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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. Such devices enable a rifle to shoot hundreds …

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Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband’s term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. …

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US: North Korea Canceled Meeting with Pence at Last Minute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans …

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Israel’s Syria Strikes Revealed Its Red Lines

Daniel R. DePetris Security, Middle East The strikes in Syria demonstrate to Iran, Assad, Hezbollah and any other anti-Israel party that Israel has red lines it will enforce. Israel’s Syria Strikes Revealed Its Red Lines During a trip to the Israel-Syria border in the Golan Heights on February 6—after commiserating …

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Jews, Muslims Condemn Iceland for Proposing Circumcision Ban

Religious groups are outraged after Iceland’s parliament proposed a bill that would ban all non-medically necessary circumcisions on boys under the age of 18. “Those procedures are unnecessary, done without their informed consent, non-reversible and can cause all kinds of severe complications, disfigurations and even death,” MP Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir …

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German army problems ‘dramatically bad’, report says

Image copyright AFP Image caption Germany has for years struggled to modernise its military Shortfalls in the German army’s personnel and equipment are “dramatically” hindering its readiness for combat, according to a new report. No submarines or large transport planes were available for deployment at the end of last year, …

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