World news: Major blast leaves 16 miners dead

A POWERFUL explosion rocked a mine in eastern Ukraine early today, killing 16 workers, emergency officials said.

Two workers were taken to hospital with burns and emergency officials were working to locate ten other miners who had worked in the area of the explosion.

The blast hit the Suhodilsk-Eastern mine in the eastern Luhansk region at about 2am local time today at a depth of 915 metres.

Mystery surrounds death of Libyan rebels' military chief

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The head of the Libyan rebel armed forces was shot and killed just before arriving for questioning by rebel authorities, their political leader said in a carefully worded statement to reporters that gave few details on who was behind the killing.

Adding to the confusion, the rebels had said hours earlier they had already detained the commander, Abdel-Fattah Younis, on suspicion his family might still have ties to the regime of Colonel Gaddafi, raising questions about whether he might have been assassinated by his own side.

Such a scenario would signal a split within the rebel movement at a time when their forces have failed to make battlefield gains despite nearly four months of Nato airstrikes against Gaddafi's forces.

Announcing the killing at a press conference where he did not take questions, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the rebels' National Transitional Council, called Cmr Younis "one of the heroes of the 17th of February revolution", a name marking the date of early protests against Gaddafi's regime.

Cmr Younis was Gaddafi's interior minister before defecting to the rebels early in the uprising, which began in February.

Husband's ad hails Zsa Zsa

Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband is saying happy anniversary in a big way.

Frederic Von Anhalt has taken out a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles to celebrate the couple's 25th anniversary. Beside their wedding photo, it reads: "Prince Frederic & Princess Zsa Zsa 25 years and counting."

Hunt on for rifleman

Police are searching for a man seen holding a rifle in a crowd as Haitian President Michel Martelly walked through a busy street in northern Haiti, a police official said.

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Joany Caneus, police director for Haiti's northern region, said witnesses had seen gunman standing among people watching Mr Martelly pass by on foot on Sunday in Haiti's second largest city, Cap-Haitien.

Mr Caneus said the man planned to assassinate Mr Martelly, but declined to say how he knew that.

Penguin clear for return home

New Zealand's favourite penguin visitor has been given a health clearance to be returned to the wild.

The news comes five weeks after he was found on a beach more than 2000 miles from his Antarctic home. "Happy Feet" was the first emperor penguin to be found in the wild in New Zealand in 44 years.

Buttock death 'an accident'

The death of a Las Vegas woman who died after getting a buttocks enhancement jag in a makeshift surgery was accidental, according to post mortem reports.

Elena Caro, 42, died from an adverse drug reaction.

The husband and wife who ran the surgery face murder charges.

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