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Obama calls for gun reforms in wake of cinema massacre

July 26, 2012

US President Barack Obama has called for what he calls "common-sense" gun laws after a shooting at a cinema last week left 12 people dead. The President gave no specific details of plans, but said he is committed to working with civic organisations as well as political parties to find ...

Stephen Carroll sentence heading to Court of Appeal

May 24, 2012

The sentence handed to one of the killers of Constable Stephen Carroll will be looked at by the Court of Appeal and its director of public prosecutions. At the start of the week, Lord Justice Sir Paul Girvan ruled that John Paul Wootton, aged 21, should serve a minimum 14 year ...

Germany backs Nazi database in wake of murders

January 19, 2012

German ministers have approved proposed plans to establish a register of people believed to be far-right extremists, in the wake of 10 neo-Nazi hate-murders since 2000. Sources allege that almost 10,000 neo-Nazis are operative in Germany at the moment and that the database will include information currently held by federal and ...

Michelle Obama challenges book portrayal

January 12, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama yesterday challenged an account of her White House role in a new book, saying that critics have long tried to present her as being an "angry black woman". Written by Jody Kantor, a New York Times reporter, The Obamas portrays Michaelle as being a force that pulls ...

Manning Wikileaks hearing sees final arguments

December 22, 2011

Wikileaks source Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearing has concluded after the lawyers of both sides delivered their closing statements. One of the investigating officers at Maryland’s Fort Meade military base must now advise whether or not Manning should face court-martial. The decision is due sometime in January yet might be delayed should ...

Saudi Arabia accused of post Arab Spring repression

December 1, 2011

Amnesty International has accused the government of Saudi Arabia of answering to this year’s Arab Springs in neighbouring countries by launching a campaign of repression. In its report, the human rights outfit said that thousands have been arrested without charge or trial. Those that have voiced their wishes for reform have ...

Student numbers drop blamed on allowance cuts

October 13, 2011

Almost half of further education colleges in England have seen declines in student numbers, which has been blamed on Education Maintenance Allowance being scrapped. A survey run by the Association of Colleges shows that 49 per cent of English colleges have fewer students when compared against last year. All of them ...

Troy Davis executed in Georgia for policeman shooting

September 22, 2011

Death row prisoner Troy Davis was executed in Georgia last night over the murder of policeman Mark MacPhail, 22 years ago. Davis's death had been delayed for hours as the US Supreme Court pondered whether or not to accept an 11th-hour appeal. The 42-year-old's conviction was heavily disputed due to most ...

Indian state gives laptops to its kids

September 15, 2011

Authorities in Tamil Nadu, a southern Indian state, will start handing out what will be the first batch of approximately 6.8 million laptops, free of charge, to schoolchildren. Any child in either a government-funded secondary school or college will be eligible to receive one. The programme, set to run five years, ...

Brazilian transport minister hands in resignation over scandal

July 7, 2011

Brazil's transport minister has handed in his resignation over a corruption scandal that has rocked his ministry. Mr Alfredo Nascimento decided to step down after a magazine accused his staff of skimming off money that was brought about by federal infrastructure contracts. He denies any wrongdoing himself, and has vowed to ...

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