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Syrian suicide bomber kills 3

A suicide attacker blew himself up near one of the main churches in the Syrian capital yesterday, killing at least four people.

The blast struck in the vicinity of the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary Church in the predominantly Christian neighbourhood of Bab Sharqi in central Damascus.

Several people also were wounded in the explosion, but gave no further details.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.



Texas marked a sombre moment in criminal justice, executing its 500th inmate since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982.

Kimberly McCarthy, who was put to death for the murder of her 71-year-old neighbour, was also the first woman executed in the US in nearly three years.

McCarthy (52) was executed for the 1997 robbery, beating and fatal stabbing of retired professor Dorothy Booth.

Booth had agreed to give McCarthy a cup of sugar before she was attacked with a butcher knife and candelabra at her home, south of Dallas.



German prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against a German-Afghan man accused of being a contact for two brothers who produced propaganda for a group that has carried out attacks in Afghanistan.

The 20-year-old dual citizen was charged with membership in a foreign terrorist organisation, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. He was identified only as Mohammed Salim A in line with German privacy rules.


SENATOR David Norris checked himself out of his cancer treatment in hospital to launch an impassioned plea for the Government to abandon plans to abolish the Seanad.

The former presidential candidate and gay and human rights campaigner accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of trying to rip democracy from the public.

Mr Kenny had "blood on his fangs" over the issue, said the senator.