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In brief: Inmates die in jail 'massacre'

SRI Lanka's main opposition party described the deaths of 27 inmates after a prison riot as a "cold-blooded massacre" and demanded a parliamentary investigation.

Mangala Samaraweera, a lawmaker for United National party, said that he had information that most of the prisoners killed during Friday's clash had been gunned down by police commandos and soldiers.

The clash erupted when prisoners attacked a search team that went into the Welikada Prison facility in Colombo looking for narcotics and communication devices.

TV producer Colman dies

TELEVISION producer and executive Henry Colman -- whose credits include The Love Boat, Hawaii Five-O and Green Acres -- has died at 89.

An announcement by the Archive of American Television said Colman died on Wednesday.

As a TV executive, he oversaw the pilot of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and worked on Green Acres and Hawaii Five-O. In the 1970s, he helped develop The Love Boat, where he worked as line producer.

Sooty moves to a new home

CHILDREN'S television favourite Sooty is set to move to a new home after the rights to a large library of programmes featuring the puppet were sold.

The glove-puppet bear and his friends Sweep the dog and panda Soo are being bought by One Media IP, a Buckinghamshire-based acquirer of music and video rights.

The rights are being sold by Richard Cadell, the children's entertainer who has appeared alongside Sooty since 1999.

Girlfriend (42) hid body in bin

A WOMAN faces a life sentence for killing her boyfriend and keeping his body in a wheelie bin in her bedroom for 11 days.

Karen Otmani (42) was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday of murdering 42-year-old Shaun Core.

After doping his beer, Otmani tied him to her bed before smothering him at her home in Stanstead Road, Forest Hill, south London, on June 4, last year.

Otmani was remanded in custody for sentencing today.


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