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In Brief: Suicide bomber car blast kills seven

A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-packed car at a police checkpoint outside a Shi'ite district in northwest Baghdad, killing at least seven people and wounding 16 more.

Most of the victims were policemen at the checkpoint to the Kadhimiya neighbourhood, where an intelligence service base and the Kadhimiya Shrine, a major Shi'ite Muslim religious site, are located.

Attacks and bombings on Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim areas across the country have killed nearly 2,000 people since April in the worst violence in five years.

 

SEARCH ON FOR REFUGEES IN SEA

A boat carrying up to 60 asylum seekers has capsized in the Indian Ocean en route to Australia, with 13 people confirmed dead and no survivors found by the fourth day of searching.

An air and search continued 120km northwest of Christmas Island, an Australian territory 500km south of Jakarta and 2,600km from Perth, the nearest major Australian coastal city.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said: "This is a terrible tragedy; our focus is on finding people alive."

 

TRAIN DRIVERS PROTEST IN SKIRTS

Commuters on a train line in northern Stockholm were met with an unusual sight this week: male train drivers and conductors wearing skirts.

Train driver Martin Akersten says he and more than a dozen others at the Roslagsbanan line have started wearing skirts in the summer as a protest against the train company's uniform policy, which doesn't allow shorts.

The 30-year-old Akersten said the response from customers has been only positive.

 

APRIL SISTER IN SKYDIVE APPEAL

The teenage sister of April Jones has skydived 13,000ft to thank a volunteer rescue team who searched for the five-year-old.

Dozens of volunteers came forward to search for April when she disappeared in Wales in October, including a team of specialist mountain rescuers.

April's half-sister Hazel Jones (19) took part to raise money for the Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team.


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