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  • Armed officer failed to stop Florida gunman  The February 14 shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people was attributed to an “abject breakdown at all levels” by state officials after it emerged that an armed officer failed to confront the gunman. On February 22, President Trump offered support for a proposal that teachers should carry guns, calling it a “great deterrent” on Twitter.
    • Several U.S. companies have cut association with the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the wake of shooting. They include car rental companies Hertz and Enterprise, which had offered discounts for NRA members.

  • Fresh charges against Manafort and Gates – Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed fresh charges against President Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort and associate Rick Gates. A 32-count indictment includes charges of bank fraud that could if proven guilty carry a sentence of up to 30 years jail time. The pair already face charges (CNN) brought by Mueller regarding suspected money laundering and work done for former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Mueller is acting under a broad Department of Justice mandate, but none of the charges relate directly to or suggest alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
    • Rick Gates pleads guilty to charges of conspiracy against the United States and lying to FBI investigators. He is currently cooperating with authorities.
  • Hun Sen consolidates power – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party looks set to sweep a Senate election and consolidate his 30 years rule. The elections come as a crackdown on the opposition escalates. Some politicians have been stripped of their right to vote after their opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by a court last November. A Phnom Penh Post editorial says that if the elections are to proceed as planned, those who voted for the CNRP, will be totally ignored. (Read and contribute to WikiTribune’s coverage of Cambodia under Hun Sen.)

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  • Answers on U.S. healthcare – Why are healthcare outcomes in other industrialized countries better than in the United States, even though the cost of healthcare in other countries is typically lower? Read and contribute to Charles Turner’s story which seeks to answer a community member’s question.

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  • Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what’s left of an ancient African civilization. This piece in Undark, an online science publication outlines the efforts in Sudan, to rediscover ancient Nubia before it’s too late.

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