More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013

More bombs hit Syria's Ghouta, death toll highest since 2013By Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) – Pro-government forces pounded the rebel-held district of eastern Ghouta district on Tuesday, in a surge of violence which a war monitor said has killed at least 250 people since Sunday night. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was the highest 48-hour death toll in the Syria conflict since a 2013 chemical attack on eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel bastion located near the capital Damascus. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian military.


Gun control in the US: issues and proposals

Gun control in the US: issues and proposalsThere have been renewed calls for stricter gun control in the United States following the shooting deaths last week of 14 students and three adults at a Florida high school. Semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15-style rifle used by Parkland, Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz were prohibited under the 1994 federal assault weapons ban passed by Congress and signed into law by president Bill Clinton.