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Part of Los Angeles International Airport was briefly closed after loud noises were heard that sounded like gunfire, possibly caused by a man dressed in a black Zorro outfit who was later detained by police. Passengers who fled in panic after hearing the noises slowly filtered back to the busy airport, as the departure and arrival areas of the central terminal that were closed for a police sweep were re-opened. "Report of shooting at LAX proven to be LOUD NOISES only," Los Angeles Police Department chief spokesman Andy Neiman wrote on Twitter.
Oil prices fell over 1 percent on Monday after the U.S. dollar jumped, with markets pressured as Iraq's production rose and as Iran said it would only cooperate in talks to freeze output if fellow exporters recognized its right to fully regain market share. Brent crude futures were trading at $49.22 per barrel at 0644 GMT, down 70 cents, or 1.4 percent, from their previous close. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 75 cents, or 1.6 percent, at $46.89 a barrel.
Reports of a bomb outside Belgium's criminal institute early Monday are probably false, the Brussels prosecutor's office said, adding that the incident is much more likely an arson attack on a crime lab. ...