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In brief: Three held on riot murders

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering three men who were killed during the recent UK riots as they tried to protect shops and homes from looters.

Haroon Jahan (21) and brothers Shazad Ali (30) and Abdul Musavir (31) were struck by a car in the early hours of August 10 during riots in Birmingham. They were pronounced dead in hospital.

Police said three men from Birmingham aged 20, 25 and 30 were arrested in the city yesterday.

Eleven men have previously been arrested in connection with the killings.



Heaven gets



boot from BB

Big Brother contestant Heaven has been evicted from the TV reality show house.

The third housemate to get the boot tumbled backwards as she climbed the stairs to the outside world and faced jeers as she faced the public.

But she put on a brave face as she met host Brian Dowling, saying last night: "I'm like Marmite, you either love me or hate me."



Last farewell to



executed killer

Friends and supporters of Troy Davis, the convicted murderer who was executed in Georgia last week, are remembering him as a gentle man who faced his execution with grace and dignity.

More than 250 people jammed the New Life Apostolic Temple in Davis' hometown of Savannah last night. A much larger service is planned for the 42-year-old's funeral today.

Davis was executed by lethal injection for the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.



China in threat



over web lies

China is renewing threats to punish people who post falsehoods on the internet as the government tries to rein in a medium that has become a source of lively debate and criticism.

The State Internet Information Office said yesterday that Internet rumours were malignant tumours that harm social stability.

A spokesperon called on Internet users to abide by laws and stop spreading rumours.