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Facebook 'has booze clues'

College students' Facebook pages may hold clues as to which of them are at risk for alcohol dependence and abuse, according to a new study.

Researchers found that students who had pictures or posts about getting drunk or blacking out were more likely to be at risk of drinking problems.

"Results suggest that clinical criteria for problem drinking can be applied to Facebook alcohol references," revealed study leader Megan Moreno.

12 shot dead

in bus ambush

Suspected Sunni extremists opened fire on Shia Muslims who were travelling through southwestern Pakistan today, killing 12 and wounding six others.

The gunmen, who were riding motorcycles, stopped a bus carrying mostly Shia Muslims who were headed to work at a vegetable market. The attackers forced the people off the bus, made them stand in a line and then opened fire.

Suspect denies US blitz plot

A man accused of plotting to attack US targets using model aircraft has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Rezwan Ferdaus (26) was charged in the plot to fly three remote-control, explosives-laden aircraft into the Pentagon and the US Capitol building and to follow up the attacks with a ground assault.

He was also accused of attempting to provide material support and resources to al-Qa'ida for attacks on US soldiers overseas.

Teen monk sets himself alight

Another monk has set himself on fire to protest against China's tight grip over Buddhist practices in Tibet.

Free Tibet said that the monk, aged 17 or 18, is from a monastery near the Tibetan border.

A statement from the protest group, which calls for self-determination for Tibet, said it is the fifth such self-immolation incident this year. It said that the monk was holding a picture of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled Buddhist leader when he set himself on fire.