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Police killed in suicide attack

At least eight policemen were killed and 13 wounded in a suspected suicide attack on a police station in northwestern Pakistan, the third such attack in the country within a week.

Nearly 100 people were killed in suicide bombings on processions of minority Shi'ite Muslims in Lahore and Quetta last week.

The attacks by militants linked to al-Qai'da and the Taliban ended a lull in violence after Pakistan was hit by the worst floods in its history.

In the latest attack, a suicide bomber drove his car into a police station in the town of Lakki Marwat.

Families flee storms in Oz

Emergency crews across Australia were mopping up damage and responding to calls for help after fierce storms as residents in one town evacuated because of rising floodwaters.

On the south coast of New South Wales, roofs were ripped from houses and windows smashed as gale-force winds tore through the region at the weekend.

People in Wangaratta, in Victoria state, were forced to leave their homes.

Afghan bank keeps going

Afghanistan's largest bank remained solvent after a nearly week-long run on the troubled institution, the governor of the nation's central bank said.

Nervous customers continued to make withdrawals, but governor Abdul Qadir Fitrat said Kabul Bank, which handles the pay for Afghan public servants, soldiers and police, was on sound footing.

He said no decision had been made about whether the central bank would use money to shore up Kabul Bank, partly owned by President Hamid Karzai's brother.

Woman beats lunch rivals

The Black Widow of eating contests gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the US national championship record.

Sonya Thomas ate 4.86lbs of chicken wings to win the National Buffalo Wing Festival's contest in New York. The previous record was her 174 wings in 2005.

Ms Thomas (43), from Virginia, calls herself the Black Widow because she often beats male competitors.


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