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Gangs set cars ablaze in riots

GANGS of youths have smashed shop windows, set cars ablaze and burnt down a cultural centre as riots, sparked by a fatal police shooting, spread

across Stockholm.

Swedish police said seven people were briefly detained and one person was arrested on suspicion of arson.

A spokesman said 30 vehicles were set on fire in six suburbs where mainly immigrants live. Gangs of up to 60 youths also set fire to a school and a nursery and hurled rocks at police.

FREED WOMEN 'DOING FINE'

THE three women rescued after being held captive in a Cleveland house for about 10 years say they are doing fine.

That was the message in a letter released by their attorneys that also noted a charity fund to help the women has now raised more than $650,000.

Attorneys, who are representing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight for free, say the women are "happy and safe and continue to heal, a process that requires time and privacy."

They escaped on May 6. A former school bus driver, 52-year-old Ariel Castro, has been charged with three counts of rape and four counts of kidnapping.

1M LITRES ILLEGAL BOOZE FOUND

CZECH police found a million litres of illegal alcohol hidden in underground tanks in one of the biggest seizures of untaxed booze ever.

Police have been chasing a widespread web of untaxed alcohol makers and distributors since a batch that included poisonous methyl alcohol killed 45 people and forced the government to ban all liquor sales for several weeks in September last year.

RACING PIGEON SELLS FOR €310K

BOLT the pigeon, with a name and pedigree to match, has become the world's most expensive racing bird after being sold for €310,000 to a Chinese businessman.

Bolt was bred by Belgian pigeon fancier Leo Heremans who sold his entire collection of 530 birds for €4.3m at an auction last weekend.

Belgian-bred pigeons have a worldwide reputation for being the fastest around.


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