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U.S. students protest gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers

Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages. The unprecedented lobbying effort by groups of teenagers and parents at the White House and at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee played out as f...


Trump moves to outlaw 'bump stocks,' considers other steps after Florida shooting

President Donald trump said on Tuesday his administration would take steps to ban an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute as he considers additional firearms restrictions after last weeks school shooting in Florida. Tightening gun laws would mark a change in course for Trump, who has championed gun rights during his campaign and presidency. The mass shooting at a ...


Head bowed, Florida shooting suspect returns to court for hearing

A former student accused of last weeks deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanized advocates of stricter gun control, including many of the rampage survivors. Nikolas Cruz, his head bowed, hands shackled at his waist and wearing a red, jail-issued jumpsuit, showed no emotion during the procedural session in Fort Lauderdale. ...


Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

Stunned by the deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history, students mobilized across the country on Sunday to organize rallies and a national walkout in support of stronger gun laws, challenging politicians they say have failed to protect them. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a former student is accused of murdering 17 people on Wednesday using an assault-style rif...


U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscows purported effort to interfere. The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian comp...


Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president for summit: South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North and has pushed for a diplomatic solut...


Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The Trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...


Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits
Source: Reuters

Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

The Trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a pote...


Amtrak blames freight train firm for deadly South Carolina crash
Source: Reuters

Amtrak blames freight train firm for deadly South Carolina crash

Amtrak blamed a freight rail operator for causing a crash on Sunday that killed two people and injured more than 100 others when one of its passenger trains was diverted onto a side track and slammed into a parked, unmanned freight train in South Carolina. In the U.S. passenger rail operators third fatal crash in as many months, Amtrak Train 91, carrying nine crew members and 136 passengers, wa...


Trump will host Australian PM Turnbull at White House on February 23

U.S. President Donald trump will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on Feb. 23, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. The president and prime minister will discuss a range of shared bilateral, regional, and global priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth, and expanding security and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific...


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