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  1. Florida Governor Rick Scott listens during a meeting with law enforcement, mental health, and education officials ? about how to prevent future tragedies in the wake of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ? at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, US, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Colin Hackley PARKLAND: Florida Governor Rick Scott, a loyal ally of the U.S. gun lobby under mounting pressure to act in the aftermath of last week?s deadly mass shooting, urged state lawmakers on Friday to tighten access to firearms for young people and the mentally disturbed. Scott said he would work with the Republican-controlled legislature over the next two weeks to raise the minimum legal age for buying any gun in Florida from 18 to 21, with some exceptions for younger individuals serving in the military or law enforcement. That proposal put the Republican governor at odds with the National Rifle Association, which has opposed higher age limits in Florida, where a person must be at least 21 to buy a handgun but can be as young as 18 to purchase an assault rifle. But Scott, who has been endorsed by the NRA and received its highest rating for supporting the rights of gun owners, said he opposed an outright ban on assault rifles, as some gun control advocates have demanded. His plan closely mirrored proposed measures unveiled on Friday by leaders of the state legislature. The 17 people slain on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Parkland were shot with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault weapon, which authorities say was purchased legally last year by the accused gunman, Nikolas Cruz, when he was 18 years of age. Cruz, now 19, a former Stoneman Douglas student who authorities said had a history of run-ins with the law and was expelled from school for disciplinary problems, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Broward County Sheriff?s Office have since acknowledged receiving several tips over the past two years from callers saying they had reason to believe Cruz was inclined to commit a school shooting. In addition to age limits, Scott said he wanted to change state laws to make it ?virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun,? echoing similar calls by U.S. President Donald Trump. The governor called in particular for a new program allowing a family member, police officer or community welfare expert to seek a special court order barring the purchase or possession of a firearm by anyone shown to pose a safety threat due to mental illness or violent behavior. Scott also urged that state laws on involuntary commitment of the mentally ill be amended so that anyone hospitalized by court order is stripped of all access to firearms, with a court hearing required before their gun rights could be restored. Renewed focus on background checks Federal law bars possession of firearms by anyone found by a court or other legal authority to be a danger to themselves or others. Convicted felons, fugitives and people with a record of drug addiction also are banned from owning guns. But many states have been slow in furnishing mental health records to the FBI database used in flagging prospective buyers who are supposed to be prohibited from owning a weapon. The governor?s proposals come amid a reignited national debate on gun rights, led in part by some of the student survivors of last week?s massacre, ranked as the second deadliest U.S. public school shooting on record. Students and parents calling for tougher gun controls traveled earlier this week to meet with politicians in Tallahassee, the state capital, and with Trump at the White House. Trump has suggested arming teachers as a way of curbing gun violence in schools, as advocated by the NRA. He has also called for raising the legal age for buying rifles nationally to 21, and for beefing up background checks on prospective gun buyers. On Capitol Hill on Friday, a group of 18 House Republicans urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on legislation strengthening background checks. The legislation already passed the House in December. But it was coupled with a controversial measure aimed at significantly expanding permits for carrying concealed weapons. The group of House Republicans urged Ryan to bring it to the House floor as a stand-alone bill so that it will have a greater chance of approval by the Senate and enactment into law. Scott also called for a mandatory law enforcement officer in every public school and for mandatory ?active shooter training? for students and faculty. He spoke as staff members were returning to Stoneman Douglas High School for the first time since the massacre. ?Everything was quiet, and looked like it was frozen in time,? said Greg Pittman, a social studies teacher. Some colleagues were still too shaken to return, he said. Outside the school, some teachers gazed at the flowers and makeshift memorials to the victims. One woman who brought balloons to add to the memorials fell to her knees in tears. Students are due to return to class next Wednesday, two weeks after the shooting. The building where the shooting occurred will remain closed. In remarks to reporters on Friday, Trump criticized the armed sheriff?s deputy assigned to the school for doing a ?poor job.? The deputy, Scot Peterson, resigned after an internal investigation found he failed to go inside and confront the shooter, the Broward County sheriff said on Thursday. ?When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn?t have the courage or something happened,? Trump said. Gun control advocates welcomed Scott?s steps to tighten laws, but some wanted more. Julie Kessel, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, told reporters that Scott?s proposals were ?very small, incremental changes.? ?None of them gets to the heart of what would really change gun violence, which is to ban assault weapons and close these loopholes immediately in background checks,? Kessel said.
  2. A student hoists a sign as hundreds of high school and middle school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia staged walkouts and gather in front of the Capitol in support of gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting, Washington, US, February 21, 2018. AFP/Olivier Douliery NEW YORK: In the wake of the Florida school shooting, survivors like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have become faces of the fight for US gun control ? and targets for far-right pundits and conspiracy theorists who paint the students as puppets of the political left. In a polarized climate where the most fervent supporters of President Donald Trump are quick to cry "fake news," the students had barely started calling for action to stop mass shootings when wild theories began swirling on the far-right internet. At the forefront were websites Infowars and The Gateway Pundit ? known for relaying bogus theories including the notion that the shooting of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax. "Evidence mounts Florida attack is a giant false flag," ran the title of one video on Infowars. Gateway Pundit lashed out at "string-pullers" it said were manipulating the students, in support of a "vehemently anti-gun, anti-American, and anti-Trump" agenda. The site namely implicated organizers of the "Women?s March" ? which has voiced support for a student-led gun control march on Washington on March 24. #CrisisActors, #ParklandHoax Hogg, a student journalist and one of the movement?s most visible faces, and Gonzalez, who called out Donald Trump over his links to the National Rifle Association in an impassioned televised address last weekend, have been on the receiving end of particularly fierce attacks. Infowars alleged the pair were coached by CNN ? the cable network regularly assailed by the American right for its supposed liberal bias ? interpreting their ease in front of the camera as evidence they were in reality "crisis actors" working on behalf of the far left. Meanwhile, Hogg?s father?s status as a retired FBI agent ? an organization in Trump?s crosshairs over its probe into Russian meddling in his election campaign ? served as further conspiracy fodder. A YouTube video presenting the theory was the site?s most shared footage Tuesday with around 200,000 views ? before it was taken down. Similar allegations were circulating on social media under the hashtags #CrisisActors and #ParklandHoax, triggering immediate calls for the accounts to be blocked. Still, another Parkland survivor, Cameron Kasky, who launched the movement?s rallying cry #NeverAgain, said Wednesday he was suspending his Facebook account after receiving death threats from radical supporters of the National Rifle Association. ?Unbelievable? Conservative anchor Bill O?Reilly ? who was fired by Fox News last year over sexual harassment allegations, but still broadcasts on his website and to his 2.6 million Twitter followers ? also questioned the movement?s genesis. "The national press believes it is their job to destroy the Trump administration by any means necessary. So if the media has to use kids to do that, they?ll use kids," he wrote on his website Tuesday. The theories reached the president?s inner circle as president?s son Donald Trump Jr "liked" two tweets related to Gateway Pundit?s accusations against Hogg, according to the site Trump Alert which tracks the family?s activity on Twitter. And in Florida, Republican lawmaker Shawn Harrison on Tuesday fired an aide who repeated the crisis actor allegations on his Twitter account. Harrison said he was "appalled" by the comments. Questioned by CNN about the accusations, Hogg simply dismissed them as "unbelievable." "I am not a crisis actor," he said. "I am somebody who had to witness this and live through this and I continue to have to do that."
