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Polls show movement toward stricter gun control – with major caveats

Public attitudes toward private ownership of firearms have shifted over the years. In the 1990s, Americans were more inclined to favor stricter gun control. More recently, that mind-set has shifted toward greater support for Second Amendment protections of gun ownership. But in the wake of recent mass…  …

Charlie Sheen opens bar in Mexico

US actor Charlie Sheen, who has a long history of hard partying and scandal, has a new night spot in Mexico — his own, a local official said Saturday. The perennially troubled Hollywood star hosted a gala opening night dinner Friday at his new bar, The Goose, in the Mexican…

‘African Grammys’ delayed after Chris Brown misses flight

The Kora Awards, dubbed “Africa’s Grammys”, have been postponed until Monday because Chris Brown, the US rapper headlining the event, missed his flight, organisers said. Brown “will not arrive until Sunday at 5:00 am (0500 GMT),” the event’s communication director Konnie Toure told AFP on Saturday. The award extravaganza, which…

Tennis hits new low with copper mine match

Sport will plunge to new depths in March when former professional tennis players Marcelo Rios and Guillermo Coria contest a match 1,500m down inside the world’s largest copper mine. “A tennis court of clay and cement will be built at a depth of 1,500m,” organiser Juan Romero told El Mercurio…

Thousands of Macedonian protesters call on government to resign

Several thousand Macedonians protested in the capital Skopje on Saturday, calling on the conservative government to step down amid a dire economic crisis in the former Yugoslav republic. The rally, organised by the opposition left-wing SDSM party, came after the government adopted the 2013 budget Monday amid a series of…

Explosives found near home of Cyprus president

Three pounds (1.36 kilogrammes) of military grade TNT were found on Saturday close to the holiday home of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, police said. The “high yield explosives and a common detonator” were discovered at a distance of 500 metres (yards) from the president’s retreat and ready to use, police…

Convicted rapists put to death by hanging in Iran

Iran on Saturday hanged an Afghan drug trafficker and four Iranians, three of them convicted of rape, local media reported. The 27-year-old Afghan from Herat, identified only by his initials MM, was sent to the gallows in the northern city of Damghan after being convicted of selling around two kilos…

George H.W. Bush released from intensive care

Former US president George H.W. Bush is on the mend and has been released from intensive care, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Bush’s condition has improved, so he has been moved today from the intensive care unit to a regular patient room at The Methodist Hospital to continue his recovery,”…

Pope attends ecumenical gathering of 40,000 young Christians

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday attended an ecumenical gathering of around 40,000 young people in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. The young Christians — Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox — came to Rome as part of a European meeting of the Taize community, an ecumenical monastic order in Taize in eastern France.…

French soccer league cheers defeat of government’s 75% tax proposal

The French Football League (LFP) on Saturday welcomed news that France’s top constitutional body had thrown out plans by the Socialist government to introduce a 75-percent upper income tax rate. The rate would have applied to anyone earning over one million euros a year – therefore top footballers such as…

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