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Most Senators who opposed Gun Control were 'Paid by Gun Lobby'

Our journalistic gaze remains fixed on the United States – and it is not a pretty picture. It’s easy, it seems, to make bombs but hard to draft legislation, particularly gun control laws.

The Telegraph describes how worryingly easy it is to look up the instructions online to make a home-made bomb, then purchase cheap ingredients like a pressure-cooker. That’s what the Boston bombers did, using the cooker because its thick mettle inflicts maximum damage – in this case, causing several amputations.

At the other end of the spectrum, Slate examines the ramifications of a terrorist attack and the delicate balance American society must seek between providing security while respecting the liberties of individuals. Slate reminds us of key terrorist attacks – and the growing list of security measures we have had to endure ever since.

For all the violence on America’s streets – particularly from guns – it’s not getting any easier to draft gun control measures in Washington. The Economist writes of the latest failed effort to expand background checks to stop criminals and the mentally ill from buying a firearm. A Guardian investigation reveals that 42 of the 45 Senators that voted against the gun bill have received funds from gun-rights lobby groups such as the powerful National Rifle Association.

By Kyle G. Brown

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2017-01-24 Syria

'Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Tues. 24.01.17: Papers around the world focus on Syrian peace talks which kicked off in Astana, Kazakhstan on Monday. Opinions are divided about the...

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2017-01-24 left wing

Did France's left inflate turnout figures in round one of the primary?

FRENCH PAPERS - Tues. 24.01.17: Papers are still focusing on the first round of the left-wing primary that was held on Sunday. Doubts have been raised over the results: did the...

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2017-01-23 Syria

'Trump Administration Starts with Big Lie Over Small Thing'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Mon. 23.01.17: Papers around the world focus on Syrian peace talks kicking off in Kazakhstan. Stateside, papers wonder what Donald Trump achieved during...

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2017-01-23 left wing

French left-wing primary: The 'two lefts' go to war

The French papers focus on round one of the left-wing presidential primary which took place on Sunday. Benoit Hamon suprised many by finishing first, followed closely by former...

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2017-01-20 Gambia

'On Inauguration Day, respect for the office and hope for the nation'

INTERNATIONAL PAPERS - Fri. 20.01.17: The volatile situation in Gambia is in the spotlight today. But the real story dominating the press is the upcoming inauguration of Donald...

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