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World in brief: March 1

The latest news stories from around the world

NORWAY: Norway could ban semi-automatic weapons — but only from 2021, a decade after fascist Anders Breivik slaughtered 69 people with legally obtained weapons.

Parliament’s judicial affairs committee member Peter Frolich said people should not have the right to possess such weapons. “We must bring the number of lethal weapons down.”

Gun ownership is common in Norway, where many people hunt. Of the country’s five million people 500,000 own a total of 1.3 million firearms.

BANGLADESH: Three Nobel Peace Prize laureates turned on fellow winner Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday over Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing of its Rohingya people.

On a week-long trip to inspect Rohingya refugee camps in the country, they said Ms Suu Kyi could not avoid responsibility for the actions of Myanmar’s army.

Yemeni winner Tawakkol Karman warned Ms Suu Kyi she should “wake up or face prosecution.”

AFGHANISTAN: Officials say at least 30 people, including 19 police officers, have been kidnapped and six police killed by insurgents.

Kandahar police chief General Abdul Raziq said yesterday the six officers were killed at a checkpoint, while another group of fighters disguised in army uniforms stopped a bus and kidnapped all on board.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: A Unicef staff member and five education workers have been killed near the Chad border, the UN children’s agency said yesterday.

The team had been deployed to train 2,000 community teachers for children affected by sectarian violence between the Muslim Seleka and Christian Balaka militias.


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