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Suspect facing trial for murder

A Lithuanian man who was shot by armed officers in a supermarket hours before a woman's body was found was due to go on trial today charged with her murder.

Tomas Uptas (32) was also charged with possessing an air gun with intent to cause fear of violence after the incident where he was shot in the arm by a police marksman at a Morrisons store in Canterbury, Kent, on November 26 last year.

Hours later, the body of Loreta Raupiene (46) was found at the Ambassador Guest House in Victoria Road in the city. Uptas also pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted false imprisonment when he appeared in court in February. He is in custody and will stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court from 10.30am.



Earthquake shakes Chile

An earthquake has rattled an area in northern Chile where the South American country's main mining operations are located.

The US Geological Survey says yesterday's quake registered 6.2 magnitude and was centred about 80 kilometres east-northeast of Calama. That is 1,260 kilometres north-northeast of the Chilean capital of Santiago.

There were no reports of damage or injuries.



Air France jet in bomb scare

An Air France flight resumed its flight from Rio to Paris after a bomb scare triggered an emergency landing in northeastern Brazil. No explosive was found on board.

The delay in the plane's departure from the northeastern city of Recife was necessary because regulations require that the crew receive a certain amount of rest, an Air France spokesman in Brazil said yesterday.



Award-winning Hawkins dies

Walter Hawkins, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor from Oakland, has died. He was 61.

Hawkins, who was battling pancreatic cancer, passed away at his home in Ripon, California, yesterday, his older brother Edwin Hawkins said.

"Today, I lost my brother, my pastor, and my best friend," Edwin Hawkins said.


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