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‘No more’ or we vote you out: students lead huge US anti-gun rallies

Chanting “never again,” hundreds of thousands of young Americans and their supporters answered a call to action from survivors of last month’s Florida high school massacre and rallied across the United States on Saturday to demand tighter gun laws.

In some of the biggest U.S. youth demonstrations for decades, protesters called on lawmakers and President Donald Trump to confront the issue. Voter registration activists fanned out in the crowds, signing up thousands of the nation’s newest voters.

Facebook crisis reignites scrutiny of social networks

Facebook Inc is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

US plans heavy China tariff hit

The Trump administration plans to impose tariffs worth as much as $60 billion on Chinese products as early as this week to punish Beijing for what the US perceives as intellectual property theft from American businesses, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Putin savours record win, securing six more years at Russia’s helm

Russian President Vladimir Putin basked in his biggest ever election victory on Mo­n­day, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin’s victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, making him the longest ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin, who will be 71 at the end of his term, has promised to beef up Russia’s defences against the West and raise living standards.

How long will the world’s most powerful leaders last?

The internati­onal pecking or­der is usually defined by economic and military might. That puts the US at the top of the pile, with China gaining fast in second place.

But when it comes to tac­kling long-term global challenges such as climate cha­nge, poverty or peacemaking, it’s also vital to identify which leaders are likely to stick around.

US has concerns over WTO, wants reforms

Raising concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organisation, the US has asked for upgrade and reforms of the trade body, WTO director general Roberto Azevedo (in pic) said on Monday while saying the trade environment was very risky at present.

Putin on track for commanding win as Russians head to polls

Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was expected to give Vladimir Putin an easy victory, but his opponents alleged officials were compelling people to come to the polls so that a low turnout does not tarnish the win. Opinion polls give Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 per cent, or nearly 10 times the backing of his nearest challenger.

Another term will take him to nearly a quarter century in power — a longevity among Kremlin leaders second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Theory of everything... No more

Stephen Hawking, who sought to explain some of the most complicated questions of life while working under the shadow of a likely premature death, has died at 76.

Tillerson out at State, to be replaced by CIA chief Pompeo

US President Donald Trump ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state on Tuesday, making a surprise Twitter announcement that he’s naming CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace him.

“Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State," Trump tweeted. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”