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Thai drug gang shot by police

Thai security forces have killed seven alleged drug smugglers from Myanmar in a gunbattle near the border. It is one of the deadliest drug-related incidents reported in Thailand this year.

Investigators had been following a drug gang for several days when members were caught crossing the border on foot this morning in Chiang Rai province. Police said the suspects refused to stop and a shootout ensued in which seven were killed.

Police seized 520,000 methamphetamine pills and 70kg of crystal meth.

Officers are still hunting for other suspects who escaped the scene, about 733km north of Bangkok.

Ice Age sequel

tops box office

Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth film in the animated series has opened in first place in US and Canadian cinemas with $46m (¤37.5m)in sales.

The Amazing Spider-Man came in second with $35m (¤28m), Hollywood.com Box-Office said.

Ice Age: Continental Drift faced little fresh competition as the only new film opening in wide release this weekend.

The previous instalments of the series, about four prehistoric creatures who embark on adventures, took in more than $2.1bn (¤1.7bn) in worldwide ticket sales from three previous films.