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$34m buzz for Green Hornet

The Green Hornet is buzzing away with the top spot at the weekend US box office.

The tongue-in-cheek superhero film starring Seth Rogen earned $34m during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates.

Sony's Green Hornet, which was directed by Michel Gondry, shot down True Grit, which reigned supreme the previous weekend.

The weekend's other new film, The Dilemma, which stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, opened in the number two spot with $17.4m.

Minister faces teen sex trial

A Baptist minister in the Bahamas is facing charges of unlawful sexual contact with a teenage girl whose family attended his church.

A report from the Nassau Guardian said Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser has denied allegations that he carried on an unlawful sexual relationship between July 2005 and February 2006 with a 16-year-old girl he was counselling.

The newspaper said the girl alleged that she had sexual encounters dozens of times with the married minister at his church office in Nassau.

Human torch dies in Algeria

An Algerian man died after he set himself on fire, while officials say a firefighter threatened to torch himself after a dispute with his superiors.

Both incidents come after a 26-year-old in neighbouring Tunisia set himself on fire last month, triggering protests that toppled the regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Algeria's Liberte daily said the 37-year-old set himself alight the day before in a village near the eastern Tunisian border.

He died hours later in the hospital in the town of Annaba.