  3. US President Donald Trump talks about banning devices that can be attached to semiautomatic guns to make them automatic, during a Public Safety Medal of Valor Awards Ceremony at the White House in Washington, US, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Tuesday his administration would take steps to outlaw an accessory that enables a rifle to shoot hundreds of rounds a minute, as the White House added he may consider other firearms restrictions after last week?s school shooting in Florida. ?Just a few moments ago, I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,? Trump told a White House event. The move would bypass Congress, where legislation to ban ?bump stocks? has failed to advance since an October massacre in Las Vegas that killed 58 people. It puts Trump at odds with powerful gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association that previously opposed efforts to ban them. The president?s announcement came shortly after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said he would consider raising the minimum age for buyers of the assault-style rifle used last week by a teenage gunman in the fatal shooting of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The White House said on Monday that Trump also supported legislation that would tighten the national criminal background check system for gun buyers. Those steps fall far short of what gun-control advocates have called for but would mark a change in course for Trump, who courted the support of gun rights groups during his 2016 presidential bid and has loosened gun ownership rules since taking office.
  4. Nikolas Cruz, facing 17 charges of premeditated murder in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, appears in court for a status hearing before Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, Feb 19, 2018. Photo: Reuters FORT LAUDERDALE: A former student accused of last week?s deadly shooting at a Florida high school returned to court for a hearing on Monday in a case that has galvanised 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. The hearing ended with Broward Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Scherer ruling that a defence motion filed last week remain sealed from public view. The content of the motion, sealed by another judge, was not described in the hearing. In a second hearing, Broward Circuit Court Judge Charles Greene ordered the release of parts of a mental health assessment of Cruz by the Florida Department of Children and Families in November 2016. The report has already been leaked to South Florida?s Sun Sentinel newspaper. 17 killed in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody Live television showed dozens of students running and walking away from the school Cruz, who did not attend the second hearing, is facing 17 counts of premeditated murder after the attack on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale. It is the deadliest shooting ever at a US high school. The suspect, whose mother died in November, was investigated by authorities after videos surfaced on the social media platform Snapchat showing him cutting himself, the assessment by the Department of Children and Families said. ?Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms. Cruz stated he plans to go out and buy a gun. It is unknown what he is buying the gun for,? the released report said. In a statement, department secretary Mike Carroll said the records showed Cruz was getting mental health services before, during and after the assessment. Cruz was living with his mother and attending school when it concluded, he said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged it failed to act on a tip called in last month warning that Cruz possessed a gun and the desire to kill. Trump turns on FBI over school shooting after criticism from survivors 'They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign' Greene agreed to the request by Cruz?s team of public defenders to release the assessment. But he stopped short of allowing the release of details of Cruz?s mental health history and child abuse records. Student survivors gathered with teachers and gun safety advocates to plan a visit to the state capital of Tallahassee on Wednesday. They will demand state lawmakers enact a ban on the sale of assault weapons in Florida. The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases. Trump angered some students by suggesting in a tweet on Saturday that the FBI had missed signs that the shooter was troubled because it was distracted by its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
  5. It's all over the news, and you'd have to be living under a rock to be unaware of how momentous SpaceX's recent Falcon Heavy flight was. We've always assumed space (still the final frontier) to be the sole preserve of super-high-tech government institutions. For many of us, NASA (which has probably starred in as many blockbuster movies as it's had successful launches) remains the automatic answer to the question “What's the big news from the world of space exploration”, the Soviet Union had its own massive space program (now inherited by Russia), and closer home, there's ISRO which has managed significant feats on a shoestring budget - the Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan programmes were absolutely remarkable. But as the SpaceX launch showed (it was even live streamed online!), the private sector's not really sitting this one out. Loads of ventures from across the world are plunging into this business. Why? First, governments the world over are always short of cash, and second, startups that are defined by out-of-the-box thinking just seem perfect for something that's as 'it's true but it still seems like magic' as space exploration. © tesla Of course, it's not all good news - it's been a long, hard journey for SpaceX, its competitors - Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites' have even suffered a fatality (a test pilot was killed in 2014), while the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a competition for small teams to see who could successfully carry out a 'moonshot' has been cancelled. (You'll be pleased to know Indian X Prize hopeful Team Indus says it won't be abandoning its plans and will look elsewhere for the moolah). SpaceX Leads The Race If there's a poster child for the private space race, it's SpaceX. The brainchild of Elon 'are you sure he's human?' Musk, SpaceX aims at colonising Mars to prepare for a future where humans may have to look beyond the earth. In just over a decade and a half, SpaceX has come a long way, with its Falcon Heavy demonstration showing it was close to perfecting reusable launch vehicles - which could revolutionise space exploration thanks to lower costs. But SpaceX has a lot more going on than just shooting Tesla Roadsters into space - it's partnered with NASA to build a cargo delivery ship for the International Space Station, is working on a manned space module, and will also be launching top-secret payloads for the US government and military. Don't forget Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin © thedrive But SpaceX is not the only game in town. Okay, it's been grabbing more eyeballs than anyone else, but don't discount Blue Origin, which is the baby of yet another tech titan - Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin has been hard at work developing the New Shepard, a manned space module, and, in fact, beat SpaceX in the race to demonstrate a reusable launch vehicle. Currently, Blue Origin is working on a bigger rocket, New Glenn, which will reach low earth and geostationary orbits and have a reusable first stage. Fancy A Space Holiday? Virgin Galactic Could Make It Happen Part of the Virgin Group (headed by another eccentric genius, Sir Richard Branson - do you spot some sort of pattern here?), Virgin Galactic works in partnership with another private space company - Scaled Composites - and has built suborbital spacecraft (SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo). While a large part of Virgin Galactic's efforts has to do with space tourism, they're not ignoring commercial satellite launches and the potential of using suborbital craft for insanely quick flights across the planet. Unified Launch Alliance - The Aerospace Industry Hits Back © newssweek Consider the Unified Launch Alliance as the Goliath of the space world. These chaps aren't mad-scientist geniuses or startup titans with an insane vision. No, these are the people who've already been to the stars and have been a part of the US space programme since its inception. Who are we talking about? Well, the ULA is a collaboration between Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Can't get any bigger than that, can it? As of now, the ULA is participating in NASA's Space Launch System programme and is working on developing the United States' Atlas and Delta series launchers for future use. What Else Is Happening? Plenty, for starters. There's Rocket Lab, which is focusing on launching small, low-cost satellites and Axiom Space, which was founded by a team of space veterans and is trying to build a new space station to replace the ISS (scheduled to be decommissioned on 2024. Meanwhile, NASA has also partnered with Lockheed Martin and Airbus to work on Orion spacecraft to deliver supplies to the ISS, while Orbital ATK builds and launches the Cygnus, an unmanned, automated supply ship for the ISS. All pretty cool, isn't it? We might be a million light years away from the kind of future you'll see in the movies, but come on, you have got to admit that with some of today's brightest, coolest companies working hard to make space exploration even more accessible, we're guaranteed headlines that make us marvel at human ingenuity!
