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Trump Proposes Banning Devices that Make Some Guns More Lethal

After recommending a ban on devices that can make firearms more lethal and calling for stronger background checks on gun buyers, U.S. President Donald Trump is hosting a "listening session" Wednesday with students, parents and teachers who have been victimized by mass shootings in America. Among those taking part in the session are students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a former student last Wednesday killed 17 people. Trump on Tuesday termed the shootings… Read Full Article

Clashes Between Police and Sufi Protesters in Iran, Six People Dead, Hundreds Arrested

Iranian officials said Tuesday at least five members of the country’s security forces were killed and more than 300 people arrested during overnight clashes between Sufi protesters and police in the capital, Tehran. Monday’s protests in front of a police station in northern Tehran were held by the Sufi group Gonabadi, locally known as Gonabadi dervishes, who demanded the release of their arrested members and the removal of security checkpoints around the house of their 90-year-old leader,… Read Full Article

N Korea cancelled Pence Olympic meeting in S Korea, says US

But the North's delegation pulled out of the scheduled meeting at the last minute, say US officials.

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing 'beyond imagination'

A UN relief co-ordinator says he is deeply worried about civilians trapped in the Eastern Ghouta.

Video of Gun Owner's Assault on an AR-15 Goes Viral After Florida Mass Shooting

A video of a man cutting his semi-automatic weapon in half has gone viral following last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, prompting a social media movement decrying easy access to high-powered assault rifles. Scott Pappalardo of New York state is the star of a clip posted on Facebook that had been viewed by over 20 million people and shared more than 360,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon. It shows him taking a power saw to the barrel of an AR-15 assault rifle, saying he wanted… Read Full Article

Ursula K. Le Guin Wins Posthumous Prize for Essay Writing

The late Ursula K. Le Guin was among the recipients of literary honors presented Tuesday night by PEN America. The science fiction/fantasy author’s “No Time to Spare” won a $10,000 prize for best essay writing. Le Guin died last month at age 88 and her award was announced during a New York ceremony hosted by PEN, the literary and human rights organization.  Poet Layli Long Soldier’s debut collection “Whereas” won a $75,000 award for the year’s best book. Jenny Zhang’s story collection “Sour… Read Full Article

Gita: Ex-cyclone brings damage and flooding to New Zealand

Up to 1,000 people remain stranded after massive floods hit the South Island's Golden Bay.

S. Korea's Cryptocurrency Industry Welcomes Regulator's Dramatic Change of Heart

South Korea's cryptocurrency industry is anticipating much better times as the market regulator changes tack from its tough stance on the virtual coin trade, promising instead to help promote blockchain technology. The regulator said Tuesday that it hopes to see South Korea — which has become a hub for cryptocurrency trade — normalize the virtual coin business in a self-regulatory environment. "The whole world is now framing the outline [for cryptocurrency] and therefore [the government]… Read Full Article

S. Korea Signs Free Trade Deals With 5 Central America Countries

South Korea said on Wednesday it is signing free trade agreements with five Central American nations aimed at boosting market access for the Korean auto sector and electronics makers. Trade minister Kim Hyun-chong will meet representatives from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama in Seoul on Wednesday to sign five separate bilateral pacts which will eliminate duties on about 95 percent of traded goods and services, Korea’s trade ministry said in an e-mailed statement.… Read Full Article

Venezuela: Launch of 'Petro' Cryptocurrency Raised $735 Million

President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that Venezuela had received $735 million in the first day of a pre-sale of the country's "petro" cryptocurrency, aimed at pulling the country out of an economic tailspin. Maduro is hoping the petro will allow the ailing OPEC member to skirt U.S. sanctions as the bolivar currency plunges to record lows and it struggles with hyperinflation and a collapsing socialist economy. Blockchain experts have warned the petro is unlikely to attract significant… Read Full Article