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Rescuers scour tilting buildings after Taiwan quake kills seven

Rescuers scour tilting buildings after Taiwan quake kills sevenRescue workers pulled survivors and bodies from buildings tilting precariously in the Taiwanese city of Hualien Wednesday after an overnight earthquake killed at least seven people, injured more than 250 and left dozens missing. Emergency responders were focusing on a 12-storey apartment block and a nearby hotel, both of which were leaning dangerously with their lower floors pancaked after the 6.4-magnitude quake hit the popular tourist city late Tuesday. Dozens of residents — and several pets — were rescued with ropes, ladders and cranes.



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Accused Arizona killer linked to seven more fatal shootings

Accused Arizona killer linked to seven more fatal shootingsA convicted Arizona felon arrested on charges of killing his mother and stepfather in their home last month is now believed responsible for at least seven more fatal shootings in the Phoenix area, police said on Thursday. Phoenix police said they have evidence linking Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, to the shooting deaths of nine people in all during a three-week span that began in late November when two men were gunned down in a local parking lot. A blood-stained Cooksey was arrested at the scene of the Dec. 17 gunshot slayings of his mother, Rene Cooksey, and her husband, Edward Nunn, in their living room, according to police.



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Congolese forces kill at least seven during anti-government protests -UN

Congolese forces kill at least seven during anti-government protests -UNSecurity forces killed at least seven people in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday during protests against President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from office, United Nations peacekeepers said. A police spokesman said three people had been killed in altercations with security forces in the capital, Kinshasa, and that two of the deaths were being investigated. Catholic activists had called for protests after Sunday worship, one year after Kabila committed to holding an election to choose his successor by the end of 2017 – an election that has now been delayed until December 2018.



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Truck strikes pedestrians, vehicle in San Francisco, injuring seven

Truck strikes pedestrians, vehicle in San Francisco, injuring seven(Reuters) – At least seven people suffered injuries when a truck hit pedestrians and another vehicle in San Francisco on Monday, an incident that police said was not related to terrorism, authorities and local media reported. ABC7 television reported that a box truck had made an illegal left turn when it struck two pedestrians, a parked car and a Mazda sedan with a family of five inside it. The San Francisco Fire Department said on Twitter that one pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries and another was seriously injured.



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While you were tweeting: Seven overlooked stories from 2017

While you were tweeting: Seven overlooked stories from 2017Now that 2017 is coming to a close, however, we thought it would be useful to look back on the year with some perspective and highlight some of the most important stories that didn’t get the attention they deserved the first time around — usually because America was too distracted by whatever that was over there.  



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Seven words banned at the CDC, with apologies to George Carlin

Seven words banned at the CDC, with apologies to George CarlinAfter the White House sent the CDC a list of words that shouldn't appear in any budget documents, Chuck Todd channels his inner George Carlin.



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Seven of the Best Cheap Mid-Engine Sports Cars

Seven of the Best Cheap Mid-Engine Sports Cars



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Seven killed as Israel destroys tunnel dug under Gaza border

Seven killed as Israel destroys tunnel dug under Gaza borderBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Seven Palestinian militants were killed on Monday when Israel blew up what it said was a tunnel being dug underneath the Gaza Strip border. Hamas said Israel had made a “futile attempt to sabotage efforts to repair Palestinian unity”, a reference to the reconciliation agreement it reached with Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, earlier this month. Israel was at pains to point out that its action against the tunnel was carried out on its own side of the border.



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One mass shooting every day: Seven facts about gun violence in America