  6. US President Donald Trump said Saturday the FBI was so caught up in the Russia probe that it failed to heed signs which could have prevented the Parkland school shooting. Photo: AFP file FORT LAUDERDALE: US President Donald Trump said Saturday the FBI was so caught up in the Russia probe that it failed to heed signs which could have prevented the Parkland school shooting. His comments came as he faces criticism from survivors of the attack over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, and after several thousand rallied in Florida to demand urgent action on gun control. "Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," he wrote on Twitter. "They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!" US authorities have come under mounting scrutiny for failing to act on a series of warning signs ahead of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which 17 people were killed. The FBI admitted Friday it received a chilling warning in January from a tipster who said the gunman Nikolas Cruz could be planning a mass shooting, but that agents failed to follow up. But the attack, the 18th school shooting this year alone, has also renewed calls for greater gun control with several survivors leading the charge. One of them, 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez delivered a fiery address to a crowd of students, parents and residents in Ft. Lauderdale. "To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" she thundered, assailing Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby. The crowd chanted in turn: "Shame on you!" "We are going to be the last mass shooting... We are going to change the law," she vowed -- slamming the fact 19-year-old Cruz was able to legally buy a semi-automatic firearm despite a history of troubling and violent behavior. "The question on whether or not people should be allowed to own an automatic weapon is not a political one. It is question of life or death and it needs to stop being a question of politics," Gonzalez told AFP following her speech. In Washington, the political response has made clear that the powerful NRA pro-gun lobby remains formidable, while Trump himself suggested the root cause of mass shootings was a crisis of mental health -- making no mention of gun control. "If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and... how nothing is going to be done about it, I´m going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association," Gonzalez said in her impassioned address. "It doesn´t matter because I already know. Thirty million," she said, citing the sum spent by the NRA to support Trump´s election bid and defeat Hillary Clinton. She then ran through a list of the pro-gun lobby´s talking points -- for example, that "a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun," that no law could ever stop a madman intent on killing -- answering each argument with "We call BS." The young woman´s powerful address immediately went viral, with her name a top trending topic on Twitter. Missed warnings In addition to the FBI´s missteps, Cruz was also known to local police after his mother repeatedly reported him for violent outbursts, while records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel show authorities investigated Cruz in 2016 after he cut his arms on messaging app Snapchat and threatened to buy a gun. The newspaper, citing Department of Children and Family Services documents, said the investigation came four days after Cruz turned 18 -- legally an adult, and thus able to buy a firearm. Investigators said there were "some implications" for the teen´s safety, but concluded that his "final level of risk is low as (he) resides with his mother, attends school and receives counselling" as an outpatient at a mental health centre, the Sun Sentinel said. Cruz later passed a background check, allowing him in February 2017 to buy the AR-15 rifle used in the massacre. Russia probe Trump spoke by phone Saturday with the Parkland mayor, the county commissioner and the principal of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to express his condolences and offer his support. He then pivoted to politics late Saturday with his allegations against the FBI -- though the federal government´s investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and collusion with the Trump campaign has been led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller since last May. There was no immediate response from the FBI to Trump´s latest allegation. Mueller´s investigation has so far swept up four members of Trump´s campaign, with two agreeing to work for the probe under a plea deal. On Thursday Mueller indicted 13 Russians for allegedly running a secret campaign to tilt the vote, but did not accuse any Americans of knowingly participating in that effort.
  7. Protesters hold signs at a gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US, February 17, 2018. AFP/Rhona Wise CORAL SPRINGS: When the gunshots rang out at her Florida high school, Lorena Sanabria hid in a classroom with friends, forced to listen to the blood-curdling screams of victims as they waited for help and prayed they wouldn?t be next. Now, Lorena, 16, is among a new wave of survivors determined to add their uniquely powerful voices to the cause of gun control, which has failed to make headway despite the alarming frequency of such attacks in the United States. Seventeen perished and more than a dozen were wounded in the hail of bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the latest mass shooting to devastate a small US community and renew calls for gun control. In an emotional interview in which she frequently fought back tears, the dark-haired teen admitted that despite a keen interest in women?s rights and equality, she had never considered herself particularly interested in politics ? until now. "I think that now more than ever, us as students, we should use our voice, you know the voices through the cameras ? we should use this to speak directly to the government... and beg them to please make changes to the policies," she told AFP. Among the policies Lorena wants to see reformed are the ease with which Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old gunman behind the massacre, was able to purchase his military-grade AR-15 assault rifle legally because he did not have a criminal record. "It shouldn?t be normal that parents should be worrying about sending their kids with bulletproof backpacks" to school, she added. Demand has reportedly surged for such backpacks in the aftermath of the shooting, which online giant Amazon sells from $140 up. New visibility Since January 2013, there have been at least 291 school shootings across the country ? an average of one a week, according to the non-profit group Everytown for Gun Safety. But the Parkland massacre has been distinguished by students? new willingness to step into the media glare and grant interviews that are particularly critical of the Republican Party and its deep financial ties to the powerful National Rifle Association lobby. In an eloquent essay published online, 17-year-old student Cameron Kasky blasted both Republican and Democratic politicians for not doing anything. "We can?t ignore the issues of gun control that this tragedy raises," he wrote. "And so, I?m asking ? no, demanding ? we take action now." President Donald Trump, who received $30 million from the NRA during his election campaign, has suggested root cause of mass shootings including the Parkland massacre was a crisis of mental health ? and defied calls to address gun control. Marco Rubio, a Florida senator who himself has received large NRA donations, has also been dismissive toward stricter gun controls, saying that someone planning an attack "will figure out a way to evade those (gun) laws." Such arguments get short shrift from Lorena. "Look at other countries," she argued. "You have to go through a process and tests, mental tests, background checks, you have to get through so much just to get a small gun, not a rifle, not a AR-15." Lorena said that what hurt her the most was that under current laws, repeated warnings to authorities about a person?s erratic behaviour cannot factor into their ability to own a firearm. Cruz was reported to local police by his late mother on numerous occasions, CNN reported Friday, while the FBI has also admitted it did not follow up on a tip about him. As Lorena and her classmates hunkered down beneath the tables and chairs of their classroom that fateful Wednesday afternoon, glued to their phones, the revelation of the shooter?s identity was far from shocking. "Everyone was just like, ?We?re not surprised, we?re not surprised that it was him,?" she recalled. "You know, he had shown signs that he would do something like this including his Instagram pictures. He was fetishizing killing animals and you know, showing off his guns, and just the fact that people weren?t surprised, it makes you think, you know."
