Gunmen went on a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich on Friday, killing many people, police said.
Authorities were evacuating people from the Olympia mall but many others were hiding inside.
A Munich police spokeswoman said multiple people were killed or wounded.
"We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage," the spokeswoman said.
More than one gunman was believed to be involved and no one had been arrested, she said.
NTV television reported that German police special forces had arrived at the scene.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, which took place a week after an ax-wielding teenager went on a rampage on a German train. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack. 👀 Rock54: Caution(BBR-MD5:1777ba470a0705a8ff6b3177e04ccfb6)
Employees still hiding out inside Munich shopping mall
Staff in the mall were still in hiding, an employee told Reuters by telephone.
"Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been a lot," the employee, who declined to be identified, said from the mall in Munich.
"All the people from outside came streaming into the store and I only saw one person on the ground who was so severely injured that he definitely didn't survive,"
"We have no further information, we're just staying in the back in the storage rooms. No police have approached us yet."
Munich transport authorities said they had halted several bus, train and tram lines.
The shopping center is next to the Munich Olympic stadium, where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and eventually killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.
Friday's attack took place a week after a 17-year-old asylum-seeker wounded passengers on a German train in an ax rampage. Bavarian police shot dead the teenager after he wounded four people from Hong Kong on the train and injured a local resident while fleeing.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas told Bild newspaper's Friday edition before the mall attack that there was "no reason to panic but it's clear that Germany remains a possible target".
The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, on Bastille Day in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds, killing 84. Islamic State also claimed responsibility for that attack.
There was, however, no immediate word that the attack was politically motivated.
Friday is also the five-year anniversary of the massacre by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway. Breivik is a hero for far-right extremists in Europe and America.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal, Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Angus MacSwan)
Japan knife attack: 19 killed at care centre in Sagamihara
Nineteen people have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in Japan, officials say.
The attack in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, happened in the early hours of Tuesday. Another 26 people were injured, 20 seriously.
It is is the worst mass killing in Japan since the end of World War Two.
Police arrested a man who allegedly admitted to the killings at a nearby police station shortly afterwards.
The 26-year-old former employee of the care facility, named in local media as Satoshi Uematsu, is reported to have told police he wanted disabled people to disappear.
The Tsukui Yamayuri Garden facility, where the attack happened, is a care centre set on extensive grounds with separate living quarters for men and women. It had about 160 residents at the time of the attack, according to local officials.
Reports say the attacker entered the facility at about 02:30 local time (17:30 GMT) and began stabbing people inside. Eight staff members were on duty at the time at the centre.
Television footage on Japanese channels showed many ambulances and police officers lined up outside the facility.
Mass killings are rare in Japan, which has extremely strict gun control laws. In 2008, a man drove a truck into a packed shopping district at Akihabara in Tokyo, before climbing out and randomly stabbing people. Seven people died.
The attack occurred on the same date that a man with a history of mental illness stabbed eight children to death at an Osaka primary school in 2001.
Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:08am EDT Related: World Elderly priest killed in French church, attack claimed by Islamic State
Assailants linked to Islamic State slit the throat of an elderly priest and took several worshippers hostage in a French church on Tuesday before police shot the attackers dead.
It was the latest in a wave of attacks in Europe inspired by the Islamist militant group based in Iraq and Syria that is on the defensive against a U.S.-led military coalition in which France is a major partner.
Police said the knifemen entered the church during morning mass near the northern city of Rouen, west of Paris, killing Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old parish priest, and taking four other people hostage, one of whom was seriously wounded.
Police shot the attackers dead as they emerged from the church with their hostages.
Speaking at the scene of the attack in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, President Francois Hollande said Islamic State had declared war on France and the state should "use all its means" within the law to fight the militant group, against which France has launched air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
The president called it a "dreadful terrorist attack" and told reporters the attackers had pledge allegiance to IS. The IS news agency Amaq said two of its "soldiers" were involved.
"The threat remains very high," Hollande said.
The attack was the latest in a string of deadly assaults including the mass killing in Nice, southern France, on Bastille Day 12 days ago and four incidents in Germany, most recently a suicide bombing at a concert in Ansbach on Sunday.
IS has called for its supporters to take action with any available weapons targeting countries that it has been fighting.
The investigation was handed to the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris prosecutor's office.
Several French media reported that one of the knifemen was a local man who had spent a year in jail on his return from Turkey after being intercepted trying to travel to Syria, but had been freed on bail with an electronic tag pending trial for alleged terrorism offences.
The prosecutor's office said the identification of the two suspects was still under way and it was too early to jump to conclusions about a possible link.
Police said one person had been arrested in connection with the attack.
