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NRA issues point-blank ‘no’ on gun control

The NRA, the most powerful gun lobby in the United States, ruled out any support Sunday for greater regulation of firearms or ammunition magazines after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said planned legislation to outlaw military-style assault weapons…

Mexican police official resigns ahead of shake-up

One of Mexico’s top federal police officials has announced his resignation, rejecting charges of corruption and promising to elaborate on his motivation after he steps down in January. The move by Luis Cardenas Palomino, the top cop in charge of regional security, comes as President Enrique Pena Nieto seeks to…

Violent video games and killers: Is the NRA right?

After a week of silence following the Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 20 first graders and six staff in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association blamed the entertainment industry – specifically the producers of violent video games for inciting what has become a pattern of gun violence…   [Child…

Russia adoption ban sparks anger in U.S.

Tens of thousands of petitioners are calling for US President Barack Obama to escalate the diplomatic feud that led Moscow to propose a law barring Americans from adopting Russian children. Two petitions on the White House web site are asking for US sanctions on the Russian lawmakers who help pass…

Mandela may spend Christmas in hospital

South Africa’s ailing anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela may have to stay in hospital over Christmas, a presidential aide suggested on Sunday, although he declined to give any update on his current state of health. The frail 94-year-old former president was admitted to hospital in the capital Pretoria on December 8.…

Japan’s incoming premier ‘to review Fukushima’ atomic crisis

Japan’s incoming pro-nuclear premier Shinzo Abe said Sunday his government will again investigate the Fukushima atomic crisis, after which the country’s reactors could be restarted, reports said. His comments will add to speculation that plans to ditch atomic power in disaster-scarred Japan will be shelved by his Liberal Democratic Party…

Egypt opposition to appeal referendum results

Egypt’s opposition said on Sunday that it will appeal the results of a referendum that ruling Islamists said approved a new constitution, claiming that voting was riddled with “fraud and violations”. The announcement was made by the opposition National Salvation Front the day after the second and final round of…

Israel’s Netanyahu has little to fear ahead of vote

A month before Israelis go to the polls in a snap election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has plenty to be confident about, with his only real challenges coming from within his own rightwing camp. Polls put the joint list of his Likud party and the Yisrael Beitenu faction far ahead…

Germany warns Britain against ‘blackmailing’ EU

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Britain in a Sunday newspaper interview against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. “We want to keep Britain in the EU and not force it out,” Schaeuble told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “But I will also…

Egypt’s new constitution ‘wins two-thirds support’

Egypt has adopted a new, Islamist-backed constitution with nearly two-thirds support in a referendum preceded by weeks of sometimes bloody protests, official media said on Sunday. The secular-leaning opposition, which has alleged fraud, was mulling its next move in its campaign against the text, which it says limits the freedoms…

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