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Church suicide bombers kill 21

SUICIDE bombers have killed 21 people in attacks on three churches in Nigeria.

Authorities arrested one of the bombers who survived.

It was the third Sunday in a row that deadly attacks have been carried out against Christian churches in northern Nigeria.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram because it took responsibility for the two earlier weekend assaults.

The suicide bombers drove explosive-laden cars to the gates of two churches in different parts of the city of Zaria and detonated them.

Cowell joins Hitler in poll

SIMON Cowell and Adolf Hitler might not seem to have much in common but the unlikely duo have topped a poll to find the most recognisable faces in history.

A British survey of 1,000 adults found 943 could identify the X Factor supremo, one less than the 944 who named Hitler from his picture.

The poll, commissioned by television channel Yesterday, was less kind to Lady Gaga who was recognised by 705 people.

Ukraine halts hospital visit

THE EU ambassador to Ukraine has been prevented from visiting former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko in a hospital where she is being treated.

Ms Tymoshenko (51) the country's top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year sentence on charges of abuse of office that have been condemned as politically motivated by the West.

Yesterday, security guards prevented the EU ambassador, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, from entering, saying he lacked required special permission from prison authorities.

800,000 flee trouble spots

CRISES in Libya, Sudan, Somalia and elsewhere prompted 800,000 people to flee their countries last year, the highest number in 11 years.

A report issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said that, including people who fled their homes but not their countries, the total number of newly displaced people worldwide in 2011 was 4.3 million.