Knife attacker in Japan moved from jail to see prosecutors: NHK
A Japanese man accused of breaking into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo before stabbing and killing 19 patients was taken from a regional jail to see prosecutors on Wednesday, footage on public broadcaster NHK showed.
Satoshi Uematsu, the 26-year-old suspect and former employee of the facility, was sent from the town of Sagamihara, about 45 km (25 miles) southwest of Tokyo, to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office in Kanagawa prefecture.
Dozens of other residents were wounded in Tuesday's early-morning attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility for the disabled in Sagamihara.
Uematsu, who gave himself up to police after Japan's worst mass killing in decades, said in letters he wrote in February that he could "obliterate 470 disabled people", Kyodo news agency reported.
Hinkley Point: What is it and why is it important?
Investment in the UK's first new nuclear plant in decades, Hinkley Point in Somerset, is set to get final approval later on Thursday.
French utility EDF, which is financing most of the £18bn project, is holding a board meeting at which it is expected to approve the investment.
The new plant will be known as Hinkley Point C and will be built next to two existing facilities, Hinkley Point A and B. But how did the project get to this point and what is at stake here?
Why is Hinkley Point C being built?
Companies and governments want Hinkley Point C (HPC) to be built.
For the UK, it will deliver 7% of our electricity when most other nuclear power stations will have closed down.
The low-carbon electricity will help towards our climate goals. The huge project will provide an economic stimulus. And the funding arrangements mean the cost will not end up on the government's books.
Donald Trump Hopes to Turn Scranton, Pa., From Blue to Red GOP nominee stumps in the longtime Democratic stronghold By Reid J. Epstein July 27, 2016 6:15 p.m. ET
SCRANTON, Pa.?Few parts of the country are more illustrative of Donald Trump’s attempt to redraw the Electoral College map than Pennsylvania, and no part of the state is more important to the Republican’s chances than Scranton.
Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks
Recent attacks in Germany involving asylum-seekers would not change its willingness to take in refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.
She said the attackers "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need. We firmly reject this".
But she did propose new measures to improve security.
These include information sharing, deciphering web chatter and tackling arms sales on the internet.
What is going on in Germany?
Ansbach attacker: From asylum seeker to IS suicide bomber
What drives individuals to commit mass killings?
>>71 Two recent attacks in Bavaria were both by asylum seekers. A suicide bomb attack in Ansbach on Sunday that injured 15 people was carried out by a Syrian who had been denied asylum but given temporary leave to stay.
An axe and knife attack on a train in Wuerzburg on 18 July that wounded five people was carried out by an asylum seeker from Afghanistan.
Both men had claimed allegiance to so-called Islamic State.
The deadliest recent attack - in Munich on 22 July which left nine dead - was carried out by a German teenager of Iranian extraction but was not jihadist-related.
Mrs Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to hold the news conference in Berlin, said the asylum seekers who had carried out the attacks had "shamed the country that welcomed them".
But she insisted that those fleeing persecution and war had a right to be protected, and Germany would "stick to our principles" in giving shelter to the deserving.
Referring to the attacks that have taken place in France, Belgium, Turkey, the US and elsewhere, she said "taboos of civilisation" had been broken, and they were intended to "spread fear and hatred between cultures and between religions".
But in reference to her famous phrase "Wir schaffen das" or "We can do this" - uttered last year when she agreed to take in a million migrants - Mrs Merkel said: "I am still convinced today that "we can do it".
"It is our historic duty and this is a historic challenge in times of globalisation. We have already achieved very, very much in the last 11 months".
>>73 Mrs Merkel said that "besides organised terrorist attacks, there will be new threats from perpetrators not known to security personnel".
To counter this, she said: "We need an early alert system so that authorities can see during the asylum request proceedings where there are problems."
Mrs Merkel added: "We will take the necessary measures and ensure security for our citizens. We will take the challenge of integration very seriously."
A week of bloody attacks has frayed nerves in Germany, which led the way in accepting asylum seekers from Syria. To date, two of the attacks have been linked to a militant group:
・18 July: An axe-wielding teenage asylum seeker from Afghanistan is shot dead after injuring five people in an attack on a train. IS claims the attack, releasing a video recorded by the attacker before the incident
・22 July: A German teenager of Iranian extraction goes on a shooting rampage in the Bavarian state capital, Munich, killing nine people, most of them migrants, before shooting himself. He is said to have been obsessed with school shootings
・24 July: A Syrian asylum seeker is arrested in the town of Reutlingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, after allegedly killing a Polish woman with a machete and injuring two other people. Police suggest it was probably a "crime of passion"
・24 July: A failed Syrian asylum seeker blows himself up outside a music festival in the small Bavarian town of Ansbach, injuring 15 other people.
