ICYMI: Alligator vs watermelon, and butter statues

Alligator vs watermelon, statues made of butter and other stories you may have missed this week.

Sharks and rays to be given new international protections

An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year, many for shark fin soup.

Mallorca aircraft collide in mid-air, killing at least seven

Two of those killed when a helicopter and an ultralight plane collided were under 18.

LA police officer ‘fabricated’ claims he was shot

Angel Reinosa said he’d been hit in the shoulder by a sniper. But now authorities say he made it up.

LA police officer ‘fabricated’ claims he was shot

Angel Reinosa said he’d been hit in the shoulder by a sniper. But now authorities say he made it up.

Hong Kong police fire gun and use water cannon on protesters

Police fire a gun and deploy a water cannon to disperse crowds during a 12th week of protests.

LA policeman who said sniper shot him ‘made it up’

Deputy Angel Reinosa cut two bullet holes in his shirt and called in to say he was “taking shots”.

Algeria culture minister quits after concert stampede

Five young fans of popular French-based rapper Soolking were killed in a stadium in Algiers.

Rohingya crisis: Rallies mark two years of exile in Bangladesh

Two years after what the UN calls ethnic cleansing, refugees from Myanmar mark their “genocide day”.

Israel says it struck Iranian ‘killer drone’ sites in Syria

In a rare acknowledgement, PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Israeli forces targeted “killer drones”.