Gun law reform within 10 days: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday vowed to unveil reforms to the country’s existing gun laws in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch mosques shootings that claimed the lives of 50 people. At a news conference here, Ardern said her cabinet has agreed “in principle” on proposals to change the country’s gun […]


World agrees on first global commitment to curb single-use plastics

Nations have agreed to "significantly" curb items such as plastic bags and straws by 2030. Environmentalist groups warn the measures don't go far enough, with the US reportedly blocking efforts for more radical action. United Nations member states agreed on Friday to “significantly reduce” single-use plastics over the next decade. The pledge came after marathon […]


US missile defense budget cut as North Korea pushes ahead

The missile defense budget projected a budget of $9.2 billion in 2021, and $9.1 billion in 2022, continuing the trend of declining funding. Just when it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may restart his ballistic missile testing program, US President Donald Trump has proposed trimming the missile defense budget, as one set […]


PM Theresa May faces challenge despite securing key Brexit changes

The fate of the EU withdrawal agreement remained uncertain after Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker secured legally-binding and mutually acceptable changes in a last-minute meeting before Tuesday’s key vote. The meeting in Strasbourg led to a series of documents published in London and Brussels on what is called a “joint […]