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Masked gunmen fired shots at police and helicopter during riots in Britain

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

Masked men fired on officers and at a police helicopter during this month's riots in the Birmingham. West Midlands police yesterday released footage of the men firing 11 shots during the riots on August 9.

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Chief Constable Chris Sims called it "a concerted and organised attempt to kill or injure police officers" and appealed for people to help police catch the gunmen.

Suu Kyi 'happy' with key meeting

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday she was "happy and satisfied" with her meeting with the military-dominated country's new president. It was her highest contact with the new government since her release from house arrest last November.

RAF's Red Arrows pilot killed in crash

A PILOT with the Royal Air Force's elite Red Arrows aerobatic display team died yesterday. His jet crashed and broke into pieces after taking part in an air show in Bournemouth in southern England.

Iran jails US hikers on spy charges

Iranian state TV is reporting that two US men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to eight years in jail each on charges of spying and illegal entry.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal (both 29) have been held since July 2009 after hiking on the Iran-Iraq border.

58 dead in Sudan in clash over cattle

At least 58 people were killed in clashes between tribes over cattle in South Sudan, a further sign of instability weeks after the region gained independence on July 9.

Ethnic groups in South Sudan have fought each other over cattle for centuries. But deaths are increasing after decades of civil war left the territory full of small arms.

12 killed as airplane crashes in Arctic

A Boeing 737 crashed yesterday in Arctic Canada, killing 12 people. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that the plane went down near Resolute Bay in the Arctic territory of Nunavut. The charter plane was carrying 15 people, including four crew.

India shoots 12 militants in Kashmir

India'S soldiers yesterday shot dead 12 militants trying to cross from Pakistan into the disputed region of Kashmir, where popular protests against Indian rule have mounted.

Fears are growing in India of an escalation in rebel incursions into Kashmir from Pakistan before winter snow blocks the Himalayan mountain passes.

Intestinal virus kills 81 children

Hand, foot and mouth disease, a dangerous intestinal virus, has killed 81 children in Vietnam this year, prompting redoubled efforts to stop its spread. There have been 32,588 cases of the disease recorded so far this year.

Death toll from pop festival hits five

The death toll has risen to five at a Belgian pop festival struck by a fierce storm that knocked down screens and collapsed tents, officials said over the weekend.

A further eight revellers were seriously injured.

Liam Gallagher to sue brother Noel

LIAM and Noel Gallagher -- who stormed pop in the Nineties when they were together in rock band Oasis -- have taken their increasingly bitter war of words to court.

Younger sibling Liam issued a statement on Friday confirming he was suing songwriter and guitarist Noel for comments he made in 2009 over why the band broke up.

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