Clearing Germany's migrant backlog By Chris Bowlby BBC News, Bonn
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended her policies on refugees, in the wake of recent terror attacks. As tensions grow, the government is still trying to deal with the large number of migrants who took advantage of Germany's open borders last year.
There were endless corridors where officials bustled through with files, offices with computers, microscopes and fingerprint-readers.
I saw signs for medical centres and canteens - some places freshly painted, others still being renovated.
Security staff were watchful, translators wrestled with all kinds of languages.
In individual rooms, intense conversations were under way between officials and families about life stories and dramatic journeys.
Anxious children looked up from parental laps, some playing with toys, others restless in stuffy waiting rooms.
Waiting is the key to this place.
For this is a new centre designed to end the long wait for hundreds of thousands of people who came to Germany last year as migrants - and who do not yet know whether they will be allowed to stay.
>>91 "Welcome culture" was the phrase used as Germany suddenly opened its borders.
Since then, the flow of migrants into Germany has hugely decreased as borders have closed and agreements such as the EU's deal with Turkey have kept many would-be migrants well away from Germany.
But the legacy of last year's mass arrivals is still very tricky for Germany - and even more so given recent violent incidents, some of which have been linked to recent migrants.
I was given special access to a new centre designed to show how Germany is responding to the crisis.
In the city of Bonn, it is a centre for processing asylum applications - one of more than 20 planned to deal with a huge backlog.
"We are pretty certain that by the end of the year everybody who came last year will have their application decided, " I was told by Katrin Hirseland, from the Federal Ministry for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).
How many applications will have to be dealt with? "It will be somewhere between 800,000 and 1,000,000."
This presents a huge challenge for the government. How will it be done? In Bonn, the ministry has taken over the Ermekeilkaserne - once an army barracks.
The difference was only evident from middle-age onwards, suggesting that our brains may be particularly vulnerable during this period of ageing.
However there was no difference in how the groups fared in tests of knowledge and understanding, so the researchers say more work is needed to follow people and see who develops conditions such as dementia.
Dr Lisa Ronan, from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, who led the study, said it was not clear if obesity affected the brain, or vice versa.
She told the BBC: "Obesity is so complex. We know an awful lot about what it does to the body.
"But what it does to the brain and how it interacts with obesity - we're at the beginning of understanding that."
Prof Sadal Farooqi, from the Wellcome Trust Medical Research Council Institute of Metabolic Science at Cambridge University, who also worked on the study, said the work suggested the middle-aged brain could be particularly vulnerable.
"It will also be important to find out whether these changes could be reversible with weight loss, which may well be the case.
"This must be a starting point for us to explore in more depth the effects of weight, diet and exercise on the brain and memory."
World | Thu Aug 4, 2016 3:35pm EDT Related: U.S., World U.S. woman killed in London was wife of Florida State professor
An American woman killed in a knife attack in London on Wednesday night was the wife of an eminent psychology professor at Florida State University (FSU), the university said in a statement on Thursday.
Richard Wagner, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and his wife were in London where he taught in the summer session at FSU's London Study Program, it said. Police in London have said she was in her 60s.
FSU did not name Wagner's wife, but Florida Governor Rick Scott identified her in a tweet as Darlene Horton and said that he and his wife were praying for her family and loved ones.
Horton died at the scene and five people were injured when a 19-year-old man with suspected mental health problems went on a rampage with a knife in central London's Russell Square. Police have said there was no evidence the attack was terrorism related.
"There are no words to express our heartache over this terrible tragedy, " FSU President John Thrasher said in the statement.
FSU said its students had already left the program for the summer and that none were involved in the incident. James Pitts, director of FSU International Programs, said in the statement the couple had planned to return to Tallahassee on Thursday.
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A U.S. woman was killed and five other people injured by a man with suspected mental health issues who went on a rampage with a knife in central London.
Armed police were called late on Wednesday evening after a 19-year-old Norwegian man of Somali origin began attacking people in London's Russell Square, a park near the site of a 2005 suicide bombing. Police said there was no evidence the attack was terrorism related.
The victim was identified as Darlene Horton, a woman in her 60s who was the wife of a U.S. psychology professor. She was treated at the scene but pronounced dead a short time later.
A British man who was stabbed in the stomach remains in hospital in serious but stable condition, police said. Four others - an American man, a man and a woman from Australia, and an Israeli woman - suffered stab wounds but have been released from hospital.
Atop the chipped blue metal table sat two 9 mm pistols and small plastic packets of cocaine and marijuana. Two young men slouched in white plastic chairs, while a third held a rifle in a corner 10 meters away.
