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Holiday weekend leaves more than 100 gunfire victims in Chicago

Washington - The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday.

US heavily armed, but many ambivalent about it: survey

Washington - A country armed with nearly one pistol, rifle or shotgun for every citizen, the United States has a worldwide reputation for being gun-crazy.

Weapons stash found at Champs-Elysees attacker's home: probe source

Paris - Investigators have found a stash of weapons at the home of a man killed while ramming a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees, a source close to the probe said Tuesday.

Anti-IS fighters near Raqa delight in American weaponry

Ak - Chorche was like a kid in a candy store in front of crates packed with US weapons to help an Arab-Kurdish alliance take the Islamic State group's Syria bastion Raqa.

Miami guns hidden in Rio airport shipment: police

Rio De Janeiro - Talk about landing in hot water: 60 assault rifles were hidden in a shipment of swimming pool heating equipment delivered to Rio de Janeiro from Miami, Brazilian police said Thursday.

Nations urged to 'banish evil of chemical arms'

Den Haag - World leaders on Wednesday urged all nations to help "banish forever the evil of chemical weapons," as the global watchdog warned decades of progress towards eliminating them was under threat.

Weapons found as France arrests two plotting attack: sources

Paris - French authorities found guns and bomb-making materials Tuesday after the arrest of two men suspected of plotting an "imminent" attack just days before presidential polls, sources close to the probe said.

Assad says army 'gave up' all chemical weapons

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said his government handed over all its chemical weapons stockpiles in 2013 and could not have been behind last week's suspected sarin attack.

US manhunt underway for alleged gun thief who wrote manifesto to Trump

Chicago - A massive manhunt was underway in search of a "highly-dangerous" Wisconsin man who US authorities said robbed a gun shop and sent a lengthy manifesto to President Donald Trump.

Laser weapons edge toward use in US military

Washington - A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the US military, albeit with capabilities a little less dramatic than at the movies.

Sarin: lethal nerve gas that kills in minutes

Washington - The United States believes the Syrian government employed a sarin-like nerve agent in Tuesday's deadly attack in the country's northwest. Here are the key facts about sarin, which was discovered in Nazi Germany.

Turkey says chemical weapons used in Syria attack

Ankara - Turkey said Thursday the autopsies of three Syrians killed in an attack in rebel-held northwestern Syria confirmed that chemical weapons had been used by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, state media reported.

UN Security Council again eyes sanctions on South Sudan

New York - The UN Security Council voiced alarm about the deepening humanitarian crisis and famine in South Sudan, with the United States, Britain and France raising anew the idea of sanctions and a weapons embargo.

Sudan may have bought weapons amid famine

South Sudan has been accused of buying weapons to fight rebellions instead of using money to help their starving people.

Do US self-defense laws trigger more crime?

Washington - When Curtis Reeves shot to death a fellow movie spectator who threw popcorn at him, the police veteran reignited a heated debate in the United States over when self-protection is a legitimate defense.

Cold War redux? US-Russian missile spat in Europe

Washington - The United States and Russia may be on the verge of a new arms race in Europe, decades after the missile crisis that shook the Old Continent in the waning years of the Soviet Union.

Iraqi gains reveal huge scale of IS arms industry

Al Hamdaniyah - Factories churning out tens of thousands of munitions and an entire street turned into a conveyor belt for car bombs: advances by Iraqi forces around Mosul have laid bare the scale of the Islamic State group's arms industry.

Trump blasts F-35 fighter jet program cost as 'out of control'

Washington - Lockheed Martin stocks were down about four percent in early trading Monday after President-elect Donald Trump blasted "out of control" costs for the F-35 stealth fighter program.

Report points to Iran arms 'pipeline' to Yemen

Riyadh - International investigators have found a suspected "weapon pipeline" from Iran through Somalia to Yemen where Shiite rebels are battling the government, according to a report released on Wednesday.

After bloody year, Chicago looks to tougher gun laws

Chicago - On a recent evening on Chicago's southwest side, an all-too-familiar scene unfolds: within sight of the Windy City's iconic downtown high-rises, dozens of police officers swarm. A 21-year-old man has been shot outside his home.

US seeks UN arms embargo against South Sudan

New York - The United States on Thursday launched a bid at the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan following UN warnings that the war-torn country could descend into genocide.

Balkan weapons trafficked west still a 'major problem'

Belgrade - A year after jihadists used weapons manufactured in Serbia to gun down victims in Paris, Balkan countries are struggling to end the scourge of illegal arms trafficking.

Serbia PM moved to safety after weapons found near home

Belgrade - Serbia's pro-European Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was moved to a safe location Saturday after an arsenal of weapons, including a rocket-launcher, was found close to his house near Belgrade, which a minister said was "preparation for assassination"....

Russia to sign S-400 air defence deal with India

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will seal a deal with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an upcoming visit to deliver Moscow's most advanced air defence system, the Kremlin said Thursday.

Moscow says Syria campaign shows 'reliability' of Russian arms

Moscow - Moscow's year-long bombing campaign in Syria has showcased the "reliability" of Russian weaponry, as the Kremlin has helped stabilise the war-ravaged country, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

States agree to clear cluster bombs worldwide by 2030

Geneva - More than 100 countries pledged Wednesday to clear unexploded cluster munitions used in conflict zones worldwide by 2030, a new step in the unfinished battle to prevent deaths by the weapons.

Russia using cluster bombs in Syria, campaigners say

Geneva - Evidence is growing that Russia is behind a significant increase in the use of cluster bombs in Syria, campaigners said Thursday.

Part of Los Angeles airport briefly closed, 'Zorro' detained

Los Angeles - Part of Los Angeles International Airport was briefly closed after loud noises were heard that sounded like gunfire, possibly caused by a man dressed in a black Zorro outfit who was later detained by police.

Canada to US tourists: Please leave your guns at home

Ottawa - A rash of gun-toting Americans visiting Canada prompted its border agency to launch a public awareness campaign reminding tourists about their northern neighbors' relatively strict firearms laws.

Los Angeles police fatally shoot 14-year-old

Los Angeles - Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday were investigating the fatal shooting by police of an armed 14-year-old boy amid growing public concern over the use of deadly force by US law enforcement.
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