  8. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/f7072551930376a5823318133f56ea0a.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xNi8yMDE4IDU6MTQ6NDUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT0xZU1lNHoyeVZJSmxzUGtDNEptZllnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] PARKLAND: A troubled teen has confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida, court documents showed Thursday, as the FBI admitted it had received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman yet failed to stop him. As Americans reeled from the country´s worst school massacre since the horror at Sandy Hook six years ago, President Donald Trump suggested the root cause of the violence was a crisis of mental health -- and defied calls to address gun control. Terrified students hid in closets and under desks on Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, texting for help as the gunman, Nikolas Cruz, stalked the school with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle. Cruz has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, appearing Thursday afternoon via video link before a judge who ordered him held without bond. More than a dozen other people were injured in the shooting spree. "Today is a day of healing. Today is a day of mourning," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. After being read his legal rights, "Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallways and on the school grounds," court documents showed. Cruz also admitted to police that he discarded his rifle -- which he bought legally in Florida -- and tactical gear in order to blend in with the crowd to flee the campus, the documents showed. After the shooting, he stopped at a Wal-Mart and then McDonald´s, Israel told reporters. He was detained 40 minutes later, after police identified him using school security camera footage. In a somber televised address to the nation in response to the 18th school shooting so far this year, Trump vowed to make mental health a priority -- after tweeting about the "many signs" the gunman was "mentally disturbed" -- while avoiding any talk of gun curbs. Earlier in the day, Trump had asserted that "neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!" Expelled from school for disciplinary reasons, Cruz was known to be fixated on firearms -- and had reportedly been identified as a potential threat to his classmates. But US authorities themselves were under scrutiny, after the FBI confirmed it was alerted last September to a message posted on YouTube, in which a user named Nikolas Cruz vowed: "I´m going to be a professional school shooter." In a statement, the FBI said it had carried out "database reviews and other checks" but was unable to identify the person who made the post. ´Something was off´ A mugshot of Cruz depicts an ordinary-looking young man -- cleanly-cut chestnut hair, hazel eyes, his face speckled with freckles. But the information emerging since his attack suggests there were red flags that should have set off danger alerts. "I met him last year, he was in my class at the beginning of the year and when I first met him, I knew that something was off about him and he was kind of weird," Manolo Alvarez, 17, told AFP. Fellow students knew he posted violent messages online, and on Thursday the Anti-Defamation League reported he was a member of a white supremacist group and had taken part in military-style training exercises. White supremacist says Florida shooter was group member Expelled from school for disciplinary reasons, Cruz was known to have firearms at home Fifteen people were killed at the high school, and two later died in hospital. One of those killed was Aaron Feis, a well-loved football coach in Parkland, a city of about 30,000 people located north of Miami where Trump was due to travel to meet the shocked community. Many others were first-year students at the school like Gina Montalto, who was a member of the school´s winter color guard squad. Thousands of people turned out at numerous vigils throughout the day. Officials released silver balloons in honor of the 17 victims. "President Trump, please do something. Do something. Action. We need it now. These kids need safety now," an emotional Lori Aldaheff, whose daughter Alyssa was among the dead, told CNN. ´We have to change´ While the latest shooting reignited questions about America´s gun laws, Trump -- the first president to have addressed the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby -- staunchly opposes any additional controls. Opponents of gun curbs have sought to steer public debate onto the motives -- and mental health -- of people using the weapons. Former Democratic president Barack Obama issued a new appeal for action Thursday, insisting "we have to change" and calling for "long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want." But many have given up hope of meaningful reform in a majority-led Republican Congress driven by partisan rancor. Since January 2013, there have been at least 291 school shootings across the country -- an average of one a week, according to the non-profit group Everytown for Gun Safety. "It is pretty clear that we´re failing our kids here," said Melissa Falkowski, a teacher who squeezed 19 students into a closet at the high school to shield them from harm.
  9. Police tape blocks a visitor´s entrance to the headquarters of the National Security Agency (NSA) after a shooting incident at the entrance in Fort Meade. -AFP WASHINGTON: The shooting incident on Wednesday at the headquarters of the US National Security Agency outside Washington does not appear to be a terror attack, an FBI official said. "There is no indication that this has a nexus to terrorism," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson. Three people were arrested after their vehicle crashed at the entrance to the ultra-secret US spy agency in Fort Meade, Maryland, Johnson said. One of the three was injured and sent to a hospital, and the other two are in custody. Two other people ? an NSA police official and a bystander ? were also injured and sent to hospital, he said. Shots were fired early Wednesday at the ultra-secret National Security Agency, the US electronic spying agency outside Washington, leaving one person injured, officials said. Aerial footage of the scene from NBC News showed a black SUV with numerous bullet holes in its windshield crashed into concrete barriers at the main entrance to the NSA's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The images showed what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs. "The situation is under control and there is no ongoing security or safety threat," the NSA said. "We can confirm there has been one person injured and we don't know how the injuries occurred," an NSA spokesman told AFP. The local ABC television affiliate put the number of injured at three and said a suspect was arrested. The Baltimore office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is handling the investigation, said the incident "has been contained." A law enforcement source told AFP that it was too soon to know whether the incident was an attack on the facility or otherwise. They are "still trying to ascertain the facts," the source said. "The president has been briefed on the shooting at Ft Meade," the White House said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected." 'Puzzle Palace' The NSA is the premier US signals intelligence agency, eavesdropping on electronic communications and hacking computers of US adversaries and suspects worldwide, and also protects US communications and information systems from cyber attack. The agency was thrust into the spotlight in 2013 when former contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of its global surveillance programs, including its collection of data on Americans. Its compound, known as the "Puzzle Palace" - located about 32 kilometers northeast of Washington - is highly secure. In March 2015, guards at the NSA gate opened fire on an SUV which did not heed orders to stop, killing the driver and wounding a passenger. The two involved, it turned out, were men dressed as women who made a wrong turn into a restricted lane and may have refused to stop because, it later turned out, there were drugs in their vehicle. The leading US spy agencies installed heavy security at their facilities after an assault rifle-wielding man opened fire on cars waiting to enter the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters compound in McLean, Virginia in January 1993. Two CIA employees were killed and three wounded. The man, Aimal Kasi, was eventually arrested and convicted of murder and executed in 2002. In 2016, a man drove his car into a fence gate at the CIA headquarters, claiming he was an agency recruit. He was arrested but was found to be mentally unstable, and only received 30 days in jail and a fine.