It was midday this week, not far from a main road in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro's most developed and supposedly "pacified" slum that straddles a mountain and sits right between the main Barra and Copacabana Olympic zones.
A uniformed police officer stood just 150 meters away, up a sinuous, narrow asphalted lane.
How long had the gang members returned to openly carrying weapons in Rocinha, where 3,000 police and armored personnel carriers in late 2011 invaded to drive out traffickers?
The fate of Russian athletes, after accusations of widespread doping, has grabbed the headlines in the run up to the 2016 Olympics. But how long has this been an issue for? Historian David Clay Large explains that doping may go back further than we expect, even if the methods were slightly less sophisticated.
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The 302ft-long (92-metre) Airlander 10 - part plane, part helicopter, part airship - loomed overhead at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire as the sun started to set on Wednesday evening.
Photographers and plane spotters baked in the sun as they waited to see the aircraft, whose bulbous exterior has earned it the less-than-glamorous nickname "the flying bum", take off.
Crowds clapped and cheered as the craft soared above them during its first outing from the First World War hangar where it was revealed in March after undergoing "hundreds" of changes by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) over two years.
The first Night Tubes will roll on to London Underground platforms past midnight on Friday - almost three years since the plan was first announced.
Trains will run on the Victoria and Central lines on Fridays and Saturdays.
The plan was announced in November 2013 and intended to begin in September 2015, but strikes over pay delayed the start by nearly another year.
Transport for London said there was a "huge demand" as passenger numbers on weekends had soared by 70% since 2000.
Night Tube services are expected to add £6.4bn to the London economy by 2030, creating 500,000 jobs, TfL said.
Trains will run every 10 minutes on the full Victoria line and on the Central line between White City and Leytonstone. They will run approximately every 20 minutes between Ealing Broadway and White City and between Leytonstone and Loughton/Hainault.
Behind the scenes at Washington’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening Sept. 24
International prosecutors say Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk missile that had come from Russia.
They also narrowed down the area it was fired from to a field in territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels.
All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Russia says it cannot accept the findings as the final truth, saying no Russian weapons were taken to Ukraine.
"Based on the criminal investigation, we have concluded that flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile of the series 9M83 that came from the territory of the Russian Federation," chief Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen told a news conference on Wednesday.
Shimon Peres funeral: World leaders gather in Israel
Other world dignitaries who are attending include: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister, Australia Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada Nicos Anastasiades, President, Cyprus Bohuslav Sobotka, Prime Minister, Czech Republic Kristian Jensen, Foreign Minister, Denmark Taavi Roivas, Prime Minister, Estonia Donald Tusk, President, European Council Juha Sipila, Prime Minister, Finland Francois Holland, President, France Joachim Gauck, President, Germany Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister, Italy Gen Nakatani, former Defence Minister, Japan Jawad Anani, senior minister, Jordan Raimonds Vejonis, President, Latvia Dalia Grybauskaite, President, Lithuania Enrique Pena Nieto, President, Mexico Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General, Nato Mark Rutte, Prime Minister, the Netherlands Borge Brende, Foreign Minister, Norway Andrzej Duda, President, Poland Klaus Iohannis, President, Romania Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house of parliament, Russia King Felipe VI, Spain Stefan Lofven , Prime Minister, Sweden Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
Who was Shimon Peres? Born in 1923 in Wisniew, Poland, now Vishnyeva, Belarus First elected to the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in 1959 Served in 12 governments, including once as president and twice as prime minister Seen as a hawk in his early years, when he negotiated arms deals for the fledgling nation In 1996 he ordered the so-called Operation Grapes of Wrath operation against Beirut in retaliation for Lebanese Hezbollah's escalated rocket fire on northern Israel. The bombing campaign killed and injured hundreds of civilians A member of the government that approved the building of Jewish settlements on occupied territory, but came to view their future as negotiable Played a key part in reaching the Oslo peace accords, the first deal between Israel and the Palestinians, which said they would "strive to live in peaceful coexistence"
The UK will begin the formal Brexit negotiation process by the end of March 2017, PM Theresa May has said.
The timing on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty means the UK looks set to leave the EU by summer 2019.
Mrs May told the Tory Party conference - her first as prime minister - the government would strike a deal with the EU as an "independent, sovereign" UK.
Voters had given their verdict "with emphatic clarity", she said, and ministers had to "get on with the job".
In a speech on the first day of the conference in Birmingham, she also gave details of a Great Repeal Bill which she said would end EU law's primacy in the UK.
