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Monday 11 December 2017

IN BRIEF: Pakistani jets kill 31 militants

Pakistani fighter jets have bombed militant positions in two different areas along the Afghan border, killing 31 suspected insurgents.

Political administrators Wajid Khan and Ameer Gul said the strikes occurred in the Orakzai and Kurram tribal areas.

They followed clashes between soldiers and militants over a strategic mountain-top in Kurram that killed more than 60 people in the last week. The Pakistani military has launched offensives against militants in the region in the past few years.



Haiti's tribute to actor Penn

Actor Sean Penn has been named ambassador at large for Haiti in recognition of his humanitarian work since the 2010 earthquake.

The Hollywood star, pictured, received the honour from Haitian president Michel Martelly at a special ceremony at the National Palace.

Mr Martelly thanked Penn for keeping the spotlight on the Caribbean nation.

Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organisation was set up a few months after the earthquake to oversee a settlement camp where thousands of people displaced by the disaster lived.



Pupil (7) locked up for 6 hours

Police in Monterrey, Mexico, say a seven-year-old was locked inside a classroom by his teacher as punishment for supposed misbehaviour and left alone for six hours until he was rescued by officers around midnight.

The boy was found under the teacher's desk, covering himself with one of her sweaters for warmth.

Police say the boy's family started looking for him after he didn't return home from school on time.

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