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President Hollande was giving a speech when he heard the shot.YOUTUBE

French police sharpshooter accidentally wounds two during president’s speech

A police sharpshooter accidentally wounded two people as French President Francois Hollande was giving a speech in the south-west of France, a police source said.

The shooter was on a roof about a 100m from a tent where Hollande was speaking.

During a change of position his gun fired accidentally, the source said.

A loud noise like a gunshot is heard on video footage of the president’s speech. “I hope there is nothing serious,” Hollande said, then looked to his left and said, “I don’t think so”.


Crowdfunding drive for Singaporean deported from Britain raises more than $80,000

A crowdfunding campaign for legal fees to help a Singaporean grandmother deported from Britain for breaching immigration rules had raised more than £46,000 (S$80,000) by Tuesday.

Irene Clennell, who first arrived in Britain in 1988 and is married to a British man, was deported to Singapore on Sunday despite a high-profile campaign for her to stay on compassionate grounds.

Her sister-in-law, Angela Clennell, set up the crowdfunding campaign, saying that her brother was seriously ill and Irene was his "sole caretaker".


Colon cancer rates rise among Gen X, millennials: Study

Colon and rectal cancer rates are rising sharply among young and middle-aged adults in the United States but doctors have yet to pinpoint why, researchers said

Generation X and millennials face anywhere from two to four times the risk of colon and rectal cancer as their baby boomer counterparts, a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found.

Experts say colon and rectal cancer can be inherited and also influenced by the high-fat, low-fibre diets that are common in the Western world.


ISIS militants being killed at level they cannot sustain, says British general

The US-led coalition effort against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is killing the group's fighters more quickly than it can replace them, a senior British general said, with more than 45,000 killed by coalition air strikes up to August last year.

On Tuesday, US-backed Iraqi forces continued their offensive in Mosul, where several thousand ISIS militants, including many who travelled from Western countries to join up, are believed to be based.

"The enemy cannot sustain the attrition that they are suffering and therefore they lose terrain, they lose battles," said Major-General Rupert Jones, deputy commander for the Combined Joint Task Force coalition.


Formula One: Raikkonen fastest as Hamilton battles physical toll

Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen showed promising signs for Ferrari by outpacing a Lewis Hamilton bruised by Formula One’s more powerful cars for the 2017 season in Tuesday’s second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The greater speed afforded by radical rules changes showed when Raikkonen posted a best time of 1min 20.960sec for a lap at the Circuit de Catalunya circuit since 2013.

Even more encouragingly for Ferrari, Raikkonen’s time came on a slower soft tyre compound to the supersofts Hamilton used in posting his best effort of 1min 20.983sec.