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Oil executive gunned down

AN OIL company executive has been shot dead in front of his wife in what appears to have been an assassination-style killing in Belgium.

Nicholas Mockford (60), an executive for ExxonMobil, was gunned down as he left an Italian restaurant in Brussels.

He was shot three times, once as he lay on he floor, and his wife Mary was left beaten and covered in blood, cradling her husband and shouting for help. He died on the way to hospital.

Witnesses say they saw the couple walk across the street to their Lexus car before shots were fired.

Rocket launch fails third time

South Korea has been forced to postpone its third attempt to launch a satellite into space from its own soil because of a last-minute technical glitch.

Space agency chief Kim Seung-jo said engineers found a gas leak in the link between the two-stage rocket and the launch pad just hours before the planned lift-off.

South Korea has tried unsuccessfully on two other occasions to launch a satellite from its own soil.

Actress 'manic' after fatal crash

Witnesses to the aftermath of a fatal car accident involving a former Melrose Place actress say she was "manic", babbling and unaware someone had died.

An ER nurse spoke at the aggravated manslaughter trial of Amy Locane-Bovenizer in Somerville, New Jersey.

The prosecution and the defence agree Locane-Bovenizer, who played Sandy Louise Harling in the TV series, was drunk on the night of the 2010 crash. But the defence claims the actress was distracted by another driver who was chasing her.

Couple quizzed over €1m jewels

An 87-year-old property developer and his wife face dozens of charges in the US after they were arrested in the French Alps.

A 43-count grand jury indictment accuses Michael Mastro and his wife, Linda, of Seattle, Washington, of concealing a bank account of more than (¤588,000) from their creditors.

Prosecutors say they also lied about the whereabouts of two diamonds worth €1m.