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Sunday 17 December 2017

Five dead in suicide bomb

A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck a British embassy vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least five people.

The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power by a US-led coalition in 2001, claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a wave of bombings to hit Kabul.

One witness saw at least three bodies from the blast in a nearby hospital.

At least five civilians were killed and 34 wounded, Health Ministry spokesman Kaniska Turkistani said.

Jungle rap for BBC's Buerk

Newsreader Michael Buerk has been given a lesson in rap by his jungle campmate, chart star Tinchy Stryder.

The 68-year-old - who had looked set to walk out of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! - has been brushing up on a new skill.

Rapper Stryder advised him to use rhythm and flow.

"I'm Michael and I'm real cool, stuck in the jungle, feel a real fool. My pants are red and I have no bed," Buerk chanted.

Melissa's dad in drugs warning

The father of convicted drug smuggler Melissa Reid has spoken of the devastating effect her crime has had on his family.

He has taken part in a new video campaign warning of the consequences of drug crime abroad.

Billy Reid's daughter Melissa was jailed alongside Michaela McCollum for just under seven years after admitting trying to smuggle cocaine from Peru to Spain.

Vinyl sales are over a million

Annual sales of vinyl albums have soared past the million mark for the first time in 18 years - buoyed by veteran rock act Pink Floyd.

The format has been undergoing a renaissance with sales gradually increasing in recent years and it has now hit the seven-figure mark for the first time since 1996.

Floyd's first new release for 20 years, The Endless River, helped the figures sail over the million mark in the UK.

And its vinyl sales of 6,000 in just a week are also the highest of any album since 1997.

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