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President Trump proposes more guns to stop school shooting massacres

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Tearful school shooting survivors have met President Trump and urged him to bring in stricter gun control – his response, a proposal to arm teachers.

The “listening session” follows America’s latest mass shooting in Florida, in which former-student Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day.

Students from the school, along with groups representing Sandy Hook and Columbine, delivered powerful speeches, pleading for a change in laws controlling assault weapons.


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In response Mr Trump suggested arming teachers, who would be specially trained, and getting rid of gun-free zones, which he said encouraged shooters to attack.

The President also promised “very strong background checks” and an “emphasis on mental health”.

Andrew Pollock, whose daughter Meadow Pollock was killed in the shooting, yelled at Mr Trump: “Fix it!”.

Mr Pollock, who said he has to visit his daughter in the cemetery now, said: “It’s not about gun laws right now. We need our children safe.”

Student Sam Zeif, 18, told how he texted his mother and two brothers during the shooting saying he wouldn’t see them again before realising his 13-year-old brother was in the classroom above him, where teacher Scott Beigel died shielding students from bullets.


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The teenager said: “I don’t understand why I can still go in a store and buy a weapon of war, an AR. Let’s never let this happen again please, please.”

Florida shooting survivor Lorenzo Prado emotionally explained how he feared for his life after being held at gunpoint by six SWAT team members when he was mistaken for the gunman.

Similar clothes, hair colour and facial structure to Cruz led him to be “tossed to the ground and handcuffed” before his real identity was discovered.


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The mother of a six-year-old Sandy Hook victim, Nicole Hockley, urged the President to use his time in office to stop school shootings happening.

Talking about her late son Dylan, she said: “”Every parent who sends their child to school should know without any question they’re going to be coming home that day.

“How many more deaths as a country can we take? How many more teenagers and six and seven-year-olds can we allow to die? Don’t let that happen anymore on your watch.”


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Darrell Scott, the father of a girl killed in the 1999 Columbine shooting, told how Rachel was shot, while her brother had a gun pointed at him as he lay covered with blood from his slain friends.

His son’s life was only saved when the two killers were distracted by an emergency alarm going off.

At the same time in Tallahassee, Florida, thousands of students marched into the state Capitol, calling for changes to gun laws, a ban on assault-type weapons and improved care for the mentally ill.

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Thousands marched in in Tallahassee, Florida, calling for tighter gun control

More than 100 survivors from the Marjory Stoneman attack took part, including school senior Delaney Tarr who warned lawmakers that they “were coming after them”.

Senior Delaney Tarr told lawmakers: 'We're coming to get you"
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Senior Delaney Tarr told lawmakers: ‘We’re coming to get you’

She told reporters at the Capitol: “We know what we want. We want gun reform. We want common sense gun laws. We want change.

“We’ve had enough of thoughts and prayers. If you supported us, you would have made a change long ago.

“So this is to every lawmaker out there: No longer can you take money from the NRA.

“We are coming after you. We are coming after every single one of you, demanding that you take action.”

As the march took place, a 17-year-old student from Godby High School was arrested after writing on Instagram that he was going to “shoot up” the school.

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Man ordered to pay mother £75m after assisting ‘schemes’ by billionaire father to hide divorce money | UK News

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A man has been ordered to pay £75m to his divorced mother after helping his father hide money and assets from her, a court has ruled.

Temur Akhmedov, 27, worked as his fathers “lieutenant” against Tatiana Akhmedova, 48, according to a High Court ruling.

In 2016, Ms Akhmedova was awarded a 41.5% share of 65-year-old Farkhad Akhmedov’s £1bn-plus fortune.

Temur Akhmedov said he was sure he could recover his initial losses through more trading
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Temur Akhmedov was ordered to pay £75m

This amounts to about £453m, and is thought to be the biggest award of its type.

However, judges have heard that so far only about £5m has been received by Ms Akhmedova – and her Russian businessman ex-husband has not “voluntarily” paid a penny.

Ms Akhmedova is pursuing her former spouse in courts in multiple countries as she says he is hiding money from her, using their son to help him.

The court heard the billionaire had moved the ownership of his £340m superyacht Luna into a trust in Lichtenstein.

Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles made the ruling against the couple’s son at the Family Division of the High Court in London, saying vast sums of money had been sent to him.

She said: “The wife has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the husband’s wealth beyond her reach.

“Their eldest son, Temur, confirmed in his oral evidence that the husband would rather have seen the money burnt than for the wife to receive a penny of it.

“Regrettably, those schemes were carried out with Temur’s knowledge and active assistance.

“I reject his case that he was a mere go-between for his father: the evidence indicated otherwise.

Tatiana Akhmedova was awarded £453m in 2016
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Tatiana Akhmedova was awarded £453m in 2016

“Temur told me in his evidence that he had helped his father protect his assets from his mother’s claims.