She attacked those who "have still not accepted the result of the referendum", adding: "It is up to the government not to question, quibble or backslide on what we have been instructed to do, but to get on with the job."
The body destroying its own cells may not sound like a good thing. But autophagy is a natural defence that our bodies use to survive.
It allows the body to cope with starvation and fight off invading bacteria and viruses, for example.
And it clears away old junk to make way for new cells.
Failure of autophagy is linked with many diseases of old age, including dementia.
Research is now ongoing to develop drugs that can target autophagy in various diseases, including cancer.
The concept of autophagy has been known for over 50 years, but it wasn't until Dr Ohsumi began studying and experimenting with baker's yeast in the 80s and 90s that the breakthrough in understanding was made.
>>149 Dr Ohsumi is reported to be surprised about receiving his Nobel Prize, but "extremely honoured".
Speaking with the Japanese broadcaster NHK he said that the human body "is always repeating the auto-decomposition process, or cannibalism, and there is a fine balance between formation and decomposition. That's what life is about."
Prof David Rubinsztein, an expert in autophagy at the University of Cambridge, said he was delighted that Dr Ohsumi's vital work had been recognised and rewarded.
"His pioneering work in yeast led to the discovery of the key genes and fundamental biochemical processes that are required for autophagy.
>>150 "As autophagy is well conserved from yeast to man, his laboratory's discoveries have also provided the critical tools to many labs to enable the appreciation of the important roles of autophagy in diverse physiological and disease processes.
"These include infectious diseases, cancers, and various neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntington's disease and forms of Parkinson's disease. Indeed, autophagy manipulation may provide a key strategy for treating some of these conditions."
More than 270 scientists were nominated for the prize, which was awarded at Sweden's Karolinska Institute and comes with eight million Swedish kronor (around £728,000 or$936,000 or 834,000 euros) for the winner.
The winners of the physics, chemistry and peace prizes are to be announced later this week.
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Marmite is famously, or notoriously, binary. It's something you either love or hate. So it's appropriate that it has become the poster product for the effect of the highly divisive and binary Brexit vote.
For one day, anyway. Almost as if it were choreographed by clever PR people, Marmite, Pot Noodles, PG Tips and numerous well-known household soap brands were removed from online sale by Tesco for 24 hours of impasse with its biggest supplier, Unilever.
A day on, they kissed and made up, in a corporate way. The message to consumers was clear: prices are going up. This is not just about Unilever and not just about Tesco. Importing suppliers, for which Unilever is the biggest and most powerful for Fast-Moving Consumer Products, have to raise prices when their products hit the shores of the sterlingzone.
The question raised by the Great Marmite Famine Day is how much of that is absorbed by the importer, how much by the retailer, and how much by the consumer.
The answer will be, in most cases, a bit of all three. It depends on negotiating power, negotiation tactics and who has most room for manoeuvre.
Customers are willing to manoeuvre themselves towards other retailers to an increasing extent. In a tough price war, the big retailers have had their margins squeezed tight. So it is the manufacturers and suppliers who may finding themselves having to give up most.
Japanese girl band cause outrage by dressing in NAZI-style outfits
A Japanese girlband has caused outrage after their outfits for a Halloween concert were compared to Nazi uniform.
The group, Keyakizaka46, performed on Saturday at Yokohama arena in Japan wearing military-style black capes with wide collars. They also wore peaked hats featuring a bird symbol akin to the formal Nazi symbol of an eagle atop a swastika.
While video footage shows fans screaming in adoration of the band - whose young members range between 15 and 21 years old - others have taken to social media to share their disapproval of the girls' choice of attire.
New pound coin: Firms told to prepare for redesign
31 October 2016
Businesses should get ready now for the introduction of the new 12-sided pound coin, the Treasury has said.
A new website is urging firms to adapt their equipment and train their staff in preparation for the arrival of the new coin in March 2017.
All machines accepting cash, whether it's in exchange for a rail ticket or a chocolate bar, will have to be updated.
But for a six-month transitional period businesses will need to find ways to accept both the old and new coins.
After that the existing round pound coin will be phased out.
The website, hosted by the Royal Mint, suggests that businesses should check before March whether any of their cash handling equipment needs updating, and make sure machines that take payment in coins can handle both the old and the new versions.
They should also consider training their staff "on the features of the new £1 coin", it says.
The new coin is being introduced because approximately one in 30 pound coins currently in circulation is a fake, according to the Royal Mint and the new coins are designed to be harder to counterfeit.
"The new £1 coin will be the most secure of its kind in the world and its cutting-edge features will present a significant barrier to counterfeiters, reducing the cost to businesses and the taxpayer," said David Gauke, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.