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Giuliani's girl in theft probe

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's daughter has been arrested on a shoplifting charge after she was seen on security video pocketing makeup.

Caroline Giuliani (20), a Harvard University student, was seen taking five items worth more than $100 at a Sephora store in Manhattan, police said.

It has not been decided whether to file formal charges against her.

Caroline Giuliani is the younger of the former New York mayor's two children with ex-wife Donna Hanover, a television reporter and actress. She is believed to be estranged from her prosecutor-turned-politician father.

Obama relief at oil well plug

A crush of mud finally plugged BP'S blown-out well, three months after the offshore drilling rig explosion that unleashed a gush of oil and a summer of misery along the Gulf Coast.

But the US government stopped just short of pronouncing the well dead, warning that cement and mud must still be pumped in from the bottom to seal it off for good.

President Barack Obama declared that the battle to contain one of the world's worst oil spills was "finally close to coming to an end".

Seven killed in suicide blast

Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has struck a convoy of NATO troops and Afghan police in northern Afghanistan, killing seven police officers.

The early morning attack occurred in Kunduz province's Imam Sahib district.

NATO forces spokesman Maj. Michael Johnson says there were no NATO troops killed in the bombing.

He said some forces were wounded.

Children found dead in house

Scottish police said they are treating the deaths of three children whose bodies were found at a house in Edinburgh as suspicious.

Emergency services were called yesterday afternoon after reports of a gas explosion and fire at a three-storey townhouse in the Scottish capital.

Police said two boys and a girl of primary school age had died while a woman was found on ground outside the property. She was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.