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Washington, Jan 7:  At least five persons were killed after a gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday, officials said.

The gunman has been taken into custody. The motive for the attack is yet to be known, according to law enforcement officials, CNBC reported.

Meanwhile, soon after the attack, all flights were landed safely and additional areas of the airport were being evacuated.

The Broward County sheriff’s office tweeted that there were unconfirmed reports of additional shots fired on airport property and it was conducting an active search.

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence tweeted about the situation.

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People stand on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a shooter opened fire inside the terminal, killing several people and wounding others before being taken into custody, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Trump tweeted: “Monitoring the terrible situation in Florida. Just spoke to Governor Scott. Thoughts and prayers for all. Stay safe!”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our first responders in Fort Lauderdale, FL,” Pence wrote on Twitter.

In a news conference, the law enforcement officials stated that the situation was “fluid and active”. They confirmed the shooter was unharmed and in custody. Law enforcement did not fire any shots, officials said.

The Transportation Security Administration warned people at the Fort Lauderdale Airport to shelter in place and described it as an active shooter situation.US ShootingThe airport tweeted the shooting, in which five persons lost lives, took place at the Terminal 2 baggage claim area in the lower level. It said the airport would be closed for an extended period of time.

Hundreds of passengers and airport workers could be seen gathering and evacuating via the tarmac.

The airport has four terminals and serves more than 73,000 travellers every day. It ranks 21st in the US in total passenger traffic, with more than 650 commercial flights a day.

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Ivanka, husband sued over financial disclosure

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Washington, Dec 18: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have been hit with a lawsuit alleging illegal omissions on their public financial disclosure forms.

The couple, both serving as advisers in the White House, are facing a lawsuit from lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky, who claimed they both didn’t include assets from 30 investment funds they were a part of, Politico magazine reported.

The lawyer also alleged Ivanka Trump and her husband didn’t identify the income they received from two other investment groups.

Lovitky stated that for several investment funds, Kushner did not list the assets because of a “pre-existing confidentiality agreement”.

“The (Ethics in Government Act) does not allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the underlying assets of an investment vehicle on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement”, the lawsuit read.

“Nor does the EIGA allow a reporting individual to refuse to disclose the amount of income derived from any underlying asset of an investment vehicle on the basis that such disclosure would violate a pre-existing confidentiality agreement,” it said.

Kushner has amended his financial disclosure form multiple times since it was filed in March, revealing dozens of assets that were initially left off the form. He has said the assets were “inadvertently omitted.”

Kushner and Ivanka Trump were also fined for submitting late filings.

Lovitky had also sued President Trump over his financial disclosure form alleging that he failed to show how responsible he was for debts he listed on a form filed during the 2016 campaign.

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Abbas hails Qatar’s opposition to US Jerusalem decision

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Doha, Dec 18 : Visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas praised on Sunday Qatar’s rejection to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Abbas made the remarks at his meeting with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, during which the Qatari leader stressed his country’s firm stance of supporting the Palestinian cause and rights.

According to Xinhua, the emir lauded the progress that Palestinians have achieved to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the resolutions of international legitimacy and the two-state solution backed by the international community.

Qatar has close ties with the US, which has its largest military base in the Middle East in Doha for launching anti-terror attacks.

Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal capital in 1980.

But the Palestinians insist that East Jerusalem should be the capital of their future independent state.

On December 6, Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, tossing aside 70 years of US neutrality on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

Under the previous Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, the status of Jerusalem should be determined through the final-status talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Egypt prepares UN resolution against US decision on Jerusalem

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Cairo, Dec 18 : Egypt’s Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal said on Sunday that Egypt is preparing a UN resolution against the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Speaking during a parliament session, Abdel-Aal said Egypt has begun contacting all Arab leaders and a number of foreign officials for the resolution. Xinhua news agency reported.

Abdel-Aal stressed that Jerusalem will remain an Arab city, reiterating Egypt’s rejection of the US decision to recognise the holy city as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

All Egyptian parliament members appeared at the session wearing a sash with “Jerusalem is Arab” written on it.

Abdel-Aal added that Egypt’s representative to the United Nations Security Council had called for holding an emergency session to get the US administration to withdraw its decision.

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.

Trump’s declaration sparked widespread criticism and opposition from Arab and Muslim countries.

Jerusalem lies at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

While Israel took over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, it has not been recognised by the international community.

The Palestinians insist that they should establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the final settlement.

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