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Bomb blasts in Nigerian city

At least two bombs have gone off near beer halls in a rough neighbourhood of a central Nigerian city beset by religious and ethnic violence, causing unknown injuries.

The bombs exploded at about 9pm local time yesterday in an area of Jos known as West of Mines, a seedy neighbourhood filled with food stands and brothels.

After the explosions, panicked bystanders fled into the night, with cars racing away from the blast running down fleeing patrons.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.

Czechs honour plane victims

Thousands of people packed a square in Prague to honour the memory of the three Czech hockey players who died in a plane crash that killed 43 and wiped out a leading club in the top Russian league.

Major Czech hockey stars attended the ceremony in the Old Town Square for Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek and Josef Vasicek, who helped the Czech national team win the gold medal at the world championships in 2005 and 2010.

War crimes

suspect flees

A former senior Bosnian Serb official sought by both Bosnia and Croatia for alleged war crimes has fled to Bosnia while awaiting extradition.

Bozidar Vucurevic wants to be tried in Bosnia, and has gone to his native Trebinje, where he was the wartime mayor.

Vucurevic was arrested in April on a warrant from Croatia, which accuses him of the shelling of the ancient city of Dubrovnik during the 1991-95 war.

Dean's letters

go up for sale

Private letters from movie heart-throb James Dean to his then girlfriend, in which he criticises his latest Broadway show and speaks of being homesick as he films a box office hit, are to be sold at auction.

The hand-written notes to Barbara Glenn, whom he dated for two years, come from her family archive.

Dean died in a car accident in 1955.

The three letters are expected to fetch £16,000 when they are sold in London on November 23.