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In brief: Stop harassing Gazza -- clinic

The rehabilitation clinic treating Paul Gascoigne has urged the press to stop "harassing" the troubled former footballer -- claiming that media attention is adding to his "current anxieties".

The Providence Projects, which is treating the star for alcoholism and depression, said reporters have been camped outside its clinic near Bournemouth, England, every day since he entered rehab.

The plea came after the one-time World Cup star (43) missed his sentencing in Newcastle for drink-driving, after voluntarily checking himself into the clinic.

Families return to volcano site

Thousands of villagers have returned to their homes on the slopes of Indonesia's deadly Mount Merapi volcano as it has become less active.

Half of nearly 400,000 evacuees have now returned home after the official "danger zone" was reduced to 10km from the crater.

The death toll from the volcano's eruptions since October 26 has risen to 283.

Trick or treat murder charge

A DRIVER has been charged with gunning down a teenager he thought threw eggs at his Mercedes in a Halloween prank in Atlanta.

Michael Hunnicutt (20) was charged with murder over the death of 18-year-old Tavarus Erving on October 31.

US police said 10 shots were fired in the incident.