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NRA chief slams ‘shameful politicisation’ of Florida tragedy

NATIONAL HARBOUR: The head of America's National Rifle Association lashed out on Thursday (Feb 22) at critics of the powerful gun lobby, accusing them of exploiting last week's deadly school shooting in Florida for political advantage. In his first public comments since the Parkland shooting that ...

US jobless claims near 45-year low as economic outlook brightens

WASHINGTON: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 45-year low last week, pointing to strong job growth in February and solid momentum in the economy. The economy's brightening prospects were also underscored by other data on Thursday showing a gauge of future ......

China’s Wu sets world record in 500m qualifier

GANGNEUNG, South Korea: China's Wu Dajing set a world record of 39.800 seconds in qualifying for the men's Olympic 500 metres short track speed skating final on Thursday. Wu shaved 0.137 seconds off the previous record set by American John Celski in Calgary in 2012. (Reporting by Simon Jennings .....