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In Brief: Eleven killed in Iraq bomb blitz

ELEVEN people have been killed in explosions targeting the police in three cities across Iraq.

The officials said that another 41 people were wounded in the bombings today in Baghdad, the city of Latifiyah south of the capital and the northern city of Kirkuk.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Occupy chiefs call for strike

Occupy Wall Street activists called for supporters to stop work on May 1 to protest against what they are calling police brutality during 73 arrests in New York.

Several dozen activists joined members of New York's City Council for a news conference in Zuccotti Park to complain about police tactics.

Police started detaining people after hundreds of Occupy supporters gathered in the park to mark six months since the start of the movement.

Drivers go out in PJs and slippers

Motorists are driving on slip roads in slippers and on high roads in high heels, according to a survey.

Some also take the controls wearing flip-flops, while others drive in bare feet, the poll by Confused.com found.

As many as 25pc have driven while wearing pyjamas, while 19pc of 25 to 34-year-olds consider their own driving habits are risky, the survey of 2,000 drivers showed.

As many as 10pc have driven in slippers, while 40pc of women admitted to driving in high heels.

The main slipper wearers were men aged 25-34 and women aged 18-24, while the over-55s were least likely to try driving in slippers.

Turkey put on US blacklist

An annual US government report is adding US ally Turkey as well as Tajikistan to a list of the worst violators of religious rights.

The report to be released by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom cites Turkey for "systematic and egregious limitations" on religious liberty.

Turkey and Tajikistan are among a total 16 nations listed by the commission as countries of particular concern.