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World news in brief: US fears over Somali gang

If the Somali terror group al-Shabab is responsible for the deadly attacks in Uganda, it could mean the group is capable of carrying out successful attacks in Africa and beyond, according to the FBI.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the bomb that killed 76 people watching the World Cup final in Uganda on Sunday.

President Barack Obama said the statements indicate that al-Shabab and other terrorists see Africa "as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains."



Moat's victim tells of attack

The police officer injured by Raoul Moat described how the gunman stared coldly into his eyes moments before he shot him in the face.

David Rathband spoke out after an inquest into the death of Moat who shot himself in Rothbury, Northumbria, England, last week, after a manhunt.

PC Rathband (42), who was shot through his car window, said: "I looked into his eyes and I saw nothing - no emotion. Then I felt the pain full-on in my face. I knew my right eye socket had just exploded and my eye had gone."



Catwoman's gems stolen

A man accused of stealing $150,000 of jewellery from actress Julie Newmar has pleaded no contest to theft.

Robert Ouriel entered the plea yesterday in Los Angeles and was sentenced to three years probation and 45 days of community service.

Ouriel (49) has been described as an acquaintance of Newmar, who played the first Catwoman on the 1960s TV show Batman.



Castro back in the spotlight

Cuba released another round of photos of Fidel Castro in public, showing him meeting with academics, whom he warned of coming global nuclear war.

Castro (83) is seen with his wife at Havana's World Economic Centre. He has stayed mostly out of the public eye since emergency surgery forced him to give up power in July 2006.


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