Police in the French capital, Paris, have shot and injured an attacker near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Passers-by were advised on Tuesday to stay away from the church after reports emerged of an attack by a hammer-wielding man on police officers. Paris prosecutor's office said it had launched a counter-terrorism investigation.
Witnesses said large numbers of police cars were present at the scene of the alleged attack on the island in the River Seine in the center of Paris.
South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7 per cent between January and March.
Police in the US state of Florida have said there have been "multiple fatalities" in a shooting in Orlando.The shooting happened early on Monday morning in the east of the city, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reports.