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Roadside bomb kills six officers

A roadside bomb has killed six policemen in Afghanistan's west, officials said.

The officers' vehicle hit the explosives planted in the road they were driving on this morning in Herat province.

District police chief Sher Agha said the explosion was so strong that the police vehicle was completely destroyed in the blast in Obey district. He said there were no survivors.

Insurgents often use makeshift land mines to target both Afghan government officials and international forces in Afghanistan.

GAYS 'LIVING IN FEAR' IN EU

THE EU is calling for action to counter discrimination and violence against homosexuals after a major survey revealed many are living in fear.

Morten Kjaerum of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights says action is needed "to break down the barriers, eliminate the hate and create a society where everyone can fully enjoy their rights".

The survey of 93,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people showed that more than 80pc are verbally abused or bullied at school and a quarter have been attacked or threatened in recent years.

SWISS TOURIST SPARKS SEARCH

A TOURIST who abandoned her bicycle in bad weather last Thursday unwittingly sparked a search, rescue teams say.

A helicopter, gardai and volunteers combed the area around Glen Head, Glencolmcille, Co Donegal, after a bike was found there.

The search was stood down on Sunday evening when the Swiss tourist returned to collect the bike near the Martello tower in the area.

ROWLING HELPS CHARITY AUCTION

A first edition copy of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone that contains author JK Rowling's notes and original illustrations is going on sale in a charity auction.

The personal annotations from Rowling included comments on the process of writing and a section from an early draft of the novel.

They also included a note on how she came to invent the game of Quidditch.

The auction at Sotheby's London benefited the English PEN writers' association.


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