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Man fatally shoots himself in front of White House

A man fatally shot himself on the crowded pedestrian avenue directly in front of the White House on Saturday, officials said.

The Secret Service said a white male approached the fence north of the White House at about 11.46am (12.46am on Sunday, Singapore time), “removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House.”

The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of his kin, the Secret Service said in a statement.

While as many as 100 people – mostly tourists – were on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House at the time, no one else was reported hurt, the Secret Service said. Police and medical personnel quickly swarmed the area, and the White House was placed on lockdown.


Top Bangladesh sci-fi writer Zafar Iqbal stabbed in head at seminar

One of Bangladesh's top writers was stabbed in the back of the head during a seminar in the northern city of Sylhet on Saturday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on authors and bloggers.

Police said Zafar Iqbal, a celebrated secular activist and bestselling science fiction writer, was rushed to hospital in Sylhet after the attack.

"He was hit on the back of his head and he was bleeding," a police constable posted at the hospital told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.


Student who killed parents at US university in custody

A university student who fatally shot his parents on his school campus in the US state of Michigan was arrested without incident after an hours-long manhunt, officials said early on Saturday.

The episode had put the Central Michigan University campus into lockdown Friday morning - trapping students in classrooms and dormitories until mid-afternoon - while police conducted an expansive search for the 19-year-old suspected gunman.

James Eric Davis, described as a university student, was turned in by "an individual on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight", university officials said. Officers arrested him without incident.


Football: Liverpool up to second, Son rises as Spurs cruise

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane fired Liverpool into second place in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory against Newcastle, while Tottenham cemented their top four berth as Son Heung-Min inspired a 2-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday.

Salah struck in the 40th minute at Anfield to maintain his superb form in his first season with Liverpool following his move from Roma.

The Egypt winger took Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass and shot low under Martin Dubravka for his 32nd goal of the season and his eighth in his last seven appearances.


Chef Wolfgang Puck readies caviar, gold dust for Oscars feast

Over 130kg of Miyazaki Wagyu beef will be sliced, 1,500 quail eggs cracked and some 1,400 champagne corks popped as Hollywood's stars dine on chef Wolfgang Puck's recipes after the Oscars are handed out on Sunday  in Los Angeles.

Puck, the celebrity chef in his 24th year preparing the post-Academy Awards feast, on Thursday unveiled his menu for the annual Governor's Ball that will serve up 13.6kg of edible gold dust to 1,500 guests of A-listers and Oscar winners.

Diners will be treated to more than 50 dishes, including small-plate entrees such as mini pea and carrot ravioli with black truffle, a raw bar featuring caviar parfait with 24-carat gold, and cocktail-inspired macarons like negroni and mojito.