  10. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters is located outside Washington in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: A shooting erupted Wednesday outside the suburban Washington headquarters of the National Security Agency, a secretive intelligence organisation responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping, leaving at least one person injured, officials said. NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs outside the NSA facility in Fort Meade, Maryland. A black SUV appeared to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle?s front windows. "We can confirm there has been one person injured and we don?t know how the injuries occurred," an NSA spokesman told AFP. The local ABC affiliate put the number of injured at three and said a suspect was arrested. The NSA said the situation was under control, advising motorists that a highway leading to the complex was closed in both direction "due to a police investigation." "The president has been briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade," the White House said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected." A law enforcement source said the FBI?s Baltimore office was handling the investigation but it was "too soon to tell" whether it was an attack. They are "still trying to ascertain the facts," the source said. Known as the "Puzzle Palace," the NSA is the nerve center for US electronic espionage as well as the main protector of US communications and information systems from cyber attack. The agency was thrust into the spotlight in 2013 when former contractor Edward Snowden leaked details of its global surveillance programs, including its collection of data on Americans. Snowden has been charged with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property. He now lives in exile in Russia. The NSA was the scene of a similar incident in March 2015 when police fired on an SUV, killing the driver and wounding a passenger after they failed to obey orders to stop at its heavily guarded entrance. In that incident, the two men in the Ford SUV were dressed in women?s clothes "but not in an attempt to disguise themselves from authorities," an FBI spokeswoman said at the time.
  11. The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters is located outside Washington in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: A shooting erupted Wednesday outside the headquarters of the National Security Agency, a secretive intelligence organization responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping in the suburbs of Washington, the White House confirmed. NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs outside the NSA facility in Fort Meade, Maryland. The local ABC affiliate reported that three people were injured and a suspect was arrested. A black SUV appeared to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle´s front windows. The NSA said the situation was under control. "The president has been briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade," the White House said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected."
  12. The black car Alfa Romeo ? of a young man suspected of wounding several foreign nationals in a drive-by shooting ? is blocked by police and Carabibieri enforcement in Macerata, Italy, February 3, 2018. AFP/Giuseppe Bellini/Files1 MACERATA: A far-right supporter suspected of wounding six Africans in a shooting spree in central Italy said the "trigger" for his attacks was the murder of an Italian woman allegedly by a Nigerian asylum seeker, media reports said Sunday, with immigration shaping up to be a key issue in elections a month from now. Luca Traini was arrested and taken into custody after drive-by attacks in the town of Macerata wounded five men and one woman from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria on Saturday. The shootings came a day after a Nigerian asylum-seeker and drug dealer was arrested in the same town for the murder of an 18-year-old woman, whose dismembered body was discovered in suitcases. "I was driving to the gym when I heard on the radio about the 18-year-old girl," the daily Corriere della Sera quoted Traini as telling investigators. "Instinctively I turned around, I went home, I opened the safe and took the pistol and decided to kill them all." After the shootings, Traini, 28, allegedly got out of his car, made a fascist salute with a tricolour Italian flag draped over his shoulders and shouted "Viva Italia", or "Long Live Italy", and "Italy for Italians", media reports said. Police who raided his mother?s home found far-right literature, including a copy of Adolf Hitler?s manifesto "Mein Kampf" and a book by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the attack was part of a culture "of right-wing extremism with clear reference to fascism and Nazism" and deplored that the sole link between the victims was "the colour of their skin". He said the "criminal act" was prompted by "racial hatred" and had been prepared in advance. Terror spree With elections looming on March 4, right-wing former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday said immigration was a "social bomb ready to explode in Italy," adding that the Macerata shooting posed a "security problem". Matteo Salvini, head of the far-right anti-immigration Northern League party ? an ally of Berlusconi?s centre-right Forza Italia ? on Saturday condemned the shooting spree but also said the "invasion of migrants" was at the root of a "social clash". On Sunday he said Italians were not racist but wanted to "live and work peacefully... in a civil country". According to opinion polls, an alliance between Forza Italia, the Northern League and the post-fascist Fratelli d?Italia (Italian Brothers) leads opinion polls with more than 35 percent ahead of next month?s elections. Traini allegedly opened fire in eight areas in Macerata and also targeted the office of the centre-left Democratic Party in a two-hour terror spree in the sleepy town of 43,000 people, press reports said. One victim was seriously injured in the thorax, the reports said. The other five had lesser injuries. A Nigerian man who was shot in the thigh while buying cigarettes on the street, telling a television channel from his hospital bed that he was in great pain, adding: "It?s very serious." Traini is a member of the Northern League and ran in local elections last year. Media reports said police found a gun in his car, a black Alfa Romeo. ?Hate will not divide us? Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni meanwhile made a pitch for unity after Saturday?s incident, saying: "Hate and violence will not divide us." Italy is a favoured landing point on Europe?s southern coastline for migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, often aboard unseaworthy boats, to enter the continent. But 2017 was a turning point for Italy: the country went from large-scale arrivals in the first six months to a sharp drop-off, thanks to controversial agreement between the EU and Libya. Some 119,000 people landed in Italy last year, down 35 percent on 2016.
  13. The black car Alfa Romeo of the young man suspected of wounding several foreign nationals in a drive-by shooting is blocked by police and Carabinieri enforcement at Macerata. -AFP ROME: A shaven-headed far-right supporter wounded six foreigners Saturday in a brazen drive-by shooting in central Italy and was later arrested, police and local officials said. After the morning assault in the town of Macerata, the suspect got out of his car, made a fascist salute with a tricolour Italian flag draped over his shoulders and shouted "Viva Italia", or "Long Live Italy", witnesses said. He opened fire in eight areas in the town and also targeted the office of the centre-left Democratic Party, press reports said. "Six people were injured and all of them are foreigners," said town mayor Romano Carancini after the shooting spree spread panic in the sleepy town of 43,000 people. Police confirmed in a tweet that "the wounded persons were of foreign nationality", adding that the "presumed author of the attack is Italian". Television footage showed the suspect being arrested at the town´s war memorial. Police also posted a photo of the capture. Italian media identified the man as Luca Traini, 28, and said he was a member of the far-right anti-immigration Northern League party, who had run in local elections last year. Media reports said police found a gun in the man's vehicle, a black Alfa Romeo. "Someone who shoots is a delinquent, irrespective of the colour of his skin," said Northern league chief Matteo Salvini, in full campaign mode ahead of legislative elections on March 4. "I'm in a hurry to be in government to bring back security, social justice and serenity to Italy," he said. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni meanwhile made a pitch for unity, saying: "Hate and violence will not divide us." The attack comes a day after a Nigerian asylum-seeker and drug dealer was arrested in Macerata over the gruesome killing of an 18-year-old Italian woman whose dismembered body was discovered in suitcases earlier this week. 'Hate will not divide us' Police found the clothes of the victim, Pamela Mastropietro, in the house of the 29-year-old Nigerian as well as a bloodstained knife. However, no official link has been made between the two incidents. Italians head to the polls in national elections next month, with immigration shaping up to be a key issue. The country is a favoured landing point on Europe's southern coastline for migrants making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean, often aboard unseaworthy boats, to enter the continent. But 2017 was a turning point for Italy: the country went from large-scale arrivals in the first six months to a sharp drop-off, thanks to the controversial agreement between the EU and Libya. Some 119,000 people landed in Italy last year, down 35 percent on 2016. The Northern League is part of a populist coalition tipped to do well in the elections. According to opinion polls, the alliance between ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi´s centre-right Forza Italia (Go Italy), the post-fascist Fratelli d´Italia (Italian Brothers) and the Northern League leads with more than 35 percent ahead of the March 4 vote.
