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Gibson settles battle with ex

Actor Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend Oksana Gigorieva have reached a settlement in their bitterly fought separation.

Los Angeles Superior Court officials said the resolution came at the end of a multi-day settlement conference. Terms and conditions were not announced and a hearing was set for Wednesday.

The civil financial agreement will be heard in open court but one of the most contentious issues, custody of the couple's small daughter, will be discussed in closed session.

Last year Gigorieva, a Russian musician, reported Gibson had hit her during a fight at his Malibu home.

Fake bomb on

city railway line

Army bomb disposal experts were called into the historic English city of Canterbury last night to help investigate two incidents, including a fake bomb found on a railway line during rush hour.

The discovery of the suspicious device was followed by a fire inside a baby changing area at a Marks and Spencer store, which was quickly put out.

Police said they were satisfied the package on the railway line was, in fact, a hoax designed to appear like a device.

Gang suspect

faces US trial

An accused Mexican gang member charged with killing two Americans and a Mexican man with ties to the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez has been extradited to the US.

Miguel Angel Nevarez (30), is the first to be extradited to the US of the 10 alleged members of the Barrio Azteca gang who were charged in March with the killings. Two suspects are still at large.

Alaska appeals

on polar bears

The state of Alaska is to appeal a judge's ruling upholding the listing of polar bears as a threatened species.

The state sued in 2008 to overturn the Bush administration's decision to list the animal as threatened, a ruling which was upheld in June.

Alaska governor Sean Parnell said the listing was flawed because polar bears have thrived through past climate changes and their number had grown.