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Yemen,United States

12 October 2005

Associated Press

SAN'A, Yemen — Two AK-47 assault rifles used in a deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia have been traced to Yemen's Defense Ministry, according to Western and Yemeni officials, raising new fears that the country isn't doing enough to fight terrorism. The revelation comes five years after al-Qaida-linked militants bombed the U.S. destroyer Cole on Oct. 12, 2000, at the port in San'a, the capital, killing 17 sailors. In other developments, Yemeni... (

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United States

12 October 2005

Guardian (UK) / AP

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Amid complaints from gun-rights groups, FEMA said Wednesday it is reconsidering a ban on firearms at emergency housing parks built in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. "We've got attorneys who are looking at that as we speak and they're trying to figure out who wrote the rules, what the intent was," FEMA spokesman Butch Kinerney said. The dispute arose at a nearly 600-trailer encampment that opened last week near Baton Rouge. Katrina evacuees... (

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12 October 2005

Electric New Paper (Singapore)

It was a road rage case with a fatal twist. Instead of harming his victims, a Taiwanese road bully was shot dead with his own gun. The incident happened early on Sunday morning in Taipei. Motorcyclist Hsu Ta-kun, 33, was reportedly annoyed that Yu Ming-wen, 25, and his girlfriend were blocking his way with their motorbikes, reported Apple Daily Taiwan. It was not known if Yu and his girlfriend were ahead of Hsu or riding beside them. Yu and his girlfriend were... (

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United Kingdom,Scotland

12 October 2005

BBC News

The UK Government is to impose tighter controls on airguns following the murder of Glasgow toddler Andrew Morton, BBC Scotland has learned. The Home Office could confirm as early as Thursday plans to restrict the sale of weapons to registered gun dealers. Firearms legislation is reserved to Westminster but the Scottish Executive has been lobbying for the law on the sale of air weapons to be tightened. The changes would be included in the UK Violent Crime Reduction... (

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United States

12 October 2005

McAllen Monitor (Texas) / MSNBC

McALLEN — A McAllen judge late Monday dismissed charges against state Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa shortly after his arrest for trying to carry a 9 mm handgun onto an airplane. McAllen Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Henley tossed out the case against Hinojosa just before his arraignment, a court procedure in which suspects are read their rights and allowed to hear charges against them. A suspect typically is booked into jail after arraignment. Hinojosa said he had put... (

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United States

12 October 2005

All Things Considered, National Public Radio (USA), Transcript

MICHELE NORRIS, host: Guns became a prized commodity in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when New Orleans descended into lawlessness. Police sought additional firearms to put down anarchy. Many civilians wanted guns for personal protection, buying and sometimes stealing them. Some of the accounts of civil unrest that prompted the scramble for firepower have turned out to be false. But as NPR's John Burnett reports, the rumors have taken on a new life. JOHN BURNETT... (

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