One mass shooting every day: Seven facts about gun violence in AmericaYesterday's gun attack at a Las Vegas country music festival has left at least 59 people dead. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, once again highlighting America's extreme rate of gun violence – a rate that other developed nations don't come anywhere near matching. The frequency of this kind of event risks anaesthetising us to the number of people who die from shootings in one of the world's most developed nations. The numbers are staggering. Gun ownership rates per country 1. The Las Vegas mass shooting wasn't the only mass shooting in America on Sunday While the scale of the attack in Las Vegas on Sunday night is unparalleled, it wasn't the only mass shooting to occur in the US that day. Some 13,000 miles away in Lawrence, just outside the University of Kansas in Kansas, two men and a woman were killed and a further two people injured in a mass shooting incident. While none of the three victims were students at the university, all were in their early twenties, with one of the young men recently having become a father, according to the local press. Mass shootings in America – defined as an event where at least four people are shot – are now an every day event. The Las Vegas attack makes October the most deadly month for mass shootings this year – although not by as much as some may think, given the scale of the atrocity. The scale of US mass shootings in 2017 2. One major mass shooting every two months This year's deaths follow a depressing trend, according to data gathered by the Gun Violence Archive. Some 346 people are estimated to have been killed in American mass shootings this year. This compared to 432 in 2016, and 369 in 2015 – more than one person for every day of the year. When it comes to major mass shootings (where more than four people are killed), there have been an average of just 72 days between events during the period of 2010 to 2017 . This is a far more frequent rate when compared to the average gap of 162 days from 2000 to 2010, according to data compiled by Mother Jones. The two worst mass shooting events – this week's Las Vegas shooting and the Pulse nightclub atrocity in Orlando – have occurred in the last two years. More than a person a day have been killed in US mass shootings in recent years 3. Firearms sales go up after mass shootings Data from the FBI shows us that there have been 269.5m firearms background checks since November 1998 – and the number is increasing as time goes by. Such background checks, initiated through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), do not represent the number of firearms sold – but they do give us an idea as to interest in buying guns across the country. In an alarming pattern identified by the New York Times, the fear of firearms restrictions is a significant driver of gun sales – with mass shootings and other attacks being another, although to a lesser extent. For example, December 2015 saw the highest number of background checks to date – at 3.3m. This followed the San Bernardino terror attack in November, in which 14 people died and after which Obama called for tighter restrictions on the purchase of assault rifles. Firearm checks peak after attacks and potential restrictions 4. 270m guns for 320m people In 2007, the Small Arms Survey estimated that there were between 250m and 290m civilian-owned firearms in the US – a rate of around 90 per 100 people. This was the highest rate of civilian guns for any of the 178 countries that were surveyed and was ahead of Yemen (55 guns per 100 civilians) in second place by quite some distance. Higher rates of gun ownership correlate strongly with occurrences of mass shootings with the US emerging at the top of tree when it came to mass shootings per head in a study by Jaclyn Schildkraut of the State University of New York.  Countries with more guns have more mass shootings 5. Mass shootings are just the tip of the iceberg Between 2001 and 2013, 406,496 people died as a result of gun violence in America according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Of this number the majority – 237,052 – were actually suicides as opposed to homicides. Homicides accounted for 153,144 deaths over this period while the rest comprised 8,383 accidental deaths, 4,778 deaths from police shootings and 3,200 where the cause couldn't be determined.  In this context, mass shootings make up a comparatively small proportion of overall gun deaths in the US, accounting for around three per cent of homicides in 2017 so far according to the Gun Violence Archive. Suicides account for most US gun deaths 6. Texas is often at the frontline of mass shootings In 2015, there were 45 deaths from Texan mass shootings. In 2016, the state saw 39 victims. This year, the running total is 28. While individual large tragedies may skew the data for particular years, Texas is consistently bad for gun violence. After the Las Vegas attack, Nevada has suffered the most deaths from mass shootings this year – at 59 deaths – but it is also top when we make the number proportional to a state's population. It being a small state, Nevada has now had 20 mass shooting deaths per one million of its people – with the next highest rates seen in Mississippi (7.4 per million) and Kansas (3.4 per million). Map: America’s mass shootings hotspots 7. Americans can't agree on gun control The debate over gun rights and restrictions is not a new one in America – and it's opened up every time another mass shooting catches the public's attention.  The latest polling from the Pew Research Centre shows that 47 per cent of Americans support protecting gun rights – compared to 51 per cent who support gun control (6 April 2017). This polling has tightened over the last two decades – when 65 per cent were in favour of gun control in May 1999 – ensuring that the debate continues to rage on. The gun debate is anything but settled At the end of 2016, The Telegraph published a piece called "The face of America's gun problem" which aimed to document all 432 victims of American mass shootings in 2016.



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Dallas Cowboys party shooting: Gunman kills seven after opening fire at Texas home

Dallas Cowboys party shooting: Gunman kills seven after opening fire at Texas homeSeven people have died after a gunman opened fire at house party in Plano, Texas. It is believed the shoot-out was prompted by a “domestic dispute” at the party for fans of NFL team the Dallas Cowboys. When the first police officer arrived on the scene just after 8pm in a suburb north of Dallas, he saw bodies on the ground and the suspect shot at him.



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