“He was, indeed, his father’s lieutenant.

“Temur has learned well from his father’s past conduct and has done and said all he could to prevent his mother receiving a penny of the matrimonial assets.

“He lied to this court on numerous occasions, breached court orders, and failed to provide full disclosure of his assets.

“I find that he is a dishonest individual who will do anything to assist his father, no doubt because he is utterly dependent on his father for financial support.”

The younger Akhmedov’s spokesman said: “Like millions of young people, Temur has been caught up in the break-up of his parents’ marriage. He never sought to take sides or get involved but inevitably found himself sucked into the vortex of a bitter family dispute.

“His subsequent actions were only ever motivated by his desire to end the war between his parents.

“While he fundamentally disagrees with this judgment, he would consider it a price worth paying for should it lead to a reasonable settlement between the parents he loves.”

Superyacht Luna owned by Russian billionaire Farkad Akhmedov is docked at Port Rashid in Dubai, United Arab Emirates March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Pike
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The superyacht Luna owned by Farkhad Akhmedov is thought to be worth around £340m

Ms Akhmedova said in a statement: “Today’s judgment is the inevitable conclusion given Farkhad’s failure to behave honourably in the first instance.”

And her ex-husband Farkhad Akhmedov said: “Entirely predictably, given its original wrong and misguided judgment, the London court has ruled in favour of visiting ‘the sins’ of the father on an innocent and loyal son.”

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Number 10 rejects Juventus chair’s claim Boris Johnson saw European Super League as ‘attack to Brexit’ | Politics News

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The chairman of Italian football giants Juventus – one of the clubs who attempted a breakaway European Super League – has suggested Boris Johnson was so opposed to the plan because it was viewed as “an attack to Brexit”.

Andrea Agnelli, one of the chief architects of the closed-shop competition for elite clubs, on Wednesday admitted the idea of a European Super League could no longer proceed.

It follows the decision by six English clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – to withdraw from the plan.

Spanish side Atletico Madrid and Italian rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan have also abandoned the scheme.

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Juventus chair Andrea Agnelli was one of the chief architects of the scheme

The project turned into a humiliating spectacle for the clubs involved, with their plans collapsing within 48 hours of them first being announced amid a furious backlash from fans and politicians across Europe.

Mr Johnson had vowed to explore “every possibility” to stop the “very damaging” European Super League, as he mulled what new or existing laws could be used to put a halt to the plans.

And Mr Agnelli suggested the UK government’s intervention had pushed the six English clubs to withdraw.

“I have had speculation to that extent that if six teams would have broken away and would have threatened the EPL (Premier League), politics would have seen that as an attack to Brexit and their political scheme,” he told Reuters.

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However, Mr Agnelli added he remained “convinced of the beauty of that project”, despite the likelihood it would no longer proceed.

Asked about the Juventus chairman’s comments, Downing Street dismissed the suggestion that Mr Johnson’s opposition to the European Super League was linked to Brexit.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said: “I would reject that.

“The prime minister was very clear on why it was right for the government to step in and take action that contributed to these clubs stepping back from this proposal, which was the importance of football at the heart of communities up and down the country.”

Speaking in the House of Commons earlier on Wednesday, Mr Johnson had told MPs that “one of the most worrying features about the European Super League proposals is that they would have taken clubs that take their names from great, famous British towns and cities, English towns and cities”.

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He added the new competition would have turned English clubs “just into global brands with no relation to the fans, to the communities that gave them life and that give them the most love and support”.

He promised that a “root and branch investigation into the governance of football” – to be conducted by former sports minister Tracey Crouch – would look at “what we can do to promote the role of fans in that governance”.

Conservative MP Saqib Bhatti has asked Mr Johnson to ensure that “football clubs must put fans at the heart of their decision-making”.

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Multi-millionaire, 90, conned out of £23m by phone scammers in Hong Kong | World News

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A 90-year-old multi-millionaire has been conned out of £23m after falling prey to a phone scammer.

The conman allegedly told the woman, from Hong Kong, that her identity had been used in a serious criminal case in mainland China and that she should transfer her money to a new bank account so officials could investigate.

According to the South China Morning Post, she is the biggest known victim of a phone scam in Hong Kong history.

Police arrested a 19-year-old university student late last month in connection with the crime and officers froze bank accounts containing HK$9 million (£830,000), but the rest remains missing.

According to the Central District Crime Squad, the woman received a call from a man claiming to be a mainland law enforcement official in July last year.

He told her once she had transferred her money and the investigation had been completed, she would get it all back.

So rife are phone and internet scams in Hong Kong that in 2017 a dedicated unit, the Anti-Deception Co-ordination Centre, was established in order to to pool police resources for tackling the crimes.

The South China Morning Post said reports of phone scams alone had risen by 18% to 200 in the quarter of 2021 with fraudsters pocketing more than HK$350 million (£32m) so far this year.

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