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Star Granger dies aged 85

Farley Granger, the 1950s teenager screen idol who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classics Rope and Strangers On A Train, has died in New York aged 85.

Granger, who died of natural causes, was an overnight Hollywood success story.

Talent scouts for movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn saw the handsome youngster at the age of 16 in a small theatre group and signed him to a contract.

His first movie was The North Star in 1943.

Suspect held for Bali blast

A top Indonesian al-Qa'ida operative wanted for the 2002 Bali bombings has been arrested in Pakistan, foreign intelligence sources said today.

The capture of Umar Patek, a suspected member of the al-Qa'ida-linked militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, could provide valuable intelligence about the organisation and possible future plots.

It is not clear whether Pakistan stumbled on Patek or his capture was the result of an intelligence tip.

Le Carre snubs Booker prize

Spy novelist John le Carre has asked for his name to be removed from the shortlist for the Man Booker International prize.

The author of more than 20 books, including The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and The Constant Gardener was among 13 writers named today as finalists for the prize.

It is separate from the better-known Man Booker Prize for Fiction, which is awarded each year for a specific book. The winner will be announced on May 18.

Le Carre said in a statement he was flattered to be shortlisted but that he does not take part in literary competitions.

Four jailed for sex trading

A court in Vietnam has sentenced four people to up to 10 years in prison for trafficking women to China.

The four were convicted of selling 14 women to a ring headed by a Vietnamese woman living in China.

The women were forced to marry Chinese men. The four were given jail sentences ranging from four to 10 years.