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NZ to ban semi-automatics after shooting
New Zealand will ban military semi-automatic rifles, the country's prime minister has announced, days after a terror attack on mosques.

Boeing develops new 737 MAX software
The Federal Aviation Administration says Boeing has developed new flight control software for its 737 MAX fleet after fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

Nicaraguan govt agrees to free prisoners
All those arrested during protests against Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega will be released within 90 days, the government says.

New York button shop saves the day
Tender Buttons on Manhattan's Upper East Side has for decades been providing relief to anyone who has lost an unusual button and needs to replace it.

Amnesty faults electric vehicle batteries
Amnesty International says the electric vehicle (EV) industry is producing many of its batteries using polluting fossil fuels and unethically sourced minerals.

US officer responds to lost teddy call
A police officer in New Jersey has helped find a missing teddy bear after the 12-year-old autistic boy who lost it called the emergency number 911.

Democrats mull ditching Electoral College
US Democratic presidential candidates are floating the idea of abolishing the Electoral College so the popular vote can determine who becomes president.

Names of the Christchurch shooting victims
New Zealand Police have now released the names of 34 victims of last Friday's shootings at Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people.

More burials for NZ mosque attack victims
Two more people, including a teenager, killed in last week terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, have been laid to rest.

Church accused of under reporting abuse
Advocates for abuse victims say their roster of clergy accused of child sex abuse in Illinois is more than twice as long as one put out by the church.

McCain's family punch back at Trump tirade
President Donald Trump has launched a lengthy diatribe against the late Senator John McCain, saying he "never liked him much".

Sonar makes whales flee: study
Sonar from navy ships can affect the behaviour of beaked whales from a longer distance than first thought, research has suggested.

$NZ10m raised for Christchurch families
A week on from Christchurch's deadly mosque shootings, nearly $NZ10 million ($A9.7 million) has been raised for families of victims.

UK PM regrets Brexit delay decision
Prime Minister Theresa May has again urged lawmakers to back her Brexit deal but says she regrets having to seek an extension of the leave date.

Battle for last IS enclave nears end
US-backed forces have captured an encampment where Islamic State jihadists have been mounting a last defence of the tiny enclave of Baghouz.

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