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Berry 'stalker' to stand trial

A judge has ruled that a man charged with stalking Halle Berry should stand trial on two charges filed after he was repeatedly seen on the actress's property earlier this year.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Melissa Widdifield issued her ruling after hearing from two witnesses called during a preliminary hearing to show some of the evidence against Richard A Franco, who has pleaded not guilty to burglary and stalking charges.

He was charged after police arrested him outside Berry's home in July.



Eight killed in aircraft crash

A light aircraft carrying 12 people crashed after takeoff and burst into flames in Botswana, killing the British pilot and seven tourists from France, Sweden and Britain, an official said.

The crash occurred on Friday in the southern African nation's remote Okavango Delta, according to spokesman Modipe Nkwe of the Civil Aviation Authority. He said two French tourists and two Botswana citizens survived.

The cause is under investigation, Nkwe said.



Warning over fish pedicures

People with weak immune systems or underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of infection from fish pedicures, experts have warned.

Questions have been raised in recent months over the beauty craze, which sees customers place their feet in tanks of water containing dozens of tiny Garra Rufa fish which nibble on dead skin.

While the pampering carries a "very low" risk for healthy clients, those with conditions including diabetes and psoriasis have now been advised against it.



Stone Roses return expected

Seminal rock band the Stone Roses are expected to announce a comeback tour today.

Invitations have been sent out to journalists for "a special press conference for a very important announcement" at a central London hotel today, prompting rumours that one of the most eagerly anticipated reunions in rock music is on the cards.

The Mancunian band fell apart in 1996 after legal wrangles and internal rows.