  14. Bollywood's fashionista Sonam Kapoor is excited to share screen space for first time with the father Anil Kapoor for the first time in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Bollywood's fashionista Sonam Kapoor is excited to share screen space for first time with the father Anil Kapoor for the first time in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. The actress announced her new film going on the floors by sharing a picture of the clap from its sets. On Instagram, she wrote along, ?Ek Ladki ko dekha! My first shot with my father after 10 years in this industry! Thank you @shellychopradhar for writing something compelling enough for me to take the plunge and thank you #vidhuvinodchopra for making it happen!? Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a line from the popular song from Sonam?s father Anil Kapoor's iconic film 1942: A Love Story. The movie is being directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra?s sister, Shelly Dhar and it also stars Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao. Earlier, Sonam Kapoor had tweeted, ?Looking forward to being your on-screen daughter @AnilKapoor .@foxstarhindi presents ?Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga? releasing Oct 12! Produced by #VidhuVinodChopra & #RajkumarHiraniFilms. Best of luck #ShellyChopraDhar on her directorial debut! @RajkummarRao @iam_juhi #ELKDTAL.? Anil Kapoor posted an interesting reply to this and said: ?There was a time when you flatly refused to work with me & now look where we are! You must be looking forward, but I?m nervous as hell! @sonamakapoor #ELKDTAL.? The movie is expected to release later this year on October 12.
  15. The scene of shooting in Marshall County High School, Benton, Kentucky, US, January 23, 2018. Reuters TV/CBS /via REUTERS1 BENTON: A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun inside his high school in rural western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding a dozen other youths before he was arrested, the state?s governor and police said. The shooting began shortly before 8 AM CST at Marshall County High School in Benton, a small farming town about 210 kilometres (130 miles) northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, according to Kentucky State Police and Governor Matt Bevin. Authorities declined to discuss possible motives for the shooting. There was no immediate indication of how well the suspect knew the victims, but officials said he was believed to have acted alone and faces multiple charges of murder and attempted murder. ?There?s no good answer for it,? Bevin told reporters at a news conference. ?There?s 1,000 hypotheses we?re not going to go into.? The bloodshed at the school, where nearly 1,150 students are enrolled, was the latest outbreak of gun violence that has become a regular occurrence at schools and college campuses across the United States over the past several years. Tuesday?s rampage occurred just 52 kilometres (32 miles) from Heath High School in West Paducah, Kentucky, where, in 1997, a 14-year-old boy opened fire on a group of students, killing three. At Marshall County High, 14 students were hit by gunfire, two of them fatally, officials said. A 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 15-year-old boy died at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center?s trauma unit in Nashville, Bevin and hospital officials said. Four of the other gunshot patients brought to Vanderbilt were expected to survive, doctors said. Less severely wounded students were taken to nother hospitals in the area. Another five students suffered non-gunshot injuries, Bevin said, bringing the total number of injured to 17. The 15-year-old suspect walked into the school armed with a handgun and started shooting, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Richard Sanders said at the news conference. Bevin said the youth was apprehended at the school ?in a nonviolent? manner, but the governor did not elaborate. Sanders said students followed training they had recently received from state police in how to respond to such incidents. No further details of the circumstances of the shooting were immediately released by authorities. None of the students involved were being publicly identified, Bevin said. Agents from the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation joined in the investigation, officials said at the news conference. The school serves Marshall County, which has a population of about 31,000. During the news conference at the county Board of Education, Bevin paused to collect himself as his voice choked with emotion, asking members of the news media to exercise restraint in dealing with the families of victims. ?I beg of you again ? respect the fact that these children belong to this community and to specific families in this community. And this is a wound that is going take a long time to heal. And for some in this community it will never fully heal.? White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting, adding, ?Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families there.?
  16. The vehicle of Intezar Ahmed. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: The girl accompanying 19-year-old Intezar Ahmed, who was allegedly gunned down late Saturday by police officials in Defence Housing Authority (DHA), said on Wednesday that she met the deceased, "who was like a brother", a week ago. Intezar was killed after Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) officials opened fire on his car on DHA's Khayaban-e-Ittehad Road. Following the incident, police registered a case and arrested eight ACLC officials. Madiha Kayani, in an interview to a private news channel, narrated the incident today. She said her and Intezar were in his car. They got burgers after which Intezar?s friend came and shook hands with him, but Intezar did not get out of the car. Intezar murder case: Girl's statement sheds new light on DHA shooting Intezar, 19, was killed after ACLC officers opened fire on his car on Khayaban-e-Ittehad road of upscale DHA area late Saturday Madiha says that a black car then followed them and tried to block their path, after which another bike and car came. "I asked Intezar 'what?s going on'. I was scared. They started shooting after which I tried to save myself. God knows how I escaped after the shooting ended. I swear to God I don?t know who the shooters were," she says. Once the firing ended, Madiha slid out of the car and hailed a rickshaw but had to go back to the car as she had forgotten her mobile phone. Talking about the suspects, she said, "it was dark and I could only tell that there was a cleanshaven man without glasses. He?s friends with Intezar". When asked if that person [Salman] is in the police, Madiha replied in the negative and said he's a "sweet innocent guy, don?t drag him in the case," adding that she met Intezar through Salman a week ago, "he was like a brother". One suspect gets bail for Rs0.5 million Moreover, on Wednesday, additional sessions judge (South) approved the bail of ACLC sub-inspector Tariq Rahim. DHA shooting: New details emerge from CCTV video of Intezar Ahmed's murder Police involved in my son's murder, no confidence in investigation, Intezar's father tells Geo News Rahim, who is in custody, received interim bail until January 23 after submitting a Rs500,000 surety bond. Also, investigators said the initial forensic test of the two weapons used in the incident revealed that one weapon fired 12 rounds and the other six. Details of whom the weapons belonged to will be revealed when the report is completed. Police includes girl in probe Late Tuesday, investigators told Geo News they have included the girl in their probe. In her initial statement, the same girl had stated that the shooting was so intense that she could not catch a glimpse of the person who opened fire on their vehicle. CCTV video of the murder Earlier on Tuesday, the father of the deceased teenager said that he had no faith in the police investigation after he was shown the CCTV video of his son?s killing. Police kill youth in Karachi: Family appeals to CJP, COAS for justice Police had earlier maintained that the boy was killed in firing by unidentified assailants on motorcycles Speaking to Geo News, Intezar?s father said he had seen the CCTV video of the shooting that claimed his son?s life adding that the shooters took aim and fired at his son. He said that there was a girl sitting inside the vehicle but he does not know who she was, and demanded that she be brought to light. ?That girl is the eyewitness of this murder,? the father stated, adding that he was not shown the complete footage, but only of the shooting. ?The police is involved in my son?s murder,? the father said adding, ?why isn?t the girl in the video being brought forth?? On Monday, DIG South Azad Khan had told journalists that police got the CCTV footage of the incident and all the policemen involved had been arrested. Narrating what he saw in the CCTV footage, Intezar?s father Ishtiaq Ahmed told Geo News that his son?s car was forced to stop by a black coloured vehicle. After Intezar stopped his car another vehicle approached his car from the left side. The first (black) car gave a suspicious signal to the second vehicle, the father said, after which men in civilian clothes on motorbikes arrived on the scene. Karachi youth killing: Eight suspects remanded into police custody Two more ACLC personnel surrendered themselves Sunday night, police say Earlier on Tuesday, the medico-legal officer's (MLO) report was released which confirmed that Interzar died from a single bullet wound behind his ear. The report also disclosed that other than the aforementioned body part, there was no mark of a bullet or torture on the body of the deceased. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has also ordered a judicial inquiry into the murder of Intezar, a formal request of which was received by the Sindh High Court on Wednesday (today).
