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Sly can still rule the box office

Sylvester Stallone has proved he is not quite expendable yet at the US box office.

Stallone lifted Lionsgate's 1980s-style action romp The Expendables to a number one debut with $35m (€27.3m), according to studio estimates.

While the macho Expendables lured male audiences, Julia Roberts delivered a crowd-pleaser for women with Eat Pray Love, which opened at number two with $23.7m (€18.5m).

Bank chief held over dealings

An Austrian judge ruled that the former chief executive of bank Hypo Alpe Adria should be held in pre-trial custody.

Wolfgang Kulterer was arrested and questioned as part of a probe into dealings at the troubled financial institution, which was nationalised last year to save it from bankruptcy.

Kulterer appeared before Judge Oliver Kriz, who ordered him held after investigators interrogated him.

Teen shot dead at gay parade

A teenager was shot to death in a fight between rival gangs at a gay parade in south-eastern Brazil.

Police said the teenager was shot as the gangs got into a confrontation heading to the parade attended by nearly 70,000 people in Juiz de Fora.

Authorities told local media another teenager was shot in the leg, but the injury was not life-threatening.

Globo's G1 website said police detained 17 youngsters, including a man suspected of firing the shots that killed the teenager.

Priest ordered to drop sticker

A US priest was warned by lawyers to get rid of door stickers on his car with the words 'God Squad'.

Father Luke Strand at the Holy Family Parish in Wisconsin said he received a cease-and-desist letter from electronics retailer Best Buy.

At issue is Fr Strand's car with door stickers bearing the words 'God Squad' in a logo similar to that of Best Buy's Geek Squad, a group of electronics troubleshooters.

Best Buy said that it appreciated what Fr Strand was trying to do, but it was bad precedent to let groups violate its trademarks.