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An airport CCTV screen image shows a man on the ground after the incident at Orly Sud terminal, March 18, 2017.
An airport CCTV screen image shows a man on the ground after the incident at Orly Sud terminal, March 18, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

Paris airport attacker said he was ‘ready to die for Allah’

A man shot dead by French soldiers at Paris Orly airport shouted he was there to “die for Allah” and tried to seize a soldier’s assault rifle, apparently intending to open fire on passengers, a prosecutor said.

The latest in a series of attacks in France forced the evacuation of France’s second-busiest airport and thrust security back to the forefront of France’s presidential election campaign.

The attacker, named as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, arrived at Orly airport on Saturday morning, threw down a bag containing a can of petrol and seized hold of a woman air force member who was part of a military patrol at the airport, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

Using the servicewoman as a shield, he put his air pistol to her head and shouted at other soldiers with her: “Put down your guns. Put your hands on your head. I am here to die for Allah. In any case, there will be deaths.”


Man arrested over strobe-light tweet that caused reporter's seizure

A Maryland man has been arrested on federal charges that he intentionally used an animated tweet to trigger an epileptic seizure in a Newsweek reporter who had been critical of President Donald Trump.

The reporter, Kurt Eichenwald, was at his home office in Dallas on Dec 15 when he clicked on a Twitter message sent to him by a man using the pseudonym "@jew-goldstein."

A blinding strobe light began flashing on his screen, sending Eichenwald - who has openly discussed his epilepsy - into a seizure. His wife found him on the floor.


Britain's William and Kate praise Paris attacks survivors

Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate on Saturday (March 18) told injured survivors of the 2015 Paris terror attacks they admired their courage, on the second day of a visit to France.

The couple met the survivors at the Invalides military hospital in Paris before viewing world-renowned Impressionist artworks by Claude Monet and Edgar Degas at the Musee d'Orsay.

They also watched France play Wales in a Six Nations rugby match at the Stade de France later in the day as the royal couple wrapped up their first official visit to the city where William's mother Diana died in a car crash 20 years ago.


Football: Wenger reveals he’s decided on Arsenal future

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had made a decision about his future following his side’s dispiriting 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

Wenger, Arsenal’s manager since 1996, has come under heavy pressure since his team’s 10-2 Champions League thrashing by Bayern Munich and fans made renewed calls for him to step down at The Hawthorns.

“I know what I’ll do in my future, so you will know very soon,” he told reporters after the game.


Tennis: Federer, Wawrinka to meet in all-Swiss Indian Wells final

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka set up an all-Swiss final at the Indian Wells Masters with straight-sets semi-final victories.

Federer, who won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, subdued 17th-seeded American Jack Sock 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) to earn a crack at a record-equalling fifth Indian Wells title.

US Open champion Wawrinka, past the quarter-finals in the California desert for the first time, knocked out Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2.