  17. The shooting took place in the town of Omoku about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt. Photo: REUTERS WARRI: Gunmen killed at least 14 churchgoers returning from a midnight service on Monday in Nigeria´s Rivers State, a police source told AFP, the latest violence to hit the oil-rich region. "The gunmen opened fire on a set of worshippers at about 12:30 am on Monday," said Ugochi Olugbo, a relative of one of the victims who was attending a New Year´s Eve service. The shooting took place in the town of Omoku about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt. "Fourteen persons died on the spot, while 12 who sustained gunshot wounds were rushed to the hospital and are receiving medical attention," said a police source who asked to remain anonymous. Rivers State police public relations officer Nnamdi Omoni said the number of casualties could not be confirmed at the moment. "The commissioner of police, Ahmed Zaki, has also launched a manhunt for the bandits to ensure they are arrested and prosecuted," Omoni said. Rivers State, a region blighted by poverty despite a wealth of oil, is home to several powerful gangs that often engage in violent turf wars. Such gangs, known as "cults" in Nigeria, began as university confraternities decades ago before evolving into powerful armed groups that now rule the streets of the destitute region.
  18. WASHINGTON: A sheriff´s deputy was killed and six others, including four deputies, were wounded Sunday in what police called a "disturbance" in a residential suburb near Denver, Colorado. The lone suspect was killed at the end of a two-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch, 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Denver, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told reporters in a televised briefing. Spurlock said he believed the suspect, whose identity had not yet been confirmed, was someone who had had "law enforcement contact on a number of occasions ... but no criminal history." He said the man used a rifle and fired at least 100 rounds, catching deputies off guard. "They all went down almost within seconds of each other," Spurlock told reporters. The dead deputy was identified as Zackari Parrish, 29, a married father of two young children. He had been on the force only seven months. ´Her life is over´ Spurlock, who had never lost a deputy before, described the agony of holding the hand of Parrish´s wife and "seeing in her eyes her life is over." All four wounded deputies were in stable condition, Spurlock said. He said all had been wearing protective vests. Two civilians were also wounded, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Spurlock was unclear on their identities. Deputies had responded to an early-morning call of a disturbance and, arriving at the scene, initially conducted talks with the suspect, who was barricaded in a bedroom, when he suddenly opened fire on the officers. "It was more of an ambush type of attack on our officers," Spurlock said. The wounded deputies tried to pull Parrish out of the line of fire but, hampered by their own wounds, were able only to crawl to safety. Police dispatched a heavily armed SWAT team. Officers from a total of five jurisdictions, including Colorado state police, responded. As the incident unfolded, the sheriff´s office advised local residents to shelter in place and stay away from windows. "My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County ... and their families. We love our police and law enforcement - God Bless them all!" President Donald Trump said on Twitter. The toll among deputies appeared to be one of the highest in a police-involved shooting since five officers in Dallas, Texas were shot to death and several others injured in July 2016 by a man angered by police shootings of black men. The area near Sunday´s shooting has been scarred by dramatic mass shootings in recent years, including the Columbine school shooting in 1999, which left 15 people dead, and the 2012 shooting at a movie theater in Aurora that claimed 12 lives. Both are within a half-hour´s drive of Highlands Ranch. Spurlock said the Aurora police chief met him at the hospital where his
  19. Top police officer said the vehicle, which was carrying seven people, including a woman who had been shot earlier that night, was on its way to a hospital when police opened fire after mistaking it for one driven by the woman?s assailant/Reuters Photo:File MANILA: Ten Philippine police officers who mistakenly shot at a vehicle and killed two of its passengers late Thursday have been relieved of their duties, the capital?s police chief said as he ordered an investigation into the incident. Metro Manila?s top officer Oscar Albayalde said the vehicle, which was carrying seven people, including a woman who had been shot earlier that night, was on its way to a hospital when police opened fire after mistaking it for one driven by the woman?s assailant. Albayalde said the police officers from Mandaluyong city, part of greater Manila, may have been given wrong information because they were told by village officials that the passengers of the vehicle were armed. ?We can?t totally blame them,? Albayalde told a media briefing. Albayalde also relieved the chief of Mandaluyong police of his command pending the investigation. ?We are not hiding anything here. We?re not discounting the possibility ... that there may be overkill or violation of our POP,? Albayalde said, referring to Police Operational Procedures (POP). Philippine police are already facing unprecedented scrutiny due to concerns about their conduct during anti-narcotics operations. Several opinion surveys have indicated dwindling trust of police accounts of operations that have killed close to 4,000 people. Human rights groups and political opponents say executions of drug users and small-time peddlers have been widespread, but police insist those killed were all dealers who put up violent resistance.
  20. File MADRID: Three people, including two national police officers, were killed in a shooting at a country house in eastern Spain on Thursday, officials said. "Two civil guards and a civilian" died during the incident at an isolated home in a rural area of the Teruel province around 1700 GMT, a local official told AFP. Authorities did not confirm whether any arrest had been made and at 2000 GMT a police operation was continuing in the villages of Andorra and Albalate del Arzobispo.
  21. Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in New Mexico on Thursday, state police said, adding that the assailant was dead. Photo: AFP file LOS ANGELES: Two teens were killed in a shooting at their high school in New Mexico on Thursday, state police said, adding that the assailant was dead. The deadly incident took place at Aztec High School, which has been evacuated, New Mexico State Police said on Twitter. "No other injuries reported," the police said. "#NMSP is investigating this incident. Officers are currently conducting security checks at the Aztec High School." This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is received.
  22. BASTIA: One man was killed and two people were injured on Tuesday morning in a shooting at an airport on the French island of Corsica, emergency service workers told AFP. The shooting took place in a car park near the entrance of Bastia airport in the north of the Mediterranean island, leaving one man dead with a gunshot to the head, another with several bullet wounds and a third with minor injuries. Corsica was once plagued by separatist violence, but the main militant group seeking independence for Corsicans declared a ceasefire in 2014. About a dozen assassinations of public figures have taken place on the island in the last 20 years, while murders linked to gang violence and drug trafficking have also claimed lives. The motive for Tuesday's killings remains unclear and police are hunting for a getaway car used by the shooter. Corsicans went to the polls last Sunday to elect a new regional assembly, which saw a triumph for nationalists seeking greater autonomy for the mountainous island. A second round next Sunday is expected to see the nationalists confirm their victory and claim a mandate for greater local powers for Corsica, which is home to about 300,000 people and famed for being the birthplace of Napoleon. The nationalists have vowed not to mount a bid for independence from France in the short term, unlike their counterparts in Catalonia who have provoked a political crisis by seeking to break away from Spain.
