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Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack, 2 wounded

Israeli teen dies of wounds in West Bank attack, 2 woundedAn explosion Friday near a West Bank settlement that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said. Initially, three Israelis were reported wounded in the blast on Friday near the Dolev settlement, northwest of Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences to the family and vowed to pursue the perpetrators and "strengthen" Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:44:09 -0400
Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions

Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensionsA Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam's coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China's actions in the disputed waterways. The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) early last month where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coastguard vessels from Vietnam and China. The Chinese vessel continued to survey Vietnam's EEZ on Saturday under escort from at least four ships and was around 102 kilometres (63 miles) southeast of Vietnam's Phu Quy island and 185 kilometres (115 miles) from the beaches of the southern city of Phan Thiet, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessel movements.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 01:35:00 -0400
Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in Washington

Radical gun reform may finally have a voice in WashingtonAn ambitious agenda by the March for Our Lives activists may be the first time the majority of Americans get real representationA young girl looks on as she attends a vigil for the victims of the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMarch for Our Lives, the national youth gun violence prevention movement founded by survivors of last years school shooting in Parkland, Florida, released a sweeping gun reform agenda this week.The agenda calls for significantly raising the standards for gun ownership in America, and reducing by about 100m the total number of guns in circulation.Its a dramatic, ambitious plan. And it may represent the first time in decades that the majority of Americans will get any real representation in the gun control debate in Washington.March for Our Lives young activists endorsed an Australia-style mandatory government buyback and destruction of assault weapons. They want to decrease the number of guns in circulation by 30% which would mean roughly 100m fewer firearms in American hands. They proposed regulations that would dramatically raise the bar for who is allowed to purchase a gun, putting US law much more in line with European countries. And they want to revisit the 2009 supreme court decision, District of Columbia v Heller, which enshrined a pro-gun interpretation of Americans second amendment right to bear arms.These proposals are substantially more aggressive, and more ambitious, than anything the Democrats in Washington have fought for in years. In fact, for decades, gun control groups and progressive politicians have done a poor job at representing the majority of Americans in Congress when it comes to gun control. A surprising voidDemocrats have fought for minor new restrictions on gun buying and been defeated by the Republican partys gun absolutists but, fundamentally, the Democratic party has remained supportive of gun ownership.Democratic lawmakers efforts to ban assault weapons, for example, have not meant an actual ban on these guns, but only a ban on future sales, meaning that Americans could keep the millions of military-style rifles they already own. President Obamas signature gun control legislation after the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a compromise bill that would have closed just a few of the gaping loopholes in the nations background check system a measure so weak its doubtful whether it would have had any effect on gun violence at all.The countrys largest gun control groups, too, have made great efforts to portray themselves as pro-gun safety, not anti-gun. They routinely advertise themselves as supporters of Americans second amendment right to bear arms. And they have focused on commonsense reforms, such as getting what activists see as particularly extreme weapons off the streets, or requiring a criminal background check before every gun sale.This lack of any explicit anti-gun side in the American gun debate is strange.Although many Americans may not realize it, gun owners are a minority in the United States. American civilians overall own an estimated 300m to 400m firearms, more than one gun per person. But this frequently cited statistic obscures how concentrated American gun ownership is.In recent surveys, roughly 70% to 80% of Americans said they do not personally own a gun, and a majority said that nobody in their household owns a gun. Just 3% of American adults own half the countrys guns, according to a definitive 2015 survey. This small group of gun super-owners have an average of 17 guns each.Gun absolutists the activists who oppose any gun control measures, who want Americans to be able to own any kind of gun, and carry them everywhere are a minority within that minority. According to the best available estimates, fewer than 10% of American gun owners overall are members of the National Rifle Association.There appear to be at least as many Americans who are vehemently anti-gun as there are NRA members.Recent Gallup polls have found that 28% of American adults say they would support a law banning handgun ownership, except by the police and other authorized persons. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that 9% of American adults believed that almost no one should be legally allowed to own guns about the same proportion as the number of adults who believed that almost everyone should be able to own them.A coalition of 9% of American adults would translate into more than 20 million people. Thats a group four times larger than the NRA, which claims between 5 million and 6 million members.Only a minority of Americans oppose most private gun ownership. But theres strong majority support for much tougher gun control laws than the ones currently on the books.A 2017 Pew survey found 68% supported banning assault-style weapons. Seventy-one percent supported having a federal database to track all gun sales. A 2018 Gallup survey found 68% of respondents supported raising the legal age to buy certain guns. A Quinnipiac poll in May found 77% of respondents were in favor of requiring people to obtain a license before being able to purchase a gun.Its not hard to find Americans who oppose the countrys current gun culture. They show up at gun control rallies, holding signs that say things like Repeal the Second Amendment. They live in neighborhoods burdened by decades of daily gun violence. Theyve lost family members or friends to shootings. They keep asking: why cant we just get rid of the guns?But for years, these Americans views have not been well represented by Americas gun safety groups, and they have had virtually no representation in Congress.This may finally be starting to change. Moving the gun debateIn 2016, a progressive activist launched Guns Down America, a small organization that advocates not simply for gun sense laws, but for a future with fewer guns. Following the Parkland shooting, the young March for Our Lives activists have advocated unapologetically for bold reform, though they, like other American gun control activists, say theyre not anti-gun and their proposals for stricter regulation represent the interests of responsible gun owners.Its not yet clear how much the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates will move towards embracing these majority opinions on gun control policy. But theres already been movement towards the actual middle of the debate.In 2016, Obama argued in a CNN Town Hall that issues like licensing, registration, thats an area where theres just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider it. This year, the New Jersey senator Cory Booker made gun licensing the center of his 2020 gun control platform.After the mass shooting targeting Latino families in El Paso, the former Texas congressman Beto ORourke said he endorsed not just an assault weapon ban, but a mandatory federal buyback of assault weapons. On Wednesday, he became the first Democratic 2020 candidate to tweet that he supported March for Our Lives new policy agenda.ORourkes campaign did not back away from the most controversial elements of the youth activists plan, including their desire to revisit the supreme courts current interpretation of the second amendment, enshrined in the Heller decision.While Beto agrees with the courts holding that the second amendment allows for regulation, he does not agree with the entirety of the Heller decision, said Aleigha Cavalier, ORourkes national press secretary. One piece of the Heller case Beto believes should be revisited is the courts decision to strike down DCs safe storage requirements.Americas gun debate may soon actually have two sides.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 01:00:08 -0400
Fear grips Bangladesh camp as 2 Rohingya refugees killed

Fear grips Bangladesh camp as 2 Rohingya refugees killedBangladesh police said they had shot dead two Rohingya refugees during a gunfight in a refugee camp on Saturday after the pair were accused of killing a ruling party official. Nearly a million Rohingya live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2017 military offensive against the Muslim minority in Myanmar. The incident comes two days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, which saw not a single Rohingya turn up to return across the border to conflict-scarred Rakhine state.

Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:56:30 -0400
Cannibal trial: Man accused of raping, murdering and eating parts of ex-girlfriend's body granted mistrial

Cannibal trial: Man accused of raping, murdering and eating parts of ex-girlfriend's body granted mistrialThe trial of a man accused of raping, murdering and eating parts of his ex-girlfriend's body has ended in a mistrial.Joseph Oberhansley, 38, is facing life in prison without parole on charges of murder, rape and burglary after prosecutors say he stalked, raped, and killed 46-year-old Tammy Jo Blanton before eating parts of her body in 2014.

Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:52:22 -0400
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