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Gun lobby takes aim at Biden’s guns task force

The top US firearms lobby emerged from talks with Vice President Joe Biden on curbing violence saying he cared more about stamping out gun rights than protecting school kids. Biden on Thursday met a representative of the National Rifle Association (NRA) along with other gun rights groups as part of…

Thief posts own picture on victim’s Facebook page

A suspected thief appears to have mistakenly posted his own picture on his victim’s Facebook page using a stolen tablet computer, South African media reported Friday. James and Barbara McCall returned from a weekend break to find thieves had broken into their home and had made off with digital cameras,…

Iran denies responsibility in cyber attacks on U.S. banks

Iran has denied US media reports it carried out cyber attacks on US banks, the official IRNA news agency said Friday, quoting a statement from Tehran’s UN mission. “The Islamic republic of Iran categorically denies any involvement in cyber attacks on American banks and denounces such methods which are a…

Red-dust sunset as west Australia braces for cyclone

Western Australians were bracing for a cyclone with residents warned to batten down for storms and destructive winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour (90 mph). Cyclone Narelle was estimated to be 525 kilometres (325 miles) north of Exmouth and 505 kilometres north-west of Karratha near the Pilbara mining…

Pollution turns Hong Kong harbour from ‘fragrant’ to foul

Hong Kong’s name may mean “fragrant harbour”, but cargo ships burning dirty fuel in what is one of the world’s busiest ports add to a foul layer of pollution that kills more than 3,000 people a year. Now the government is vowing to get tough, with activists hoping mandatory restrictions…

Apple sees China becoming biggest market: report

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, on his second visit to China in a year, said he expects the country to surpass the United States as the technology giant’s largest market, state media reported. Cook said Apple would launch new products in China, but declined to comment on reports the company…

Judge orders Colorado theater gunman to stand trial

A judge has ordered that alleged cinema gunman James Holmes stand trial over a massacre that killed 12 people in Colorado last July, court documents showed. Judge William Sylvester on Thursday found that prosecutors had established there was “probable cause” to believe the defendant committed the crimes, and ordered Holmes…

Will gun control ‘dream team’ rival NRA for political firepower?

Gun control 'dream team' is born: Can it rival NRA for political firepower? (via The Christian Science Monitor) A month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a once-moribund gun-control movement this week unleashed a broad, coordinated campaign aimed at curbing America’s fascination with high-powered firearms by, in part, blunting…

Critics of Likud’s new vanguard say party has abandoned founder’s ideals

Critics of Likud's new vanguard say party has abandoned founder's ideals Few Israelis today remember that until 1966, Arab citizens of the Jewish state were under army rule and needed permits from the local military governor to travel outside their home towns for work, study, or medical care. Even fewer…

Idle No More: Canada’s indigenous ‘Occupy’ movement

Idle No More: Canada's indigenous 'Occupy' movement Canada’s First Nations peoples and their supporters have been loudly protesting federal legislation that, they say, strips protections from dozens of Canada’s lakes and waterways and ignores the government’s treaty obligations to its indigenous inhabitants. Since November, dozens of demonstrations…   [Idle No…

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