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50 are killed in Syrian uprising

Dozens of bodies were dumped in the streets of a Syrian city at the heart of the country's nine-month-old uprising in a grim sign that sectarian bloodshed is escalating.

The discovery in Homs came as the US stepped up pressure on the regime of President Bashar Assad to end its crackdown on the anti- government protests.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton met in Geneva with Syrian opposition figures and Washington said it was sending its ambassador back to Damascus.

Up to 50 people were killed in Homs, Syria's third-largest city, on Monday.

Socks top our festive wishlist

The old cliches appear to be the best when buying Christmas gifts, with more than a quarter of men actually hoping to receive socks this Christmas, a survey has found.

As the credit crunch bites, TK Maxx found that 27pc of men want to receive socks this Christmas, while nearly a quarter of women (23pc) have kitchen essentials, such as pots and pans, on their wishlist and 22pc want socks or tights.

Star Howard in 'threat to wife'

A judge has ordered Terrence Howard to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife after she claimed the actor repeatedly threatened her.

The Oscar-nominated actor denies that he has ever threatened his wife Michelle and says he has tried to refrain from contacting her as they undergo a divorce.

She claims Howard (42) has repeatedly hit her and threatened her in a text message last week.

The actor received an Oscar nomination for his role in Hustle And Flow.

US spy drone crashs in Iran

A drone that crashed inside Iran was one of a fleet of stealth aircraft that have spied on Iran for years from an American air base in Afghanistan, US sources say.

They say the CIA stealth-version of the RQ-170 unmanned craft, which crashed at the weekend, was also used to survey Osama bin Laden's compound before the raid in Pakistan in May.