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World news in brief: Dad threw child off cliff to avoid payout

A father threw his four-year-old daughter off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean to avoid paying child support, a US court has heard.

Opening the murder retrial of Cameron Brown (47) yesterday, prosecutors said the accused had no interest in his child Lauren Sarene Key and, motivated by financial gain, hurled the girl off Inspiration Point in California, in 2000.

Woman was stuck in toilet for a week

AN Australian woman was rescued after spending a week wedged between her toilet door and the bowl. A Queensland state government spokesman said the 67-year-old was taken to hospital suffering from dehydration following her ordeal in the eastern city of Ipswich.

OC star to return to work after illness

Mischa Barton is expected to return to work after being released from a hospital in Los Angeles. The 23-year-old star of The OC was removed from her home earlier this month and taken to a clinic suffering from an undisclosed medical problem. It was reported the star was transported to a psychiatric centre for treatment after being detained involuntarily.

Overloaded yacht sinks: 85 missing

A massively overloaded yacht carrying Haitian illegal immigrants sank off the Turks and Caicos Islands and as many as 85 people are missing, the US Coast Guard said yesterday. An estimated 200 people were onboard when it capsized yesterday. One survivor said the boat struck a reef as it tried to escape police. Rescuers found 113 survivors on reefs two miles south-east of West Caicos island.

Gunmen kill eight in Thai bank heist

Gunmen killed eight security guards as they tried to steal £4.2m from a central Baghdad bank yesterday. Police said the robbers were insurgents attempting to finance their operations. The gunmen broke into the state-run Rafidain Bank at 4am, killing three on-duty guards and five others who were either on a break or asleep.

Italian lottery hits record £92m jackpot

Italy's state lottery has reached a record jackpot of £92m, sending Italians on a ticket-buying spree. No-one has bet on the winning six-number combination since January, setting the stage for what could be Italy's highest-ever prize.

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