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Host Linkletter dies aged 97 Red Cross still helping Taliban Arizona border laws slammed Togo crisis in refugee influx

Art Linkletter, who hosted the popular US TV shows People Are Funny and House Party in the 1950s and 1960s, has died at 97.

Art Linkletter's House Party, one of US television's longest-running variety shows, debuted on radio in 1944 and was seen on CBS-TV from 1952 to 1969.

Though the show had many features, the best known was the daily interviews with schoolchildren -- later developed into the Kids Say The Darndest Things series.

His son-in-law Art Hershey said Linkletter died yesterday at his Los Angeles home.

Red Cross still helping Taliban

The international Red Cross says it will continue giving first aid training and kits to Taliban fighters in Afghanistan amid strong opposition worldwide.

The International Committee of the Red Cross trained "over 70 members of the armed opposition" in first aid last month.

The courses, which started in 2006, would continue for as long as they were needed, said Red Cross spokesman Christian Cardon.

Arizona border laws slammed

Arizona's new immigration law and similar proposals in other states would lead to an increase in crime, police chiefs from around the US told attorney general Eric Holder.

The police chiefs told Mr Holder that having to determine whether a person was in the US illegally would divert resources away from fighting crime.

Mr Holder has expressed reservations about the law, which allows police to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally, saying it could lead to racial profiling.

Togo crisis in refugee influx

Several thousand Ghanaians fleeing ethnic strife in the country's north have crossed the border into Togo in recent days, the United Nations said.

Francis Kpatinde, regional spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said the Togolese government reacted quickly, supplying the refugees with tents, food and medicine and vaccinating children.

Although Ghana is relatively stable, refugees cross into Togo to flee ethnic fighting and land disputes.