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Five dead in car-bombing

A CAR bomb has hit an army patrol in Mosul, one of three attacks in the northern Iraqi city that left five dead.

A police officer said the car bomb went off at a house as a joint army-police unit was conducting door-to-door searches, killing two policemen and one soldier.

He said 21 people, including four civilians, were wounded.

In the city centre, militants gunned down a policeman in his car. Authorities also found a body floating in the Tigris river, shot at close range with the hands tied behind the back.


VETERAN director Roman Polanski says the birth control pill has had a "masculinising" effect on women and that sexual equality is "idiotic", in comments at the Cannes Film Festival.

Polanski (79) was at the premiere of Venus In Fur.

He told reporters the Pill had "changed the place of women in our times" and lamented that "offering flowers to a lady" had become "indecent".



BOOKIES favourite Liam Tamne crashed out of the UK version of singing contest The Voice – leaving him in tears and causing Jessie J to storm off the show.

Coach will.i.am opted to put fashion stylist John Pritchard through to the next stage on Saturday night after the two hopefuls went head-to-head in the battle round.

The two had been asked to sing chart-topping hit Easy Lover, but the choice of song led to criticism from the other coaches who all felt Tamne should win. Jessie stormed off the programme.


COCKROACHES have been losing their sweet tooth to survive, scientists found.

US researchers discovered that some cockroaches underwent a genetic mutation to develop a dislike for the sugary corn syrup used to disguise bait. In as little as five years, the sugar-rejecting trait had become so widespread that the bait had been rendered useless.

The findings, reported in journal Science, focused on the small German cockroach.