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Closing ranks vs gun control

NATIONAL HARBOR, United States -- Florida college student Sarah Gibson renewed her National Rifle Association membership with a credit card swipe at a conservative conference Thursday, days after a deadly school shooting in her state triggered soul-searching about America’s gun…

IS terror survivor fears new ‘genocide’

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GENEVA -- Farida Abbas Khalaf, one of thousands of Yazidi women abducted, raped and brutalised by Islamic State group fighters, says the jihadists’ departure has not made it safe to return to Iraq. “Everything is still the same. The same…

Harassed

NEW YORK — In the wake of the Florida school shooting, survivors like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have become faces of the fight for US gun control — and targets for far-right pundits and conspiracy theorists who paint the…

Trump-led ‘politics of hate’ denounced

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LONDON -- The “politics of demonization” provided fertile ground for human rights abuses in 2017, exemplified by the response of Europe and Donald Trump’s US to the refugee-crisis, rights group Amnesty said Thursday in its annual report. The British-based group…

Diesel choking German cities

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LEIPZIG, Germany -- Judges are to rule Thursday on whether German cities can ban old diesel cars to reduce air pollution, with potentially dramatic consequences for a key industry and transport policy in Europe’s largest economy. Even if it finds…

Gun control

‘Shame on you!’ student tells Trump at Florida anti-gun rally FORT LAUDERDALE, United States -- A survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, as…

American horror story

POMPANO BEACH, United States -- US President Donald Trump on Friday visited a Florida hospital to offer comfort to those wounded in a mass school shooting, after the FBI admitted it mishandled a tip about the troubled teen behind the…

13 Russians indicted for US poll interference

WASHINGTON -- The US special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election on Friday indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, prompting claims of vindication from President Donald Trump. The indictment --…

Strong quake shakes Mexico, causing panic

MEXICO CITY -- A strong earthquake shook southern and central Mexico Friday, causing panic less than six months after two devastating quakes that killed hundreds of people. No buildings collapsed, according to early reports. But two towns near the epicenter,…

Brawling family of 23 removed from cruise ship

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SYDNEY -- Twenty-three members of the same family have been removed from a cruise ship near Sydney after a brawl that left several injured, reports said, just days after a separate incident forced another liner to return to port. Police…

Troubled youth

PARKLAND, United States — A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed…

Syrians brave IS mines to return home

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RAQA, Syria -- Mohammed Kuraji returned to Syria’s Raqa to prepare a homecoming but ended up organising a funeral. Stepping into his home, an unexploded mine detonated and killed his elderly father. “It was terrifying. The blast was so strong…

Valentine massacre

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PARKLAND, United States — Authorities in Florida could offer no explanation Wednesday night as to why a former student armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire at a high school earlier that day, killing at least 17 people. Broward County…
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