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Suicide bomb kills 10 rebels

A suicide car bomb targeted a house used by Shiite Houthi rebels in a town south of Sanaa, killing at least 10 and injuring 15, security officials said, in an attack that bore all the hallmarks of al-Qaida.

The Yemeni officials said the bombing in the Radaa area in Baydah province hit the house of Abdullah Idris, a top local official with the party of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

All victims were members of the Houthi movement, whose fighters overran the capital of Sanaa last month. The Houthis have since made significant military advances widely suspected to have been made with the help of Saleh's loyalists among tribes and in the military.

Che Guevara snapper dies

Rene Burri, the Swiss photographer who captured iconic black and white images of Communist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara and artist Pablo Picasso, has died at the age of 81.

Magnum Photos, the agency he joined in 1955, confirmed Burri had died of cancer.

In 1963, he travelled to Cuba and shot his famous picture of a cigar-chomping Guevara, seemingly pausing for thought during an interview.

Hopes raised for missing girls

There is cautious optimism in Nigeria over local reports that the more than 200 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls may soon be released soon as part of a ceasefire agreement with the country's Islamic rebels, Boko Haram.

However, Nigeria's federal government has not yet provided details on the terms of the truce that was announced on Friday by the military.

Lumley voices Christmas CD

Screen stars such as Joanna Lumley and Jim Broadbent are hoping to take the words of Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Blake and Betjeman into the album charts.

They are among the figures who have given their voices to an album of seasonal poetry set to classical music, called Christmas Words For You, which is to be released early next month.