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Rowling promised the fan a signed copy of the book, "when I finally finish it".
Rowling promised the fan a signed copy of the book, "when I finally finish it".PHOTO: AFP

JK Rowling hints at next book title on Twitter and fan guesses it correctly

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has confirmed the title of her latest book - after a fan correctly guessed it on Twitter.

Rowling was asked via the social media app to give a hint as to what she would name the fourth novel in her Cormoran Strike crime series.

The British writer hinted that the title was two words made up of _ _ _ H _ _ / _ H _ _ _ and said she would confirm it if someone guessed the title correctly.

After many suggestions including Eighty Shoes, Mashed Chips, Mayhem Sheep and Mighty Thumb, someone correctly guessed Lethal White, said the BBC.


Man fined $1,000 for displaying threatening behaviour by taking out realistic replica gun

An unemployed man was fined $1,000 on Tuesday (March 14) for displaying threatening behaviour by taking out a realistic looking replica gun in public and cocking it.

Alarmed by Timothy Tan Zhiyu's behaviour, a passer-by informed the police.

As a result, about 50 police officers from different departments including Ang Mo Kio Police Division, the Criminal Investigation Department, the Special Tactics and Rescue team and the Special Operations Command were mobilised in an urgent operation.


Blaze at Israeli fireworks warehouse kills two

A fireworks warehouse in northern Israel went up in flames on Tuesday (March 14), killing two people, injuring at least two more and setting off a series of loud explosions, authorities said.

Firefighters worked to douse the large fire at the structure around Porat, a village near the coastal city of Netanya, while evacuating residents and preventing the blaze from spreading to nearby homes.

Police said two bodies were recovered from the warehouse and an investigation into the fire was continuing.


Snoop Dogg draws controversy with Trump shooting video

Rap great Snoop Dogg has drawn controversy for appearing to shoot US President Donald Trump in a new video that also takes aim at police brutality.

Snoop Dogg, an early figure in California gangsta rap who had mellowed in recent years, this week released a video for "Lavender" in which most actors are clowns.

One clown is unmistakably Trump, sporting bouffant hair and a red tie that dangles below the waist as he gesticulates wildly at the podium of "The Clown House." The clown - named Ronald Klump - puts his hands up as if under arrest as Snoop Dogg draws a pistol, with a flag popping out that says "Bang!"


Football: Lukaku says he will not sign new contract, in blow for Everton

Striker Romelu Lukaku has reportedly stunned Everton by telling the club he will not sign a new contract.

The 23-year-old's move is set to spark a summer transfer scramble, according to reports in the British media, which say Chelsea and Manchester United are readying bids for the Belgian international.

Lukaku met with club officials on Tuesday afternoon (March 14) and informed them of his decision, confirming he has no wish to extend his current deal which still has two years left to run from the end of this season, said the Daily Telegraph.