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Brazil gun maker's shares rise as Bolsonaro decree fires up demand

Rio De Janeiro - Shares in Brazilian arms maker Taurus soared Tuesday after the company said it had received 2,000 orders for a high-powered assault weapon now available to the public under President Jair Bolsonaro's relaxed gun laws.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws, safeguard EU relations: early results

Geneva - The Swiss voted Sunday to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the move could have threatened relations with the bloc, early results showed.

Swiss to vote on tightening gun laws, with EU relations in the balance

Geneva - The Swiss will vote Sunday on whether to bring the country's gun laws in line with EU legislation, with the government warning a 'no' could threaten relations with the bloc.

Brazil court orders Bolsonaro to explain gun decree

Rio De Janeiro - A Supreme Court judge has given Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and the justice ministry five days to explain his decree granting millions of citizens the right to carry loaded weapons in public, which critics say is unconstitutional.

Bolsonaro's decree allows millions of Brazilians to carry guns

Rio De Janeiro - Truckers, lawyers and politicians are among millions of Brazilians eligible to carry loaded weapons in public under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's decree relaxing gun laws that experts say is unconstitutional and will fuel deadly violence.

Brazil's Bolsonaro eases rules for gun enthusiasts

Bras - Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree Tuesday making it easier for gun enthusiasts to own, carry and import weapons in one of the world's deadliest countries.

Libya air strikes point to possible UAE involvement: UN report

New York - United Nations experts are investigating missile strikes near Libya's capital that were fired likely using Chinese-made drones and point to possible involvement by the United Arab Emirates, a confidential report shows.

Inquiry opens into leaked classified 'French weaponry in Yemen' note: sources

Paris - French authorities have opened an investigation into the leaking of a classified military note which revealed French weapons are being used by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Yemen, sources told AFP on Wednesday.

Kentucky hills ring with machine gun fire at Knob Creek Gun Shoot

West Point - Paul Winters has been coming to the Knob Creek Gun Shoot since 1992 to blast away at targets with machine gun rounds.

Classified note confirms French weaponry in Yemen: report

Paris - French weapons are being used by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Yemen, according to a classified military note revealed on Monday which contradicts public statements from France's government.

Classified note confirms French weaponry in Yemen: report

Paris - French weapons are being used by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Yemen, according to a classified note revealed by French media on Monday which contradicts the claims of France's government.

Erdogan says Russia missile deal to go ahead after US suspension

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday vowed to go ahead with a deal to purchase Russian missiles despite Washington's suspension of Turkey's participation in a US jet programme because of security concerns over Russian deal.

Turkish FM says no turning back from Russia arms deal

Washington - Turkey will not turn back from a major arms deal with Russia despite the US suspension of Ankara from the F-35 fighter-jet program, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday.

Hanson suggests Australia's worst gun massacre was a conspiracy

Sydney - Australia's hard-right One Nation Party faced outrage and risked voters' ire Thursday after its leader Pauline Hanson was captured on camera suggesting the county's worst gun massacre was a conspiracy.

New Zealand massacre puts focus on semi-automatic weapons

Washington - The horrific death toll in the New Zealand mosque massacre has put the spotlight on the lethality of the semi-automatic weapons used by the Christchurch gunman and in numerous attacks in the United States.

Chemical weapons probe team to start in 'weeks'

Den Haag - A new chemical weapons investigation team with the power to assign blame for attacks such as those in Syria will start work in weeks, the head of the world's toxic arms organisation said.

Syria govt rejects watchdog report on deadly chlorine attack

Damascus - The Syrian regime on Thursday rejected a report by the world's chemical weapons watchdog confirming chlorine was used in an attack against the Syrian town of Douma in April 2018.

US House votes for background checks in almost all gun sales

Washington - The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed its first major gun safety measure in a quarter century, a landmark bill that would expand background checks to virtually all firearm sales.

Germany firm on Saudi arms ban despite British warning

Berlin - Germany said Wednesday it would hold firm on its decision to halt weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, shrugging off British warnings that the embargo could hurt European credibility and efforts to bring peace in Yemen.

Russia to replace legendary Makarov with new pistol

Moscow - Russia will replace the legendary Soviet-era Makarov pistols used by its police and army with a new model that can work in extreme temperatures and rip through body armour, its maker said Friday.

UN reports more suspected Iranian missiles found in Yemen

New York - More suspected Iranian-made weapons have been found in Yemen, the UN says in a report that will be discussed Wednesday by the Security Council.

UN Security Council to meet on Iran missile test

New York - The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend, diplomats said.

US calls for EU sanctions on Iranian ballistic program

Washington - The United States urged the European Union on Monday to apply sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile program, calling it a "grave and escalating threat.

US faces deadline for new Russia sanctions over nerve attack

Washington - The United States faces a deadline Tuesday that could lead to fresh sanctions on Russia over an attempted assassination with a lethal nerve agent of a former spy in Britain.

Austria calls for EU embargo on weapons deliveries to Saudi Arabia

Vienna - Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl called in an interview with a German newspaper Friday for an EU embargo on weapons deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions

Luxembourg - The EU set up a new sanctions mechanism targeting those who use and develop chemical weapons on Monday, as part of a crackdown in the wake of the Skripal attack.

Thousands evacuated as explosions spark fire at Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - More than 12,000 people were evacuated after ammunition stored at an arms depot in northern Ukraine began exploding early on Tuesday sparking a huge fire, authorities said.

Fire and explosions erupt at Ukraine arms depot

Kiev - Some 12,000 people were evacuated after a fire and a series of explosions at an arms depot containing thousands of tonnes of ammunition in the north of Ukraine early Tuesday, authorities said.

Dutch government denies it will register gun owners' race, religion

Den Haag - The Dutch government rowed back Thursday after an uproar over reported plans to register the race and religion of gun owners following a string of European terror attacks.
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