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Waffa Bin Laden Launches Pop Career

    The Sun reports Osama bin Laden's niece Waffa bin Laden is set to launch a pop career in Britain. She has been working with Madonna producer Nellee Hooper and John Benson, the man who discovered All Saints. "She has a very dusky and sultry voice and has real potential," Benson said. "It's hard for her with her name but I am giving her some songs and I think she could be a success. She is very polite and sweet and has recorded stuff in the States, I think with Wyclef. It's adult pop."
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Judge Dredd goes to China

China Fields Eighteen Mobile Execution Vans

"Modernization in China rolls on with eighteen mobile execution vans on the prowl to fulfill the edicts of the Intermediate Courts of the southern province of Yunnan as well as the cities of Harbin and Shanghai. [...]

The new $60,000 execution "death on wheels" vans are converted 24-seater buses. The vehicles look like ordinary police vans except they are marked with the Chinese word "court". The windowless execution chamber at the back contains a metal bed on which the prisoner is strapped down. A police officer presses a button and an automatic syringe plunges a lethal drug into the prisoner's vein. The execution can be watched on a video monitor next to the driver's seat and be recorded if required.

China's legal system executes an estimated 15,000 people per year and allows only one appeal. When appeals against the death penalty are rejected, the sentence is carried out immediately, sometimes within hours."

"A woman is taken away for execution after being sentenced to death in Beijing in 2001."

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