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In brief: Bodies found in hostage hunt

THE Mexican navy said it has found bodies in the state of Veracruz that could be those of three marines and a naval cadet kidnapped by suspected drug cartel gunmen earlier this month.

The navy said in a statement that objects belonging to the kidnapped servicemen were found in a raid on a warehouse on Sunday and that investigators later found the four bodies in pits on the outskirts of the state capital.

Elsewhere in Mexico, police in Acapulco reported yesterday finding two ice chests, one of which held a man's head and the other a leg and right foot.

Helena in new Gervais show

HOLLYWOOD star Helena Bonham Carter is to be among the guests in Ricky Gervais' new BBC sitcom.

The actress has been added to the line-up for the BBC2 series Life's Too Short.

Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Steve Carrell and Sting will also appear in the show, which is written and directed by Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Life's Too Short is a fake documentary following the life of an actor -- Warwick Davis -- who runs a talent agency for dwarves but nabs himself the best jobs.

Muslim veil law in Oz shake-up

MUSLIM women would have to show their faces to police on request under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state.

The New South Wales state government said today that under the law, police would be able to require anyone to remove a face covering for identification -- including a burqa, niqab, helmet or mask. Penalties for refusing would include a year in prison.

'Moron' used feet as brakes

A POLICE video camera captured images of a 24-year-old Detroit man who tried using his feet to stop a runaway pickup truck and caused multiple collisions.

After the vehicle's brakes failed on a busy street in Roseville, near Detroit, the man continued driving and stuck his feet outside the car to stop it, exhibiting "moronic decision making," Roseville Deputy Police Chief James Berlin said.

He was arrested for reckless driving.