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Cocaine found inside furniture

Twenty five people have been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling after police in Argentina seized 280kg of cocaine hidden in furniture.

Security Minister Nilda Garre said the drugs were found in furniture stored in a warehouse in the Buenos Aires suburb of Lanus. She says it was to be shipped to the US and Europe.

Garre said that police and other officials carried out dozens of raids in the Buenos Aires area and that the 25 people who were arrested included 11 Colombians and two Spaniards, as well as Argentines.

She said the furniture had aluminum and lead compartments intended to hide the Colombian cocaine.

Girl's death

an accident

A COUPLE held after the death of a six-year-old girl at a family campsite in England have been released.

Witnesses said they were woken by a woman's screams and someone pressing a car horn at about midnight.

Others said the girl's parents were seen trying to revive her with CPR. She was taken to hospital by ambulance but died a short time later

Police now say the child's death appears to have been a tragic accident.

Gap closes in French election

SOCIALIST challenger Francois Hollande's lead over French President Nicolas Sarkozy is at its narrowest since polling started.

Hollande would defeat Sarkozy by 53pc to 47pc in the May 6 run-off, an Ifop-Fiducial poll revealed. Hollande was credited with 54pc in the previous Ifop rolling poll a week ago and 54.5pc a week before that.

The poll for Paris Match magazine questioned 1,284 people by email.

Elephant laws are welcomed

CONSERVATIONISTS say two African nations are taking strong steps against the illegal ivory trade.

The WWF said Gabon will burn its entire ivory stockpile in upcoming months. They also praised Cameroon for giving fines and prison terms to poachers.

They say Gabon's move will prevent ivory from getting into the black market.