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Setback for Catalans

SPAIN'S Constitutional Court has partially struck down a sovereignty claim approved by politicians last year in Catalonia, a vital step towards a referendum on full independence.

In 2013, Catalonia's regional parliament adopted a declaration of self-determination. The Madrid court declared "null and unconstitutional" the first point in the Catalan ruling, which said the people of the region had the legal right to infringe Spain's constitution.

ATTACKS KILL 26 IN IRAQ

A SPATE of bombings and shootings have killed 26 people across Iraq, mostly members of the security forces. A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden tanker into a security checkpoint in a north-east suburb of Baghdad, killing six soldiers and three civilians.

Earlier, gunmen attacked an army post just north of Baghdad, killing eight soldiers. A car bomb blast in a commercial street in western Baghdad killed four people, and in Mosul, gunmen sprayed an army checkpoint, killing five.

CLIFFORD WAS 'REVOLTED'

Publicist Max Clifford told police it was "revolting" to be accused of being a paedophile when questioned over allegations of indecently assaulting a teenage girl, a court has heard.

Jurors at London's Southwark Crown Court were read extracts from police interviews after Clifford (70) was arrested in December 2012 and February last year. Earlier, it also heard from a woman who claimed Clifford exposed himself to her when she was a 16-year-old aspiring model. Clifford is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault against seven women and girls. He denies the charges.

SPEED KILLED WALKER

The Porsche carrying 'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker was travelling about 90mph (145kmh) when it crashed on a suburban Los Angeles street, killing the actor and his friend.

The car slammed into a light pole which had a speed limit sign of 45mph, killing Walker and driver Roger Rodas in a fiery crash last November. Investigators concluded that unsafe driving, rather than mechanical problems, caused the crash.

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Asda has apologised to a customer who was charged £450 (€538) for a loaf of bread while using a debit card at a self-service checkout.

John Brown only noticed the Wolverhampton store's error when he checked his bank statement days after buying two loaves of bread, a pot of jam and a box of eggs.


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