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Gunmen battle Jamaica forces

Jamaica's security forces clashed for a second day with masked gunmen allied with an alleged drug kingpin facing extradition to the US as fighting spread to the capital's more volatile slums.

Police and soldiers came under heavy fire at the west Kingston stronghold of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, charged in the US with drug and arms trafficking. Authorities said two officers had been killed and at least six wounded since Sunday, and at least one soldier was shot dead during the latest fighting.

Nasa gives up on Mars lander

Nasa has declared the three-legged Phoenix Mars lander spacecraft officially dead after repeated failed attempts to regain contact.

A recent image taken by an orbiting spacecraft appeared to show one of Phoenix's solar panels had collapsed from ice build-up.

Phoenix landed near the Martian north pole on May 25, 2008, and successfully operated for five months -- two months longer than planned. Scientists did not expect it to survive the Martian winter but continued to listen for any signs of life.

Vote boost for ruling party

Provisional results are showing Ethiopia's ruling party has won national elections, officials say.

The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front and its allies were ahead in the nine regions that had reported results out of a total of 11, board chairman Merga Bekana said. Final results will be announced in late June.

Sunday's vote had been closely watched by international observers after the contentious 2005 election, which sparked police crackdowns on the opposition and the killing of 193 demonstrators.

Bomb suspect due in court

A MAN was set to appear at the Special Criminal Court today following the discovery of a dissident Republican bomb factory in Dundalk.

The man in his 50s was detained by gardai when they raided outhouses at Mount Pleasant near the border.

The other man arrested at the scene is still being questioned in Drogheda Garda Station.