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HMV launches war on iTunes

Retailer HMV is going head-to-head with iTunes with the launch of a new music download service.

The British company will challenge its online rivals, including the American industry leader, Apple, with a launch promotion offering every single in the top 40 UK chart for 40p each.

Shaking off its image as a traditional high street music shop, the new download service, hmvdigital, officially goes live with a catalogue of over 10 million songs.



Crackdown on Somalia killers

US attorney general Eric Holder pledged continued support for African peacekeeping efforts in war-torn Somalia as Uganda's president urged African leaders to unite against terrorism just weeks after Somali militants set off deadly twin bombings.

President Yoweri Museveni told 35 heads of state who convened in Uganda's capital Kampala for an African Union summit that the continent needed to step up its efforts against terror, saying: "Let us work in concert to sweep terrorists out of Africa."

Mr Holder said the US would continue to support AU peacekeeping efforts in Somalia.



Chavez turns heat on Obama

President Hugo Chavez has threatened to cut off oil sales to the US if Venezuela is attacked by its American-allied neighbour Colombia.

Speaking amid a dispute over claims that Venezuela harbours Colombian rebels, Mr Chavez said: "If there is any armed aggression against Venezuela from Colombian territory or anywhere else supported by the Yankee empire, we ... would suspend shipments of oil to the US."

Mr Chavez said the US was "the big one to blame for all the tension in this part of the world".



Body mix-up stuns families

Shocked families of a woman who died in an Arizona road crash and another who suffered severe injuries learned they had been mourning the wrong woman because of a mix-up by authorities.

All last week, friends stood vigil at a Phoenix hospital after they were told 21-year-old Marlena Cantu was in a critical condition, and 19-year-old Abby Guerra had died.


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