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US educators say no to 'arms race' in schools

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has proposed arming "highly trained" teachers to deter school shootings, but the idea has drawn little support from those most directly concerned - teachers.

NRA chief slams 'shameful politicisation' of Florida tragedy

NATIONAL HARBOUR: America's powerful gun industry on Thursday (Feb 22) accused its critics of exploiting a deadly school shooting in Florida for political gain, as President Donald Trump watered down demands for tougher regulation with a…

Armed deputy at Florida high school resigns after failing to engage shooter

The armed deputy who was on the campus of Stoneman Douglas High School during a shooting rampage that left 17 dead on Feb 14 stood outside the building where it occurred and did not go in to engage the shooter, Broward County Sheriff Scott…

Dutch MPs recognise Armenian 'genocide'

THE HAGUE: Dutch lawmakers on Thursday (Feb 22) overwhelmingly voted in favour of recognising the early 1900s massacre of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", in a move likely to worsen already-strained ties with Turkey.

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Puerto Rico governor announces independent probe into Maria death toll

Puerto Rico's governor said on Thursday he has tapped researchers at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., to lead an independent probe into his administration's controversial tally of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria.

World's last remaining wild horses aren't really wild after all

It may come as a disappointment to equine enthusiasts, but a new genetic study has found that no truly wild horses still exist and that a population inhabiting Mongolian grasslands actually is a feral descendant of the earliest-known…


Steve Jobs' pre-Apple job application could fetch US$50,000 at auction

A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder's aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month.


Santiago sex abuse victims ask Vatican to investigate another case

SANTIAGO: A group of people who say they were sexually abused by members of the Marist Brothers congregation in Santiago asked on Thursday that their cases be considered by Vatican representatives who are in Chile to investigate other…


UNICEF number two resigns after complaints of inappropriate behaviour

UNITED NATIONS: UNICEF deputy director Justin Forsyth on Thursday (Feb 22) resigned from the UN children's agency following complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff in his previous post as head of British charity Save The…


White powder and 'racist' letter sent to Meghan Markle

LONDON: A package containing white powder and an allegedly racist message sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle is being treated as a hate crime, police said on Thursday (Feb 22).


Chaos deepens in Syria enclave, global outcry grows

DOUMA, Syria: The Syrian regime rained rockets and bombs on Eastern Ghouta on Thursday (Feb 22), killing another 36 civilians as international pressure mounted to stop the carnage in the rebel-held enclave.

Suicide bomber throws grenade into US embassy compound in Montenegro

PODGORICA, Montenegro: A Serbian-born suicide bomber blew himself up after throwing a grenade into the US embassy compound in Podgorica, causing no injuries, the Montenegrin government said on Thursday (Feb 22).


'Gun free' schools are magnets for 'bad people': Trump

A "gun free" school is nothing but a "magnet" for criminals, President Donald Trump said Thursday, a day after proposing to train and arm some teachers to keep US schools safe.


Saudi to spend billions on Western-style entertainment

Saudi Arabia announced plans Thursday to spend billions on building new venues and flying in Western acts, in a total overhaul of its entertainment sector that would been unthinkable not long ago.


Air France passengers grounded by strike

PARIS: Half of Air France's long-haul flights out of Paris were cancelled Thursday (Feb 22) due to a strike over pay by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.


Russian curler stripped of Olympic medal for doping

PYEONGCHANG: Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky was stripped of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics bronze medal Thursday (Feb 22) after admitting doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.

Ivanka and North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged Thursday.

Far-right conspiracy theorists target Florida shooting survivors

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 students as puppets of…


Jordan 3D lab prints limbs for war wounded, disabled kids

Iraqi soldier Abdullah lost his left hand fighting the Islamic State group but now he has a prosthetic one -- thanks to a 3D printing lab in Jordan.

Thursday, Feb 22

Trump suggests arming teachers as he meets Florida survivors

Trump also promised "very strong" background checks on gun owners during the poignant "listening session".

Chicago police confiscate 1,000 illegal guns since beginning of year

Chicago: One thousand illegal guns have been confiscated from the streets of Chicago so far this year, authorities in the Midwestern US city announced on Wednesday (Feb 21).

Wednesday, Feb 21

Students turn up heat on Trump, lawmakers over gun control

TALLAHASSEE: Angered by a shooting rampage that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school, students staged protests in several US cities on Wednesday (Feb 21) to turn up the heat on President Donald Trump and lawmakers to take action on…

Syrians cower in basements as bombs pound enclave

Regime air strikes, rocket and artillery attacks have killed over 300 civilians including 70 children this week.

May wants EU citizens to stay after Brexit

LONDON: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday (Feb 21) she wants all European Union citizens lawfully living in Britain to remain after Brexit in 2019 and promised a streamlined system for them to register to be able to…

Trump backs ban on 'bump stocks' on semi-automatic weapons

Trump also said school safety was a "top priority" for his administration and he would be holding meetings on the subject when he meets with governors from all 50 US states.

Tuesday, Feb 20

Two thirds of Americans support stricter gun laws: Poll

WASHINGTON: Americans support stricter gun laws by a more-than two-to-one margin, one of the highest levels on record, a polling agency reported on Tuesday (Feb 20) one week after the latest US school shooting left 17 people dead.

Abbas calls for Mideast peace conference in rare UN speech

In a rare address to the UN Security Council, Abbas presented what he called a "peace plan" to revive the comatose Israeli-Palestinian talks with new international mediation - in which the United States would have less weight.

Florida school staff members to return this week after mass shooting that killed 17

PALM BEACH: Staff members will return to work on Friday (Feb 23) at the Florida school where a gunman shot and killed 17 people in the deadliest shooting ever at a US high school, district officials said, with students expected back next…

StanChart robbery: Singapore agrees to UK request to not cane suspect if found guilty

The British request came as part of extradition proceedings; UK laws currently prohibit extradition in the absence of such an assurance from Singapore.

Monday, Feb 19

Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks

PALM BEACH: The White House said on Monday (Feb 19) that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people.

Accused Florida school shooter appears in court

MIAMI: The former student accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school appeared in court on Monday (Feb 19) for a procedural hearing, his first public appearance since he was held without bond on charges of premeditated murder.

Russia says 'no evidence' it meddled in US election

MOSCOW: Russia's government on Monday (Feb 19) insisted there was no evidence that it meddled in the US elections, after Washington indicted 13 Russians for alleged covert efforts to sway voters.

Russia looms large as US election officials prep for 2018

WASHINGTON: Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, US state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest:…

Sunday, Feb 18

Trump says Russia succeeding in sowing US discord

WEST PALM BEACH: President Donald Trump said on Sunday (Feb 18) that Russia was succeeding beyond its "wildest dreams" in sowing US discord but refrained once more from directly challenging Moscow on its election meddling.

Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzard

TEHRAN: The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran's Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said on Sunday (Feb 18).

'Do not test Israel's resolve', Netanyahu warns Iran

His fiery comments came as tensions between the arch enemies have mounted after clashes involving Syrian forces this month, sparked by Israel's downing of what it called an Iranian drone sent from Syria.

Florida school massacre suspect on authorities' radar in 2016: Media

Pressure is mounting on the FBI director to resign after his agency admitted it failed to investigate a warning that the man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school possessed a gun and the desire to kill.