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Democratic presidential candidate
Hillary Clinton has unveiled new gun
control laws in the wake of the deadly
Oregon school shooting.
The laws would strengthen
background checks and hold gun firms
accountable in liability suits after
shootings. The issue of gun control is a
hugely divisive issue in the US. Her
announcement comes after a deadly
shooting at Umqua Community College
in Roseburg, Oregon, last week left eight
students and a teacher dead.
The legislation would allows Mrs
Clinton executive power to expand
background checks and keep domestic
abusers from obtaining guns. "What is
wrong with us, that we cannot stand up
to the NRA and the gun lobby, and the
gun manufacturers they represent?"
said Mrs Clinton. "This is not just tragic.
We don't just need to pray for people.
We need to act and we need to build a
movement. It's infuriating."
Hillary Clinton: Why can't we stand up to the NRA?
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau kisses his wife Sophie Gregoire at a campaign rally in Brampton, Ontario, on
Sunday. Canadians will go to the polls for a federal election on October 19. REUTERS PHOTO
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Guard said yesterday that a US
cargo ship carrying 33 people that
has been missing since it encoun-
tered high winds and heavy seas
from Hurricane Joaquin sank and
one body was found, but planes
and ships will continue searching
for the missing crew.
Capt Mark Fedor said one large
debris field was spotted near the
last known location of the 790-
foot container ship El Faro near the
Bahamas. The body, which Fedor
said was "unidentifiable," was dis-
covered in a survival suit, but no
other human remains or survivors
were immediately located.
"We are still looking for survivors
or any signs of life," Fedor said at
a news conference near Miami.
"We re not looking for the vessel
Three Coast Guard cutters, two
C-130 aircraft, helicopters, com-
mercial tugboats and a US Navy
plane were searching across a wide
expanse of Atlantic Ocean near
Crooked Island in the Bahamas.
Fedor said a heavily damaged
lifeboat from the El Faro was dis-
covered, but it had no people or
signs of life. The ship had two
lifeboats capable of holding 43 peo-
ple each. Fedor said it appears the
vessel lost power, making it
extremely vulnerable to the Cate-
gory 4 hurricane s 140-mph winds
and 50-foot waves. It had 391 ship-
ping containers aboard, weight that
could make the ship top-heavy and
prone to capsizing, he added.
"These are trained mariners.
They know how to abandon ship.
They know how to survive in the
water," Fedor said of the crew.
"Those are challenging conditions
The El Faro departed from Jack-
sonville, Florida, on September 29,
when Joaquin was still a tropical
storm. The ship had 28 crew mem-
bers from the United States and
five from Poland, and it was heading
to Puerto Rico on a regular cargo
supply run when it ran into trouble.
Contact was lost early Thursday.
The crew reported that the ship
had lost power, had taken on water
and was listing 15 degrees but that
the situation was "manageable," in
their last communication Thursday
morning, according to ship owner
TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. They
have not been heard from since.
The first sign of the ship, an
orange life ring, was found Saturday
about 120 miles northeast of
Crooked Island. That was followed
by floating debris and the oil sheen
on Sunday. (AP)
Coast Guard: Ship missing
in Hurricane Joaquin sank
The El Faro is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Tote
Maritime in Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday. REUTERS PHOTO
A Doctors Without Borders hos-
pital in Afghanistan was struck acci-
dentally after Afghan forces called
for air support from the American
military, the commander of US
forces in Afghanistan says.
The bombing of the hospital in the
city of Kunduz over the weekend
killed 23 people---nearly half of them
hospital patients---and has prompted
outrage around the world. Addressing
reporters at the Pentagon on Monday,
Gen John Campbell said initial reports
had indicated that the air strike was
called to protect US forces.
"We have now learned that on
October 3, Afghan forces advised that
they were taking fire from enemy
positions and asked for air support
from US forces," he said. "An air strike
was then called to eliminate the Tal-
iban threat, and several innocent civil-
ians were accidentally struck." US
President Barack Obama says the
Pentagon is carrying out "a full inves-
tigation" and he expects "a full
accounting of the facts and circum-
Doctors Without Borders is
demanding an independent inquiry
into what it is calling "a war crime."
The bombardment killed 13 staff
members and at least ten patients,
three of them children, Doctors With-
out Borders said. Another 37 people
All the dead and wounded were
Afghans, the aid group said. (CNN)
Bombed hospital: Afghans called for air strike
The number of people seeking asy-
lum in Germany this year will be as
high as 1.5 million---almost double
the previous estimate, German media
The German government has not
confirmed the new estimate, which
comes from an internal official report
cited by popular daily Bild.
The report warns that services help-
ing refugees will not be able to cope.
Separately, a centre-right regional
minister put the expected total at 1.2-
1.5 million for this year.
The German government previously
estimated the number of asylum claims
this year to reach 800,000 to one mil-
lion in total.
Many are refugees fleeing the wars
in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but
there are also many economic migrants
from the Balkans, Asia and Africa.
On Sunday, several thousand Ger-
mans opposed to mass immigration
demonstrated in two eastern towns
after a call to action by the anti-Islamic
The migrant influx is stretching
resources in many German cities,
including Hamburg, where empty
commercial properties can now be
seized in order to house migrants.
There is growing political pressure
on German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
who continues to defend her open-
door refugee policy.
Germany can manage, the chancel-
lor insisted at the weekend.
Germany faces 1.5 million asylum
claims this year says report
terday confirmed the
arrest in London of for-
mer oil minister Diezani
Alison-Madueke on sus-
picion of bribery and
"Nigeria is aware of
the arrest of the former
petroleum minister in
London on money laun-
dering charges," presi-
Garba Shehu said.
Britain s National
Crime Agency said on
its website on Friday it
had detained five people
on suspicion of bribery
and money laundering
but did not disclose the
identities of the sus-
59, was oil minister
under former president
Goodluck Jonathan from
2010 until earlier this
year when he was
defeated in elections by
She was the first
woman oil minister in
Nigeria---Africa s largest
producer---and the first
female president of the
global oil cartel OPEC.
previously been accused
of large-scale fraud in
the management of the
country s multi-billion-
dollar oil wealth but
denied any wrongdoing.
Nigeria confirms arrest of
former oil minister in London
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