5 Dead in California Gun Rampage
At least five people are dead and several others injured after a gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, police say. The attack began at a house and ended on a college campus where police say they shot the gunman in the library.
Nelson Mandella Admitted To Hospital
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a “serious but stable condition”, a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria.
More Fines For Buskers On Metro
Thirty-two musicians were fined for busking illegally in the Brussels Metro during 2012. This is twice the number fined during 2011. The Brussels public transport company MIVB increased the number of spot checks on buskers after a rise in the number of complaints from passengers.
Missing Teacher Still Alive
The Belgian teacher Pierre Piccinin da Prata, who went missing in Syria in April, is alive, reports Le Soir. He had a brief conversation with his parents – who live in Gembloux, Walloon Brabant – on Thursday afternoon, the foreign affairs ministry has confirmed.
Nadal vs Ferrer in French Open Final
Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal has secured a place in this years final after a thrilling 5 set victory over world number 1 Novak Djokovic. He will face David Ferrer, who overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semi final