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Can a group of Florida high school students change America's cycle of gun violence?

Today 03:23 GMT

Read more: 'Without action, children die' — Florida students call for gun control. Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. So surely, the Parkland shooting must break the vicious cycle of how massacres unfold and then are quickly forgotten again without anything happening to prevent a repeat?

One week after the deadly school shooting in Florida, it is too early to tell whether the powerful protests by surviving students will produce a lasting impact.

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White House says Trump supports move to strengthen gun background checks

Tuesday 14:32 GMT

The White House supports efforts to strengthen background checks for gun purchases in the wake of last week’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump is open to bipartisan legislation to shore up the background checks system, which is supposed to prevent people with severe mental illness and serious criminal records from purchasing firearms.

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Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Obama for Not Countering Russian Meddling

Today 01:32 GMT

Attempting to shift the blame for Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump suggested in Twitter posts on Tuesday that the previous administration did not do enough to prevent the Kremlin’s influence campaign and that President Barack Obama was dismissive of the threat.

This is not the first time Mr. Trump has criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to prevent the Russian meddling that, according to the recent indictment, started in 2014.

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Source: ABC News

Most see inaction on mass shootings; mental health screening is a priority

Today 01:32 GMT

Large majorities of Americans say neither President Donald Trump nor Congress are doing enough to try to prevent mass shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Parkland, Florida, last week, with improved mental health screening and treatment leading the public’s preferences for action.

The public’s especially broad endorsement of improved mental health screening and treatment is in line with another result: Americans by a 2-to-1 margin blame mass shootings mainly on problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, rather than on inadequate gun control laws.

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Source: BBC

Have the Winter Olympics repaired North-South Korea relations?

Today 03:23 GMT

The big story of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea has been the participation of North Korea and the friendly tone struck by the two countries.

The South Korean right would be apoplectic, with some conservatives already concerned that President Moon is desperate to make a deal, having long argued that talks are the way to improve relations with North Korea. The US would also be deeply unimpressed, particularly given the hawkishness of the Trump administration on North Korea.

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Source: New York Times

Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices

Today 03:23 GMT

Under pressure from angry, grieving students from a Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week — ordered the Justice Department on Tuesday to issue regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons like those used last year in the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas.

The A.T.F. had not yet determined whether it had the authority to ban the devices when Mr. Trump directed Mr. Sessions to draft a regulation doing so.

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Source: DW

Iran plane crash wreckage found

Today 01:32 GMT

Iranian authorities announced on Tuesday that they had located the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed in a remote mountain area with 65 people on board.

Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades and has blamed U.S. sanctions for preventing it from importing new aircraft or spare parts. Aseman Airlines is a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran specializing in flights to remote airfields across the country.

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Source: Common Domain

Manafort Under Scrutiny For $40 Million In “Suspicious” Transactions

Today 03:23 GMT

Federal law enforcement officials have identified more than $40 million in “suspicious” financial transactions to and from companies controlled by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort — a much larger sum than was cited in his October indictment on money laundering charges.

Eight banks filed 23 “suspicious activity reports” between 2004 and 2014, which includes the years that Manafort and his consulting company, Davis Manafort Partners, worked for Yanukovych.

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Source: CBS News

Host dad who took in Florida school shooting suspect: "It's his right" to have an AR-15

Today 01:32 GMT

The family that took in the Florida school shooting suspect says they knew Nikolas Cruz was depressed, but had no idea how troubled he really was.

Cruz had been living with the Snead family for about three months when the 19-year-old allegedly carried out the deadliest school shooting in Florida history. "The Nik we knew was not the Nik that everybody else seemed to know," James Snead told CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

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Source: Common Domain

Long Before U.S. Election, Russian Trolls Were Spreading Disinformation

Today 03:22 GMT

The U.S. charged more than a dozen Russian nationals and organizations last week with engaging in a widespread effort to interfere in U.S. politics.

Because much of Facebook’s user data is private, a comparable analysis of Russian activity on that platform is not possible.

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Source: Global News

Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz appears in court

Tuesday 18:14 GMT

The suspect in the Florida school shooting appeared in court Monday for a procedural hearing about how legal paperwork would be handled in the case.

Family who took in Florida school shooting suspect speaks out: ‘We feel betrayed’. Cruz, wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, kept his head down and did not appear to make eye contact with the judge or others in the courtroom, though he responded briefly to someone on the defence team.

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Source: Global News

Reality check: Is Trudeau’s India trip more photo opportunity than business venture?

Today 03:23 GMT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is continuing his seven-day trip to India with his family after a visit to the famed Taj Mahal, exploring an elephant sanctuary and meeting with business leaders.

Not counting the cost of the armoured cars, Harper’s 2012 trip to India cost $1.3 million but that trip also included stops in Manila and Hong Kong.

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Source: Washington Post

Olympics Day 12: U.S. adds to medal count, while Lindsey Vonn goes for gold

Today 03:22 GMT

Men’s freestyle skiing, ski cross gold; women’s short-track speedskating, 3,000-meter gold. NBCSN 9:30 a.m.-noon Men’s Nordic combined, large hill gold; biathlon, mixed relay gold Noon-5 p.m. Men’s Nordic combined, large hill gold; short-track speedskating, 3,000 gold; women’s curling, U.S.-South Korea 7-10:45 p.m. Figure skating, women’s short program (LIVE) 10:45 p.m.-2:40 a.m.

Men’s hockey, quarterfinal (LIVE). NBC 3-5 p.m. Speedskating, team pursuit gold; men’s cross-country, team sprint gold 8-11 p.m. Men’s skiing, slalom first run (LIVE); men’s freestyle skiing, halfpipe gold (LIVE); women’s bobsled, two-man gold; women’s cross-country, team sprint gold 11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

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Source: The Guradian

Virtue and Moir win ice dance gold for Canada as Shib Sibs take bronze for USA

Today 01:32 GMT

Canadian darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir punctuated their brilliant careers with a second Olympic gold medal in ice dance, becoming the most decorated figure skaters in Winter Games history on Tuesday afternoon at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Virtue and Moir, who skated to gold at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and took silver four years ago in Sochi before a two-year hiatus from the sport, scored a record 206.07 points with a skate of emotive resonance, technical precision and smoldering intensity, edging the French pair of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by 0.79 points.

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Source: CBS News

"Jewish perpetrators" remark reignites Poland Holocaust dispute

Tuesday 13:37 GMT

Poland's prime minister said Sunday that dialogue with Israel about the Holocaust is necessary and would serve as a warning to prevent such "exceptionally terrifying" crimes from happening again.

The remark, given Saturday at the Munich Security Conference, reignited a weekslong diplomatic dispute over Poland's new law prohibiting some statements about the Holocaust. The law reflects the current Polish government's approach to World War II history, which focuses on Poland's suffering and heroism.

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