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Tees Valley Edition

Feb 18, 2007

Car bombs kill 63 in Baghdad TWO car bombs exploded in an outdoor market in Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 63 people and injuring scores in the deadliest attack since US and Iraqi forces began a major security push around the capital last week.The twin blasts - which tore through the open-air market in the mostly Shi'ite district of New Baghdad - marked the first major response by militants to the sweep launched last week. Police and ambulance service officials reported at least 129 people were injured. A separate car bomb in the mostly Shi'ite area of Sadr City killed at least one person and injured ten.THE PRICE IS REICH:Arare bottle of Nazi wine - with a picture of Adolf Hitler on the label - was sold for 3,995 at auction in Plymouth at the weekend.The Fuhrerwein, dating from 1943, had been expected to fetch only 500 to 800.A GOOD LAUGH:Workers spend an average of 45 minutes every day having a good laugh, according to research by entertainment channel MSN Video. A study of 1,000 office employees found that women giggled more than men, while older workers were less likely to find things to laugh about. PREMIUMS RISE:Motorists faced an average two per cent rise in insurance premiums last year, with younger drivers being the hardest hit. The average premium increased by 9.80 to 472.52, figures from Sainsbury's Car Insurance revealed.

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