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Two bailiffs, suspect dead in US courthouse shooting

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A US inmate shot dead two bailiffs on Monday at a courthouse in the state of Michigan before responding officers returned fire and killed him, authorities said.

A deputy sheriff and a civilian were also shot and wounded in the shooting at the Berrien County courthouse in St. Joseph city, about 160 km from Chicago, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said at a press conference.

The shooting occurred at 2:25 p.m. on the third floor of the courthouse when the inmate being moved to the courthouse grabbed a gun from a law enforcement officer and opened fire, Xinhua reported.

The identity of the inmate was not released. But Bailey said that the inmate had been in custody for “several charges”.

The deputy sheriff was rushed to hospital for treatment and was in stable condition, he said.

An investigation was underway, Bailey said.

The shooting came amid tensions across the US following the killing of five police officers in Dallas, the state of Texas, last week by an army veteran upset about the fatal police shootings of two black men in the US states of Louisiana and Minnesota.

The police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota have ignited nationwide protests by African Americans against police brutality and racial discrimination.

 

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Rotten fruit causes Melbourne university evacuation

Durians are a prized fruit in Southeast Asia with a sweet and creamy flesh, but their smell can take some getting used to.

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Melbourne, April 29 : More than 500 students and teachers were evacuated from a university in Melbourne on Sunday as a result of a smell initially suspected to be gas.

But it turned out the “gas” that students smelt at a Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology library was a rotting durian found in a cupboard, reports the BBC.

The durian is a tropical fruit known for its strong, pungent smell.

Firefighters said the smell had moved through the building via the air conditioning system.

The building has now been reopened, Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade said.

Durians are a prized fruit in Southeast Asia with a sweet and creamy flesh, but their smell can take some getting used to.

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Australian Robert Doyle quits over sexual harassment allegations

The investigation was opened in December after Doyle was accused of sexual misconduct by Councilor Tessa Sullivan, who stepped down from her role over Doyle’s alleged behaviour.

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The Lord Mayor of Melbourne has announced his resignation after he was accused in 2017 of sexual harassment, his deputy said on Monday.

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Robert Doyle’s resignation was confirmed by Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood here, Efe news reported.

Doyle’s resignation comes after his lawyers advised last week that he was “suffering serious ill health” due to stress resulting from the claims.

“All parties involved in these circumstances are very distressed and my thoughts are with everyone involved,” Wood said.

“We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for Doyle, his wife Emma Page-Campbell, and his four children. We are very hopeful that he has a full and speedy recovery from his current ill health,” he added.

“Additional time was required to finalise the probe into the allegations made against him,” a statement by the City of Melbourne siad.

The investigation was opened in December after Doyle was accused of sexual misconduct by Councilor Tessa Sullivan, who stepped down from her role over Doyle’s alleged behaviour.

Doyle welcomed the investigation, calling the allegations “thoroughly abhorrent”, and said he would “cooperate fully to clear (his) name”.

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Austria’s Supreme Court allows same-sex marriage from 2019

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Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in Austria from 2019, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. It said the current law violates the principle of non-discrimination.

The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations, including Germany, France, Britain, and Spain. Austria’s constitutional court examined a 2009 law which allows registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but prevents them from getting married, at the request of two women who were rejected by two lower authorities, Reuters said.

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