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Thousands rally across the US to demand tighter gun laws

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PARKLAND — Tens of thousands of Americans have gathered across the country at March For Our Lives rallies on Saturday to demand tighter gun laws, led by survivors of last month’s Florida school massacre.

Students from the Parkland, Florida, high school where 17 people were killed on February 14 called on politicians and US President Donald Trump to confront the issue.

One of Parkland survivor, David Hogg, said it was a new day. “You can hear the people in power shaking,” he said to loud applause.

“We’re going to make sure the best people get in our elections to run not as politicians, but as Americans. Because this — this is not cutting it.”

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The protests aim to break a legislative gridlock that has long stymied efforts to increase restrictions on firearms sales in a nation where mass shootings at schools and colleges have become a frighteningly frequent occurrence.

Organisers said as many as 500,000 people were expected to demonstrate near the Capitol in Washington and call on Congress to fight gun violence.

“I don’t want any child to be seen as another statistic,” Ashley Schlaeger, an 18-year-old freshman at Ohio State University who drove to the Washington rally with friends, said.

Parkland student Emma Gonzalez also addressed the masses.

“Six minutes and about 20 seconds. In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were taken from us, 15 were injured and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas community, was forever altered,” she said.

With Reuters Inputs

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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