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March 21, 2019 | Via Fox News

New Zealand Prime Minister Announces Ban on ‘Military-Style Semi-Automatic Weapons’ After Mosque Attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced the country was immediately banning “military-style semi-automatic weapons” after last week’s attack that killed 50 people at two mosques. Ardern said the government is working on a large-scale buyback plan for citizens possessing the weapons affected by the ban. Those who still possess banned guns after a “reasonable period for returns” has passed will be found breaking the law, Ardern said.

March 21, 2019 | Via Reuters

U.S. Senate Panel to First Grill FAA, then Boeing After Fatal Crashes

A U.S. Senate panel plans a hearing on March 27 on aviation safety after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashes since October, and said it will also schedule a future hearing with Boeing and other manufacturers, officials said on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors are investigating the FAA’s certification of the Boeing 737 MAX that was grounded last week by regulators around the world. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who piloted a flight to land safely on the Hudson River in New York in 2009, said in an op-ed Tuesday the FAA has a “too cozy” relationship with industry.

March 21, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Radovan Karadžić War Crimes Sentence Increased to Life in Prison

Radovan Karadžić has been sentenced to life in prison at an appeal court in The Hague for his role in mass killings of civilians in the conflict that tore Bosnia apart a quarter century ago. One element from Karadžić’s 2016 conviction involving illegal detentions of civilians was overturned because he was not allowed to cross-examine witnesses, but the appeal court confirmed his guilt for his role in the worst massacres of civilians in Europe since the 1940s.

March 21, 2019 | Via CNBC

EU Regulators Hit Google with $1.7 Billion Fine for Blocking Ad Rivals

The European Union on Wednesday ordered Google to pay 1.49 billion euros ($1.69 billion) for stifling competition in the online advertisement sector. The European Commission said Google had placed exclusivity contracts on website owners, stopping them from including search results from Google’s rivals. The EU’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said Google had prevented rivals from being able to “compete and innovate fairly” in the online ad market.

March 21, 2019 | Via BBC

Italian Driver Hijacks and Torches School Bus Full of Children

A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren was hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy. The children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation. The driver, a 47-year-old Italian citizen originally from Senegal, has been arrested. “No-one will survive,” the driver was alleged to have said.

March 21, 2019 | Via NBC News

Finland is the Happiest Country in the World Again, Launches Contest for Free Trip

Finland, ranked for the second time the world’s happiest country, is launching an unusual tourism campaign that it promises will share its secret. The country’s tourism board is holding a contest in which eight people will win a free trip to Finland and will be paired with Finnish hosts. Denmark and Norway rank second and third, respectively. The U.S. took 19th place this year, dropping from 18th place last year. South Sudan is last on the list.

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