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Man killed himself in front of White House

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US Secret Service agents stand guard on the west side of the White House after a man shot himself in front of the White House, Washington DC, the United States, on March 3, 2018. Xinhua photo

WASHINGTON — A man fatally shot himself on the crowded pedestrian avenue directly in front of the White House on Saturday, officials said.

The man, who was not identified yet, was in a large crowd when he fired the gun himself, the Washington Post reported, citing witnesses.

The incident occurred just before noon, putting the White House on a lockdown while reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement.

“Adult male has been declared deceased,” the Washington, DC Police Department said on Twitter.

Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said the male suffered a single gunshot wound and that Secret Service personnel didn’t fire any shots.

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The Secret Service said a white male approached the fence north of the White House at about 11:46 am (1646 GMT), “removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House.”

One video posted on social media showed hundreds of people running away as sirens blared in the background and emergency vehicles sped toward the scene.

US President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time of the shooting. He is at West Palm Beach in the state of Florida and is expected to return to Washington DC Saturday evening.

“Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse,” the Secret Service tweeted.

“No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse,” said the Secret Service.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

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Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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