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Trump pushes for ban 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 he had directed the Department of Justice to propose a law to make the accessories illegal.


The Israeli military carries out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military has carried out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions overnight in the Gaza Strip. They came in response to a bomb attack which wounded four Israeli soldiers. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza.


Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls


Young survivors of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida have taken part in an emotionally charged rally demanding tighter gun controls.
Protesters in Fort Lauderdale chanted "shame on you", referring to US lawmakers and President Donald Trump.
He said last year he would "never" infringe on the right to keep arms.
Suspect Nikolas Cruz has admitted carrying out the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 17 people died.

Florida school shooting: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

The Police say the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting. Nikolas Cruz, 19, said he arrived on campus and began shooting students before abandoning his weapon and escaping, according to a court document.He has appeared in court charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.The FBI has admitted it received a tip-off about him last year.The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.

FBI had been warned about Florida gunman

The FBI has launched an investigation into a warning received about the teenager Nikolas Cruz, who has been accused of carrying out Wednesday's school shooting in Florida. Cruz has been produced before court and charged with murder. With 17 people killed, this is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012. Cruz, who had links with a white supremacist group, reportedly commented on YouTube last year, that he would be a "professional school shooter". A user alerted authorities to the post. However, The FBI has been unable to fully identify the person who posted it.

Cyril Ramaphosa set to become South Africa's President

Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa's President, after scandal-tainted leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC Party, which told him to step down or face a No-Confidence Motion in parliament. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country will defend itself "against any attack" after carrying out what appear to be its largest strikes on sites in Syria in decades. He warned that Israel's policy to defend itself against "any attempt to harm our sovereignty" was "absolutely clear". Israel launched raids against Iranian targets after saying it had intercepted an Iranian drone crossing the Syria-Israel border. Iran denies the allegation.


Korean unity! - a historic handshake as Pyeongchang Olympics open

The two Koreas marched together and South Korea's President shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister, as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opened in a spirit of intense rapprochement, yesterday. It cemented what has been a rapid improvement in Korean ties. Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to venture South since the Korean War, forms part of the highest level delegation ever to cross the border. At a glittering ceremony, North and South Korea brought the crowd to its feet, as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag. The two Koreas last marched together at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Indian Prime Minister to embark on a 4-day visit to Palestine, UAE and Oman.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four-day visit to Palestine, the UAE and Oman, today. Mr Modi will reach Ramallah tomorrow morning, becoming the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Palestine. He will hold delegation-level talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, after which a number of MoUs are expected to be signed. The same day, Mr Modi will travel to Dubai where he will address the 6th World Government Summit, at which India has been extended 'guest of honour' status. On the final leg of his visit, he will attend an Indian Community Event at Muscat in Oman, on Sunday.

Bangladesh ex-Prime Minister guilty of corruption

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail for corruption. The verdict was read out in a court in Dhaka, after police used tear gas to disperse thousands of her supporters. The sentence bars her from contesting in the parliamentary polls due this year.

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