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Trump backs ban on bump stock gun modifications

Donald Trump has signed a memorandum recommending a ban on bump stocks, like those used in the Las Vegas massacre. The White House has also announced age restrictions for buying AR-15 rifles are “on the table”. The President made the announcement during a ceremony which recognised the bravery of America’s …

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Trump pushes for ban on gun 'bump stocks'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump signs an order on gun ‘bump stocks’ US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year. Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said …

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Syrian Bombardment Takes Its Deadliest Toll in Years

Those forces were trying to join Kurdish militias defending Afrin from Turkish troops who crossed the border and were advancing from the north. They retreated after Turkish jets and artillery bombarded them, the Turkish government said. Photo A convoy of pro-Syrian government fighters driving by a portrait of the Kurdistan …

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Don't get distracted by pants: Mr T's latest curling tip

Better known for his macho A-Team role, it appears these days Mr T is more “pumped” watching the Winter Olympics, and one sport in particular – curling. The 65-year-old star, who rose to fame playing BA Baracus in the hit US TV drama series, has been following the Games closely …

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WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Image copyright SPL Image caption Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of contracting measles Europe has seen a big surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016. Cases increased four-fold, with more than …

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Iran Plane Crash Leads to Search-and-Rescue Effort at 14,500 Feet

Photo Rescue workers searching for the wreckage of an Iran Aseman Airlines plane in the Zagros mountain range on Monday. Credit Morteza Salehi/Tasnim News Agency, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images TEHRAN — Search-and-rescue workers continued to scour a mountainous region of Iran on Monday for a plane that crashed …

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Mob kills men accused of rape and murder of girl, 5

A mob of up to 1,000 people has beaten to death two suspects following the rape and murder of a five-year-old girl in India, police say. The men were reportedly dragged from the police station where they were being held in the remote northeast. Apur Bitin, an officer in the …

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Kazakhstan changes its alphabet – again

Image copyright Kazakh Presidency Image caption In with the new: Accents replace apostrophes Kazakhstan is changing its alphabet for the second time in a year after the previous one proved highly unpopular, it’s reported. President Nursultan Nazarbayev has issued a decree amending last October’s decision to move from the Cyrillic …

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Kenya’s Political Turmoil Is a Tale of Fathers and Sons

Not long after, though, things fell apart. The elder Mr. Kenyatta became a pro-Western capitalist, entrenching the wealth of his family and his ethnic community from his presidential perch. The elder Mr. Odinga advocated sharing state resources — especially the land the British settlers would leave behind — among Kenya’s …

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Venezuela to start selling 'petro' cryptocurrency

Venezuela is introducing a new cryptocurrency as the economy struggles to cope with US sanctions and hyperinflation. Carlos Vargas, Venezuela’s cryptocurrency superintendent, revealed recently that the country was preparing to set out its plans to launch the “petro”, with the first sale scheduled for today. “There will surely be a …

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