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US drone strike missed bomber

AL-QA'IDA'S top bomb-maker in Yemen did not die in a drone strike on a convoy, a senior Yemeni official said.

The news dashed US hopes that the attack might have killed a trio of al-Qa'ida leaders.

The US drone strike on Friday killed US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and an American propagandist, Samir Khan, who published a slick English-language web magazine that spouted al- Qa'ida's anti-Western ideology.

Typhoons and flooding kill 60

FLOODWATERS are slowly receding in many parts of the Philippines after two typhoons killed nearly 60 people.

Some people are still stranded on rooftops and local officials are appealing for more rescuers and boats to bring them down.

Mayor James de Jesus of worst-hit Calumpit town north of Manila said today at least 15 villages were still inaccessible. He said evacuation centres are crowded and cannot accommodate any more families

Chart-topping singer arrested

AN AMERICAN singer known for his 1990 chart-topping love song was hauled off stage and arrested, accused of owing $420,000 (¤313,000) in unpaid child support.

Steven Hill, of Las Vegas, who performs as Stevie B, was arrested on Friday at the MassMutual Centre in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was on tour, police said. Hill is best known for the song Because I Love You (The Postman Song).

It reached No 1 on the US Billboard charts in 1990.