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Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper, in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018.
Police respond to a shooting at the offices of the Capital Gazette, a daily newspaper, in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

At least 5 killed, several injured in Maryland newspaper shooting

A gunman fired through a glass door at a newspaper office in the Maryland capital of Annapolis and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire on Thursday (June 28), killing at least five people and injuring several others, authorities said. 

The suspect has been apprehended and no motive is known for the attack at the Capital Gazette office, local political leaders said, adding they believe he acted alone. 

A reporter for the newspaper described the scene in the newsroom as being “like a war zone,” with reporters hiding under their desks for safety. 

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Malls, hospital briefly evacuated in Russian World Cup city after bomb threats


Three shopping malls and a hospital were briefly evacuated in the Russian soccer World Cup host city of Samara on Thursday (June 28) after bomb threats were phoned in, police and local media said. 

The buildings re-opened within hours, but it was the second time in two days that such threats had disrupted a host city - police cleared bars and restaurants 1,300 km (800 miles) away in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday morning. 

Emergency crews checked all three malls with sniffer dogs, then let shoppers back in, local media reported. An officer at one of the buildings said police had checked the building after receiving a message about a bomb, but found nothing. 

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Australia wins landmark WTO ruling on plain tobacco packaging


Australia triumphed on Thursday (June 28) in a major trade dispute over its pioneering “plain” tobacco packaging law, with World Trade Organization (WTO) judges rejecting a complaint brought by Cuba, Indonesia, Honduras and Dominican Republic. 

The WTO panel said Australia’s law improved public health by reducing the use of tobacco products, rebuffing claims that alternative measures would be equally effective. It also rejected the argument that Australia had unjustifiably infringed tobacco trademarks and violated intellectual property rights. 

The dispute was seen as a test case for public health legislation globally, and could lead to tighter marketing rules for unhealthy foods and alcohol as well as tobacco. 

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Melania Trump makes second border visit to see migrant children


First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday (June 28) made a second visit to meet undocumented child migrants as the United States struggles to contain a border crisis and a week after her first was overshadowed by wearing a controversial jacket. 

“I want to thank you for all your hard work,” she told border and immigration officials at a Customs and Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Arizona. 

“I know how difficult and dangerous your daily jobs are,” the first lady added. “I am here to support you and help any way I can.”

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World Cup: Belgium beat England to win Group G, first win in 40 years for Tunisia

A superb second-half strike from Adnan Januzaj gave Belgium a 1-0 win over England on Thursday (June 28) to see them top World Cup Group G with a perfect record and consign England to second place, with both sides already assured of going through to the last 16.

Belgium now face Japan in Rostov-on-Don on Monday (July 2) while England play Colombia in Moscow on Tuesday (July 3) in the knockout phase. Victory in the next round would see Belgium play Brazil or Mexico with England up against Sweden or Switzerland.

Belgum and England rested several first-choice players on Thursday and, despite half-chances at either end, the fans wondered if their teams were willing to accept second spot for an arguably easier run-in by avoiding the more fancied teams.

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