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Shi'ite militia kill 68 at Sunni mosque in eastern Iraq

At least 68 people have died after Shi'ite militia forces opened fire on a Sunni mosque in the country's eastern Diyala province, a morgue official told Reuters.

The mass killing marks a setback for Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi, from the majority Shi'ite community, who is seeking support from Sunnis and ethnic Kurds to take on the Islamic State insurgency that is threatening to tear Iraq apart.

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Waddle tweets 'I love you' message to troubled Gazza

Ex-England star Chris Waddle has tweeted messages of support to his former teammate Paul Gascoigne.

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I know it's hard to stay focused but you have so many people who want you to come through this come on stay strong

Gascoigne, who has battled with alcoholism for long periods, was pictured looking frail and gaunt as parademics helped him into an ambulance yesterday.

Waddle sent the affectionate messages to fellow Geordie Gascoigne including a picture of the pair during England's famous World Cup campaign at Italy 1990.

Dozens watch public executions in Gaza outside mosque

Dozens of Palestinians look on as seven men believed to be Israeli informants are publicly executed outside a mosque in central Gaza.

The executions happened in front of worshippers.
The executions happened in front of worshippers. Credit: Reuters

The seven men, who had their hands tied and bags put over their head, were led to a wall and shot dead by masked executioners.

A pro-Hamas website said it would serve as a warning that anyone who aids the Israelis would also be killed in what is known as the "strangling necks operation".

One man believed to be an informant is led to his death.
One man believed to be an informant is led to his death. Credit: Reuters

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Russian aid convoy is 'violation of international law'

The aid convoy had been held at the Ukrainian border for nearly a week.
The aid convoy had been held at the Ukrainian border for nearly a week. Credit: Reuters

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the entry of more than 100 Russian aid trucks into the country is a "flagrant violation of international law."

In a statement on his website, he added none of the trucks' cargo had been checked before being driven in.

'Pensioner' tries to hold-up bank in Norfolk

Police are looking for a man who tried to hold up a bank in an affluent area of Norfolk yesterday afternoon, in what was described as an "unusual incident".

The suspect, who was wearing a distinctive white, cream, blue and black stripy jumper and dark trousers,  tried to rob the bank at 3pm yesterday.
The suspect, who was wearing a distinctive white, cream, blue and black stripy jumper and dark trousers, tried to rob the bank at 3pm yesterday. Credit: Norfolk Police

The suspect, who Norfolk Police believes could be in his 60s or 70s, threatened staff at a branch of TSB in Holt with what appeared to be a firearm.

The cashier refused to give the man any money and he left empty-handed.

Detective Inspector Graeme Talbot said: "No staff member was hurt but they were obviously surprised and upset by what happened.

"This was an unusual and isolated incident which was over very quickly but it is important we identify this individual at the earliest opportunity."

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