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South Korea says North Korea is willing to hold talks with the US.

South Korea says North Korea is willing to hold talks with the US. The announcement came after Gen Kim Yong-Chol met South Korean President Moon Jae-in ahead of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. US officials have ruled out meeting the North Korean delegation. The Korean rapprochement has been seen as a move by the North to drive a wedge between the South and the US.

Strikes pound Syria's Eastern Ghouta as world fumbles for response

Syrian regime air strikes and artillery fire hit the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta for a sixth straight day yesterday, killing 38 civilians, as world powers struggled to reach a UN deal to stop the carnage. More than 460 civilians, including over 100 children, have been killed in nearly a week of bombardment that has been one of the bloodiest episodes in the seven-year Syrian conflict. Frantic diplomatic haggling delayed a vote on a 30-day truce, at the United Nations Security Council, as the leaders of France and Germany pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose jets are also bombing the enclave, not to veto the plan. Moscow has demanded "guarantees" that the truce would be respected by rebel fighters.

Florida school shooting: Armed officer 'did not confront killer'

The local sheriff says an armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene. Deputy Scot Peterson has resigned after being suspended, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Earlier this week President Trump said arming school teachers could prevent school shootings. The proposal has long been championed by the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby.

Anger in Nigeria over Boko Haram 'abduction' response

Anger erupted in a remote town in northeast Nigeria yesterday, after officials fumbled to account for scores of schoolgirls who locals say were kidnapped by Boko Haram Jihadists. Police said, 111 girls from a state-run boarding school in the Yobe state, were unaccounted for, following a jihadist raid on Monday night. Hours later, a spokesman for the Yobe State governor said "some of the girls" had been rescued by troops "from the terrorists who abducted them". However, on a visit to the area yesterday the governor appeared to question as to whether abduction had actually taken place. As news of his comments spread, groups of angry youth set up barricades and burned tyres in the streets, hurling missiles at the governor's convoy.

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

International pressure has mounted to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, where Syrian jets have been raining bombs in a blitz that has killed more than 300. United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres described the death and devastation that has engulfed Eastern Ghouta, as "hell on earth". He has called for an immediate humanitarian truce.


Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings

US President Donald Trump has expressed support for arming teachers and ending gun-free zones near schools at a White House event on gun violence.An armed teacher could end an attack "very quickly", he said.Mr Trump floated the proposals as survivors of last week's Florida school shooting implored him to make sure it never happens again.The Republican president also backed calls for improved background checks for gun buyers.

Trump pushes for ban on gun 'bump stocks

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to ban bump-stock devices, which were used by a gunman who killed 58 Las Vegas concert-goers last year. Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had directed the Department of Justice to propose a law to make the accessories illegal.


The Israeli military carries out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military has carried out a number of strikes against Palestinian positions overnight in the Gaza Strip. They came in response to a bomb attack which wounded four Israeli soldiers. Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli tank fire in Gaza.


Florida school shooting: Students demand tighter gun controls


Young survivors of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida have taken part in an emotionally charged rally demanding tighter gun controls.
Protesters in Fort Lauderdale chanted "shame on you", referring to US lawmakers and President Donald Trump.
He said last year he would "never" infringe on the right to keep arms.
Suspect Nikolas Cruz has admitted carrying out the attack at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which 17 people died.

Florida school shooting: Nikolas Cruz confesses to police

The Police say the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school on Wednesday has confessed to the shooting. Nikolas Cruz, 19, said he arrived on campus and began shooting students before abandoning his weapon and escaping, according to a court document.He has appeared in court charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.The FBI has admitted it received a tip-off about him last year.The attack, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is the deadliest US school shooting since 2012.

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