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In brief: 30 al-Qa'ida rebels killed

THIRTY al-Qa'ida suspects have been killed in US air strikes and clashes with soldiers in Yemen, military and medical officials say.

An official said that the US bombed al-Qa'ida positions on Wednesday and Thursday, which militants had seized.

Yemen has seen mass protests against long-time President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The air strikes reportedly freed a Yemeni military unit besieged for several weeks by al-Qa'ida militants.

Prince in €2.8m perfume payout

A NEW York court says Prince should pay almost $4m (¤2.8m) to a perfume company that claimed he hobbled its efforts to market a perfume named for one of his albums.

A court referee recommended a roughly $3.95m award last week. The award is still to be confirmed.

Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics Inc says it licensed the Purple Rain singer's name and likeness and the album title 3121 to market its fragrance. The Pennsylvania-based company says Prince broke promises to help promote the scent after its 2007 launch.

UN sex abuse probe in Haiti

THE United Nations is investigating allegations that peacekeepers in Haiti sexually molested an 18-year-old man in an attack allegedly captured by a mobile phone camera.

UN spokeswoman Eliane Nabaa said the five Uruguayan soldiers were confined to barracks pending the outcome of the probe. A video on ABC News' website purports to show the alleged incident. Several men are seen laughing as they pin down a young man on a mattress.

The UN peacekeeping mission has been in Haiti since 2004, after Jean-Bertrand Aristide was toppled.

US wildfires leave two hurt

A WILDFIRE that forced 1,500 homes in Southern California to be evacuated spread to nearly two square miles and destroyed two mobile homes today.

Firefighters have contained 20pc of the blaze that started on the road from California to Las Vegas.

State fire spokesman Glenn Barley said two firefighters were injured and two structures damaged.