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Obama to mark exit from Iraq

US President Barack Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office and also visit troops at Fort Bliss in Texas next Tuesday to mark the end of US combat operations in Iraq.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made the announcement.

Mr Obama promised in 2009 to end the formal combat mission by August 31, and earlier this week the White House said the number of US troops in Iraq had fallen below 50,000.

Abusive father gets 20 years

A man who prosecutors say shook his infant daughter so hard that she suffered massive brain injuries because her cries interrupted his video game has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

During a Nevado sentencing hearing Wednesday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Greco said Gerardo Espinosa condemned the girl to a life of misery, unable to see or hear and with limited mobility.

A jury last month convicted Espinosa of child abuse. His daughter was 11 weeks old when she was injured.

Fugitive snake slithers home

A six-foot boa constrictor made its way back home after escaping and spending almost a month on the slither.

Diego the snake made his bid for freedom on July 30 after disappearing through the bathroom window of a home in Barnfield, Wickford, Essex.

Specialist search officers failed to find him and the public were warned not to approach the potentially dangerous creature.

But having grown bored of what Essex had to offer, Diego was found in the garden of his owner's house, police said.

It is thought he may have spent his days of freedom hunting for prey.