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3Novices:School pupils affected by Florida gunman take on Trump and Washington in push for stricter gun laws

The pupils who survived Nikolas Cruz’s murderous assault on his former Florida high school are directing their sorrow and anger at US President Donald Trump and Congress to spark change in gun laws.
The teenagers, who lost friends and teachers when Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, hit the news hard over the weekend to call on politicians to tighten up America’s famously lax gun laws.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, pupil David Hogg –…
February 19, 2018 at 06:52AM http://ift.tt/2FdeTZT
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3Novices:At mystery festival, Muslims and Christians chant ‘Zambo, Zambo’, wear wigs and body paint. But no one knows why

Residents of the Lebanese city of Tripoli donned bright, curly wigs and dark body paint Sunday for Zambo, a mysterious festival on the eve of the start of the Orthodox Christian period of Lent.
The origins of the annual celebration remain unclear, even to celebrants. It only seems to take place in a seaside suburb of Tripoli, a Muslim-majority city with an Orthodox minority.
But that has never dampened revellers, dozens of whom hopped and danced their way through Tripoli’s streets,…
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3Novices:Racial politics, a Malaysian disease?

I am sipping tea in an electrically decorated, hipster-style cafe in Penang. The place – a restored old shophouse – is packed. Tourists from Singapore to China mix with yuppie Malaysians eating cheesecake. Nearby, hordes of backpackers throng the alleys of Georgetown, filling up bars and taking selfies with street art.
Since 2008, Penang has transformed itself from a local food haven to a global tourist magnet. The state has, for better or for worse, seen rapid development….
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3Novices:Why niqab is being worn by more Muslim women in Indonesia, and a secular nation’s sometimes hostile response to full-face veil

At a small restaurant close to her office in central Jakarta, locals are becoming used to the sight of Tri Ningtyas Anggraeni clad in an all-black niqab, an Islamic garment that covers the body and face, leaving just the hands and eyes exposed.
It’s rare to see a niqab worn in secular Indonesia, even though the majority Muslim population numbers more than 225 million. Most women wear either a hijab – a loose-fitting headscarf or a variation that covers the chest – or no…
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3Novices:Netanyahu, waving ‘Iranian drone wreckage‘, urges West not to appease Tehran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, brandishing what he said was wreckage from an Iranian drone, used an annual security conference in Munich to warn of Tehran’s alleged attempts to dominate the Middle East, and Israel’s resolve to prevent it.
Iranian aggression “is in my judgment the greatest threat to our world,” Netanyahu said Sunday, urging leaders not to repeat the mistakes of Munich negotiators who did not Adolf Hitler in 1938 for fear of provoking a war….
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3Novices:Hong Kong tourist dies after being hit by boat while snorkelling in Philippines

A 54-year-old Hongkonger died at a famous dive spot in the Philippines after being hit by a boat’s propeller while he was snorkelling on Saturday.
Hong Kong’s Immigration Department confirmed on Sunday that the man was surnamed Yeung, and said it would continue to liaise closely with his family and relevant authorities to follow up on the incident.
Philippine media said Yeung was snorkelling at Apo Island’s turtle area when he was hit by the propeller of a passing boat,…
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3Novices:Florida gunman was ‘a monster living under our roof’ say couple who took the orphan in

Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz was depressed after his mother died in November but seemed to be getting happier, the couple who took him in have said – and they are baffled that he is one of the deadliest teen killers in US. history.
“We had this monster living under our roof and we didn’t know,” Kimberly Snead told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Saturday. “We didn’t see this side of him.”
Kimberly and Jame Snead said their son asked whether Cruz…
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