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Militants kill 11 police officers

Suspected Islamic militants killed 11 Algerian policemen in a mortar and grenade attack near the North African nation's border with Mali.

The policemen were carrying out a patrol in 4x4 vehicles in the town of Tinzaouatine when the attackers emerged from behind a rock.

The attack is the most deadly since the start of the year in Algeria, where armed hardline Islamic groups have aligned with al-Qa'ida to stage bombings and other attacks.

Warhol's Liz goes for s8m

An Andy Warhol portrait of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was sold at auction for more than €8m.

The work, Silver Liz, was created in 1963 and had not been seen in public for more than 20 years until it went on display at Christie's in London earlier this month ahead of last night's sale.

It went to an anonymous bidder.

One highlight of the evening was Loopy, 1999, by Jeff Koons, which sold for €4m.

A Christie's spokesman said that this was a record for a painting by the artist at auction.

Shark fins off Hawaii menus

The US state of Hawaii's first of its kind ban on shark fins has come into effect.

The new law prohibits the possession, sale or distribution of shark fins in the islands.

This means restaurants will not be allowed to serve shark fin soup and other dishes found in some upscale Chinese restaurants.

Honolulu-born actress Kelly Hu joined the bill's sponsor, Senator Clayton Hee, to show her support for the ban.

Sex offender actor charged

Ferris Bueller actor Jeffrey Jones has been charged in Los Angeles with failing to update his sex offender registration information.

The 63-year-old Jones pleaded no contest in 2003 in Florida to a charge of employing a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos.

He was arrested in 2004 in Florida for failing to register as a sex offender there.

He is best known for playing the principal in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.