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Several dead at Florida high school after ex-student opens fire

A former student at a Florida high school opened fire in the school on Wednesday, causing “numerous fatalities” and wounding at least 14 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said.

The attack took place shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 72km north of Miami, sending hundreds of panicked students fleeing into the streets while dozens of police and emergency services personnel swarmed the area.

“There are numerous fatalities. It’s a horrific situation,”Broward Country Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told reporters. He said the school district had gotten no warning of a potential shooter and that there was no evidence of more than one shooter.

The gunman, about 18 years old, surrendered to police quietly, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Fourteen wounded people were transported to area hospitals, Israel told a press conference said. He added that police in tactical gear were still searching the school for victims.

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Three in custody after crashing car at US spy agency, says FBI

Three people who tried to drive onto the campus of the US National Security Agency near Washington, drawing gunfire from guards, were taken into custody on Wednesday in an incident the FBI said had no link to terrorism.

At least three people, including the driver, were injured.

The motorists, who were not identified, drove a black sport utility vehicle to a gate of the secretive government body in Fort Meade, Maryland. Armed guards fired on the vehicle after it violated NSA security rules, officials said.

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Jacob Zuma quits, ending scandal-plagued term as South African president

Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him towards an early exit after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders.

“I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” Zuma said.

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Remains of French schoolgirl who went missing from a wedding are found

French police have found the remains of an eight-year-old French schoolgirl who vanished from a wedding in the Alps last August in a case that gripped the country, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Chief suspect Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year-old former soldier, guided investigators to the site in the hills after a trace of her blood was found in his car.

Having spent months denying the crime, Lelandais admitted to having killed her “by mistake” and having hidden the body afterwards, prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat told reporters in the town of Grenoble.

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Football: Five-star Liverpool thrash Porto with Mane hat-trick

Sadio Mane grabbed a hat-trick and Mohamed Salah scored with a mesmerising piece of ball-juggling as Liverpool demolished Porto 5-0 away with an irresistible attacking display in their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday.

Roberto Firmino completed the scoring in the first leg tie to hand the Portuguese league leaders their heaviest-ever home defeat in European competition and virtually guarantee Liverpool a quarter-final place.

Salah's 29th-minute goal arguably upstaged Mane's treble as the Egyptian took his tally to 30 goals in all competitions this season.

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