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NRA chief breaks post-Newtown silence to call for armed guards at schools

Wayne LaPierre’s statement – twice interrupted by protesters – dashes hopes of gun control advocates looking for debate The National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US, has called for armed security guards to be posted in every school in the country and insisted that…

650 Chilean Madonna fans file complaints over too-short concert

At least 650 Madonna fans in Chile have filed complaints with the national consumer board after a concert this week started late and ended early. The consumer agency, which defends the rights of Chilean consumers, is talking with the concert organizer to determine why the concert started more than two…

Armed extremists kill Yemen women in alcohol raid

Armed extremists killed a woman in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden when they raided several homes whose owners allegedly have alcoholic drinks, residents and a security official said on Friday. “More than 10″ armed men on motorbikes stormed three houses in Aden’s Memdara neighbourhood on Thursday, residents said. The…

‘Gangnam Style’ hits one billion views on YouTube

Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became the first video to hit a billion views on YouTube on Friday, marking a fresh milestone in the global craze for the South Korean rapper and his horse-riding dance. The view counter attached to “Gangnam Style,” which was only posted on the video-sharing site July 15,…

Iraqi finance minister’s guards held on terrorism charges

At least nine of the Iraqi finance minister’s guards are being held on terrorism charges, officials said on Friday after the minister demanded the premier’s resignation following their arrest. The dispute threatens to reignite a long-running feud between the secular, Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc, of which Finance Minister Rafa al-Essawi is…

Conservationists: Drop in sea turtle nesting due to climate change

Conservationists have expressed alarm over the low number of turtles arriving on the coast of east India and Bangladesh for the nesting season, blaming overfishing and climate change for the decline. Between November and March, several species of sea turtle, including the Olive Ridley, travel thousands of miles to nest…

News Corp. to file with U.S. regulators to split into two companies

Media conglomerate News Corp announced on Friday that it had filed a document with US regulators describing its split into two independent companies. The statement did not specify a date for the planned split into one company focused on news and publishing, to retain the News Corp name, and another…

Europol fears deadly turf wars as biker gangs arrive in Europe

A wave of biker gangs from the US, Canada and Australia arriving in Europe has raised fears of deadly turf battle like the Nordic biker wars of the 1990s, European police agency Europol warned on Friday. Gangs such as the Comancheros and Rebels from Australia, Rock Machine from Canada and…

John Kerry to receive Secretary of State nomination

US President Barack Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry, a veteran foreign policy hand and former presidential candidate, as his next secretary of state on Friday, a US official told AFP. The current holder of Washington’s top diplomatic post, Hillary Clinton, had indicated that she wishes to step down after…

Georgia rebuilds Stalin monuments

A Joseph Stalin statue went back up in the Georgian village of Alvani on Friday in a sign of the slipping authority of President Mikheil Saakashvili, who had ordered its removal. The pro-Western president is serving out what some are calling a lame-duck term ahead of elections next year from…

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