of the forensic service of the French police work near the building where a 47 years old woman was shot in the head by a gunman who escaped on a motorcycle on April 5

French government fears serial killer on loose in Paris

Four murders, all involving the same weapon, all in the same Paris region and all carried out since November have raised concerns that a serial killer may be on the loose in the suburbs of the French capital.

Doctors who treated Malawi president say he's dead

Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika has died after a heart attack, doctors who treated him said today, as the troubled and impoverished southern African nation awaited official word of Mutharika's death and who would succeed him.

Soldier in Afghan rampage faces 17 murder charges

The American soldier accused of massacring Afghan villagers is to be charged with 17 counts of murder, it emerged last night.

The Loughborough pool hosts GB swimmers at their afternoon practice

Olympics: Britain's secret success factory

Loughborough is a centre of excellence dealing with sports from tennis to tae kwon do. Rob Hastings visits his alma mater to see how it's rewriting the rules

Troops and rebels clash in Syrian capital

Syrian security forces clashed with gunmen in an upscale neighborhood of the capital Damascus that is home to embassies and senior officials in one of the worst confrontations in the tightly-controlled city center in the country's yearlong uprising.

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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