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Orphans killed in shelter blaze

A fire at a private shelter for orphans and abandoned children in central China has killed at least seven children and left an unknown number of others injured.

The official website China.org.cn says the fire broke out this morning at the shelter that was being run out of a woman's home in Lankao county of Henan province.

The website cites police at the site as saying that many children had been hurt in the fire, though the specific number was not yet available.



Police hurt in flag violence

AT least eight police officers were injured when a crowd attacked them with missiles and petrol bombs in a protest in Belfast.

The trouble was linked to an earlier protest against the decision by Belfast City Council to restrict the flying of the union flag over City Hall.

Last night, around 300 loyalists blocked roads in Carrickfergus and east Belfast. PSNI officers were attacked with one requiring hospital treatment.

Two people were arrested.



Baby-in-bin suspect in court

A woman was due in court today charged with attempting to murder a baby who was found at the bottom of a rubbish chute.

Iraqi national Jaymin Abdulrahman is due to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court for a plea hearing.

The baby was taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital after being found with serious injuries in a refuse collection chute in a block of flats in Wolverhampton last September.



Singer Ocean loses licence

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Frank Ocean has temporarily lost his driver's licence and faces a marijuana possession charge after police say he was pulled over twice on the final days of the year in California's Eastern Sierra Nevada for driving more than 145kph in 105kph zones.

The Mono County Sheriff's Department said officers first stopped Ocean's black BMW on December 30 and cited him for speeding.

Ocean was pulled over again on New Year's Eve.

Ocean's representative declined comment yesterday.