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In brief: Cheeky Girl gets caution over theft

Cheeky Girl Gabriela Irimia has been cautioned by police for shoplifting.

The singer (26), who was once engaged to former MP Lembit Opik, was detained after stealing groceries said to be worth about £40 (€48) from a Sainsbury's store in Cheshire, England.

Combat Barbie to enter Afghan war

A former Miss England, dubbed Combat Barbie, faces deployment to Afghanistan after she returned to the army following her stint as a beauty queen.

Corporal Katrina Hodge (24) swapped active service for the glitz and glamour of the catwalk when she took the title last January.

Scores die in Iranian air crash

AN Iranair plane with 95 passengers on board crashed in the country's north-west region yesterday, killing almost half of those on board.

The rest of those on the plane survived with light injuries, Iranian media reported. The Boeing-727 crashed shortly before it was to land in the city of Orumiyeh, 460 miles north-west of the capital, Tehran.

Rihanna in first for solo chart success

Rihanna became the first female solo artist in British chart history to achieve five number one singles in consecutive years when 'What's My Name' took top spot yesterday.

The only other solo artist to equal the achievement was Elvis Presley in the 1950s. The 22-year-old currently has the number one album, number one single and two songs in the top 10.

Couple's wedding switches to court

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An Illinois couple have exchanged lawsuits instead of wedding vows. Dominique Buttitta claims she learned from friends that Vito Salerno had called off their planned autumn wedding. She's suing him for €100,000 (€77,000) for expenses.

Mr Salerno countered with his own suit demanding return of the three-carat, €45,500 (€35,000) engagement ring. He claims his fiancee kept him in the dark about wedding costs.

Robber caught out by unreliable taxi

A robber in the US learned the hard way that hailing a taxi to make a getaway works only in films.

The crook, about to rob a suburban Chicago Burger King at knifepoint, asked the cabbie to wait. But the thug took his time, and when he came out after 30 minutes the cabbie was gone and the suspect was captured.

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