  23. Indonesian security forces carry the body of a police officer who was shot and killed near Freeport-McMoRan Inc's giant Grasberg copper mine, during his funeral in Timika, Papua province Indonesia November 15, 2017. Photo: REUTERS JAKARTA: An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded on Wednesday, after both were shot in the back in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc?s giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua, police said. The officers were patrolling an area close to where a Freeport vehicle was targeted in a shooting on Tuesday, Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said in a statement. A helicopter flew the men to a hospital in the nearby lowland city of Timika. The main access road to Grasberg remained closed, Freeport Indonesia spokesman Riza Pratama said, referring to a 79-mile (127-km) stretch from Timika to the mining town of Tembagapura that runs near a river rich with gold tailings from the mine upstream. A string of at least 15 separate shooting incidents in the area since mid-August that wounded at least 12 people and killed two police officers has been blamed by police on an ?armed criminal group?, but linked to separatist rebels by others. In a statement, the separatist West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), a group linked to the Free Papua Movement, claimed responsibility for Wednesday?s incident. The group has said it is at war with police, military and Freeport. EMERGENCY MEASURES For decades, there have been sporadic attacks along the road where the shootings took place, but authorities? efforts to catch the perpetrators have been hampered by thick surrounding jungle. ?The Indonesian Military (TNI) and police have urged the Armed Separatist Movement in Papua to surrender, but until now no one has turned themselves in,? Indonesian military chief Gatot Nurmantyo said in a statement. ?Armed separatists cannot be left alone,? he said, adding that reining in such activities was the domain of the military, which was preparing ?emergency measures? in case persuasive approaches by the police and military failed. Papua has had a long-running, and sometimes violent, separatist movement since the province was incorporated into Indonesia after a widely criticised 1969 UN-backed referendum. Foreign journalists have in the past required special permission to report in Papua, and once there, have had security forces restrict their movement and work. President Joko Widodo has pledged to make the region more accessible to foreign media by inviting reporters on government-sponsored trips, although coverage remains difficult.
  24. TIMIKA: An Indonesian police officer was killed and a second wounded after being shot in an area near Freeport-McMoRan Inc?s giant Grasberg copper mine in the eastern province of Papua, a police spokesman said. The officers were shot near Tembagapura early on Wednesday, Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said. There has been a string of shooting incidents since mid-August that have wounded at least eight people and killed two police officers. They have been blamed by police on an ?armed criminal group? but linked to separatist rebels by others.
  25. FBI agents search for clues at the entrance to the First Baptist Church, after a mass shooting that killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs. -AFP SUTHERLAND SPRINGS: Investigators said Monday they suspect a "domestic situation" was behind the rampage by a US Air Force veteran who killed 26 people with an assault rifle in a small-town Texas church, in the latest mass shooting to stun the United States. Ten people remained in critical condition a day after Devin Patrick Kelley, a 26-year-old private security guard, burst into the rural Baptist church during Sunday morning services and sprayed bullets at the congregation, wounding another 20. Governor Greg Abbott said meanwhile that Kelley, who was armed with an AR-15 rifle and two handguns, had been denied a gun permit in the state of Texas and should not have legally had access to weapons. President Donald Trump, who is travelling in Asia, said the United States was living in "dark times" but brushed off calls for stricter gun control, saying the latest tragedy, which left eight members of one family dead, "isn't a guns situation." The authorities said Kelley apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car after opening fire Sunday morning on worshippers in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a rural community of rolling hills and ranches of nearly 400 people near San Antonio. Kelley, who received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force, was dressed in black and was wearing a bulletproof vest and a black mask with a skull face when he attacked the church, officials said. Two men were being lauded as heroes for chasing Kelley's vehicle after he sprayed the church with gunfire. One of the men raced out of his home across the street with his own AR-15 rifle and wounded Kelley as he emerged from the church and headed for his car in the parking lot, officials said. Freeman Martin of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the dead included an 18-month-old toddler and the oldest victim was 77. He said 10 people remained in critical condition, four were in serious condition and six were in stable condition or had been released from hospital. According to reports, eight members of the Holcombe family were among the dead, who also included the pastor's 14-year-old daughter. Sunday's carnage came just five weeks after the worst gun massacre in modern US history, the murder of 58 people by a heavily armed retired accountant who opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas. 'Domestic situation' Martin said the investigation was focusing on reports that Kelly had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law, who attended the church but was apparently not there on Sunday morning. "There was a domestic situation going on with the family and in-laws," he said. "We know that he expressed anger towards his mother-in-law." Governor Abbott said the shooting was not a "random act." "Obviously the motive was completely deranged," he told CBS This Morning. "This is a man who had some mental health issues apparently long before this." According to the Air Force, Kelley served at a base in New Mexico starting in 2010 before being court-martialed in 2012 on charges of assaulting his wife and a child. He was sentenced to 12 months in confinement and received a "bad conduct" discharge in 2014, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said. Officials said Kelley was armed with a Ruger AR-15 rifle and had two handguns in his vehicle, a Glock 9mm and a Ruger .22 but Abbott said Kelley should not have been allowed to have a gun. "He tried to get a gun permit in the State of Texas and was denied that permit," Abbott said. "Under the current system of federal law he should have been prevented to make this purchase." In-laws attended the church Kelley was from the town of New Braunfels, 30 miles from Sutherland Springs, and his in-laws attended the church, Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said. "They were not here yesterday," he said. "So we don't know why he actually showed up." Tackitt said a man living nearby engaged Kelley in a "firefight" as he was leaving the church. The resident then stopped a man in a truck, Johnnie Langendorff, and together they pursued Kelley for about 10 to 12 minutes at speeds which Langendorff said reached up to 95 miles per hour (150 kilometers per hour). "I had to catch the guy. I had to make sure he was caught," Langendorff told CNN. "There was some gunfire exchanged, I think, on the roadway also and then (Kelley) wrecked out," Tackitt said. "At this time we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound." Martin said Kelley called his father from the car before he crashed and said he was wounded and didn't think he would make it. Speaking in Tokyo as part of his Asia tour, President Trump dubbed the gunman as "deranged" and said the most recent mass shooting to hit the United States "isn´t a guns situation." "I think that mental health is your problem here," Trump told journalists when asked if gun control could reduce the rampant firearms violence plaguing the country. Late Sunday, mourners held a candlelight vigil for victims in the tiny town. "We lost a lot of good friends," said Robert Kunz, 50, owner of Sutherland Springs Tire & Battery. "I feel like the guy got what he deserved," he said. "You´re going to hate me for this, but I think they need to let the buzzards pick at him."