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In Brief: Saddam victims demand probe

TWENTY victims of Saddam Hussein's 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja are demanding a French judicial investigation of the companies that supplied the materials.

Halabja marked the deadliest chemical weapons attack against civilians.

Saddam suspected the non-Arab Kurds of siding with Iran in the Iran-Iraq war.

Up to 5,000 people died in the March 1988 attack.

Among other things, the victims want are a health clinic and advanced medical care, their lawyer said.

 

SINGER MOYET GETS TOP AWARD

Singer Alison Moyet is to be honoured at annual music event the Silver Clef Awards.

The performer – who has had hits with Yazoo and in her own right as well as starring in West End productions – is to be given the "icon award".

She will receive her honorary prize from her friend Dawn French at the event later this month.

The awards ceremony, to be staged at the London Hilton on June 28, is staged for charity Nordoff Robbins, which helps vulnerable people with music therapy.

 

TALIBAN SLAIN IN AIRPORT ATTACK

Seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near Afghanistan's main airport.

They targeted Nato's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and at least one large bomb.

Two Afghan civilians were wounded and all the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle.

Elsewhere, a roadside bomb killed a Polish soldier in the Nato force.

 

QUO CLOCK UP 100TH SINGLE

Rock veterans Status Quo are celebrating a new milestone as they released their 100th single.

New track Bula Bula Quo pushes them into three figures almost 46 years after their debut release Pictures Of Matchstick Men.

The group – who temporarily reunited the classic 1970s line-up for shows earlier this year – also released a new album Bula Quo, which accompanies a forthcoming movie of the same name.


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