Yoko Ono, 83, hospitalised
NEW YORK • Yoko Ono, the Japanese-born singer, artist and widow of John Lennon, was hospitalised on Friday in New York with flu-like symptoms, US media reported.
The 83-year-old went to the hospital on her doctor's recommendation, with what appeared to be "just an advanced case of the flu," her spokesman Elliot Mintz said, according to ABC News.
Protection order served on killer before shooting
KANSAS • The man suspected of killing three people at the Kansas lawnmower factory where he worked had been served a protection order 90 minutes before his shooting spree, which also wounded 14 people, the authorities said on Friday.
The suspect, identified as Cedric Ford, 38, was armed with a .223-caliber assault-style rifle and a pistol as he fired randomly at co-workers and others over about 30 minutes on Thursday.
Car bomb blast in southern Thailand
BANGKOK • A car bomb detonated outside an urban police station in Thailand's restive south yesterday, injuring at least seven people and offering a reminder of the region's simmering violence as the ruling junta eyes full peace talks with the insurgents.
The explosive, hidden inside a passenger car, was set off in the middle of the day in the capital of Pattani province, injuring at least six police officers and one civilian.
Pregnant women told not to attend Olympics
WASHINGTON • Pregnant women should consider not travelling to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil due to the risk of Zika virus infection, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
The CDC also said women considering becoming pregnant, and their male partners, should exercise caution if they travel to the Olympics or Paralympic Games, scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro in August and September.