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A doctor speaks on the phone inside a hospital where a gunman opened fire, injuring several people in New York City.
A doctor speaks on the phone inside a hospital where a gunman opened fire, injuring several people in New York City.PHOTO: REUTERS

Gunman kills doctor, wounds six others in Bronx hospital rampage

A former employee of a New York City hospital opened fire with an assault rifle inside the building on Friday (June 30), killing one doctor and wounding six other people before fatally shooting himself in a burst of violence that appeared to be workplace related, officials said.

The assailant, wearing a white, medical-style lab coat and armed with an assault rifle, stalked the 16th and 17th floors of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Centre, and apparently tried to set himself on fire at one point, they said.

Police who swarmed the building found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a search, they said.

One physician was shot to death in the course of the bloodshed, and six other people were injured, five seriously, including one who suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio characterised the shooting as an “isolated incident” that appeared to be “workplace-related.”


Donald Trump says determined response needed on North Korea, takes aim at Seoul on trade

US President Donald Trump called for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae In at which he emphasised the importance of their alliance but took aim at Seoul over trade and sharing the cost of defence.

Trump said the United States was renegotiating what he characterised as a “rough” trade deal with South Korea agreed five years ago by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and reiterated that an era of “strategic patience” over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes had ended.

“Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programmes of that regime required a determined response,” Trump said while standing alongside Moon in the White House Rose Garden.


Small plane crashes on California freeway; at least two hurt


A small plane crash-landed on a freeway in Orange County, California, critically injuring two people on board and snarling traffic on a major north-south artery through the area, authorities said.

The fiery crash was captured on cellphone video by a driver and broadcast on local KABC-TV. It showed the twin-engine Cessna 310 as it passed low over the northbound side of the San Diego (405) freeway in southern California before slamming into the ground on the southbound lanes.

The aircraft, which appeared to be rapidly losing power, is seen leveling out slightly before hitting the ground and bursting into flames about 300m from a runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.


Turkish dog steals hearts at classical concert

It’s that moment fans of classical music live for, an international orchestra playing a great masterpiece at full pelt. Until an unexpected guest star arrives. A stray, and rather loveable, dog.

A music-loving canine, with the casual air of an experienced performer, ambles across the stage and stops at the conductor’s podium during a performance at the remains of ancient Ephesus close to the Aegean city of Izmir.

A video of the concert this month has gone viral in Turkey, where the numerous stray cats and dogs across the country are usually treated with considerable respect and respect.


Adele hints at retirement from touring

English balladeer Adele, one of the top-selling artists of the 21st century, says she may retire from live performances as she winds up a massive tour.

The 29-year-old singer thanked fans in a message at London’s Wembley Arena, where she is playing four final shows on a 123-date global tour.

“Touring is a peculiar thing. It doesn’t suit me particularly well,” said a handwritten note included in the programme, which several fans posted on social media. “I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home.”