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Police manhunt photos show Syrian terror suspect Jaber Albakr, who committed suicide in a detention centre on Oct 12, 2016.
Police manhunt photos show Syrian terror suspect Jaber Albakr, who committed suicide in a detention centre on Oct 12, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

Syrian bomb plotter commits suicide in German police custody

A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention centre in Leipzig, the Justice Ministry for the state of Saxony said.

Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, 22, who arrived in Germany last year, was close to staging an attack comparable to those that killed 130 people in Paris last November and 32 in Belgium in March.

Spiegel Online reported that Albakr had been under round-the-clock surveillance in police custody in Leipzig due to an acute risk of suicide and hunger strike.

It was not yet clear how he had killed himself, Spiegel said. German news agency DPA reported that Albakr had hung himself in his cell.


FBI investigates 'intentional' plane crash in heart of US town

The FBI is investigating the "intentional" crash of a small plane in Connecticut that killed a Jordanian student and injured an American flight instructor, officials and US media said.

The plane exploded in a fire ball in East Hartford, about 192km north-east of New York.

The flight instructor, who survived the crash, told investigators it was not an accident, The New York Times reported.


Samsung sends fireproof packaging and gloves for Note 7 returns

Samsung Electronics said it was sending fireproof packaging and gloves to customers who bought the Galaxy Note 7 phone on its website, so they could safely return the devices after a recall and reports that some replacement phones went up in flames.

The company, which permanently halted production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Tuesday, said it was also scheduling appointments with Note 7 users to pick-up the affected device.

A YouTube video by Android developer news site XDA Developers, which said it received a "return kit" and instructions from Samsung, showed a fireproof box  and gloves to handle the device.


Janet Jackson confirms she is expecting first child at age 50


Pop superstar Janet Jackson has confirmed that she is pregnant with her first child at age 50 – and has the baby bump to prove it.

People magazine published a portrait of the star, her face beaming as she stood on a beach, with an unmistakably protruding belly.

“We thank God for our blessing,” she told the magazine.


Film-makers fined $2.7 million over Harrison Ford Star Wars broken leg

A film production company was fined £1.6 million (S$2.7 million) over an accident on the set of the latest Star Wars movie in which the actor Harrison Ford broke his leg.

Prosecutors said Ford, then 71, was pinned to the ground by a metal hydraulic door after it broke during filming of the blockbuster film at Pinewood Studios west of London in June 2014.

It acted like a "blunt guillotine", coming down "millimetres from his face" as the actor passed underneath, pinning him by the pelvis to the ground, prosecutor Andrew Marshall told the court, adding that the door was "capable of killing one or possibly two people".