Survivors of Florida school shooting plan march on Washington to demand gun control

Survivors of Florida school shooting plan march on Washington to demand gun controlYoung survivors of last week’s Florida school shooting say they will march on Washington next month to demand action on gun control. On Sunday they spoke out angrily against President Donald Trump as he tried to blame Democrats for failing to pass legislation when Barack Obama was in power and rebuked the FBI for failing to act on warnings that Nikolas Cruz was a danger. Cruz faces 17 counts of premeditated murder after being arrested in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, near Fort Lauderdale. Students said they will make Wednesday's shooting a turning point in America’s gun debate. Survivors appeared on Sunday morning political talk shows where they announced their March for Our Lives campaign. David Hogg a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speaks at a rally calling for more gun control in Fort Lauderdale Credit: Reuters Emma Gonzalez named Mr Trump and Marco Rubio, the Florida senator, demanding they think again about their alliance with the National Rifle Association. "Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet," she said on NBC’s Meet the Press. The students have promised to become the face of a national movement for stricter gun control. They plan to travel to the state capitol in Tallahassee this week and are organising anti-gun violence demonstrations in Washington and other cities March 24. Several condemned Mr Trump after he said on Saturday that the FBI may have been too distracted by the Russia investigation to follow up tip-offs that may have prevented the slaughter. He repeated his comments on Sunday despite the outrage. HUGE outrage over my response to #ParklandSchoolShooting & #Russian cyberattacks. If protecting #Russia & #NRA while blaming #FBI & school kids is treason, then I’m #TreasonousTrump! Oh, that’s the EXACT definition of treason? #FakeNews! #TrumpRussia#Trumpswamp— Donald J. Trump (@Trumptweets2020) February 18, 2018 "You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," David Hogg, an 18-year-old Douglas senior, told NBC. "How dare you!" The FBI has admitted it failed to act on a warning that Cruz owned a gun and had threatened to kill. Couple who looked after Florida shooting suspect The students' outrage over Mr Trump's comments came a day after hundreds of gun control advocates rallied at the Broward County federal courthouse with students who survived the attack, parents and community leaders to demand a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the state.


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Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in Syria

Turkey denies allegation of chemical attack in SyriaTurkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, its foreign minister said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group accused it of carrying out a gas attack in Syria's Afrin region. Turkey has never used any kind of chemical weapons," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at the Munich Security Conference.


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Florida school massacre survivors plan march on US cities over gun control

Florida school massacre survivors plan march on US cities over gun controlSurvivors of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida have announced they will lead a nationwide demonstration to demand action on gun control. “People keep asking us - what about the Stoneman Douglas shooting is going to be different, because this has happened before and change hasn’t come? - This is it,” explained 11th grader Cameron Kasky to ABC.


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Researchers discover hidden details lurking beneath a Picasso masterpiece

Researchers discover hidden details lurking beneath a Picasso masterpieceThere are many layers to great art — sometimes literally.  We are reminded of this fact by researchers at the Art Institute of Chicago's Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts, who have revealed hidden details lurking beneath the Pablo Picasso masterpiece "La miséreuse accroupie."   SEE ALSO: This app tells you which museum art you look like and it's way too real While the presence of another artwork — specifically, a painting of the Catalan countryside by a different artist — below Picasso's "Crouching Beggar" has been known about since the 1990s, Science reports that we now are able to see previously hidden elements of Picasso's work.  Using a technique known as macro x-ray fluorescence imaging, scientists determined that Picasso painted a woman's hand holding a piece of bread before later covering it up with a cloak.  Picasso's "Crouching Woman."Image: US Public DomainIn other words, the canvas on which "Crouching Beggar" rests doesn't just contain the two paintings, but it also has various iterations of Picasso's work. This shows that, for whatever reason, the artist had a change of heart and did away with a specific element of his own painting. “Picasso had no qualms about changing things during the painting process,” explained Marc Walton, a research professor at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, in a press release.  “Our international team — consisting of scientists, a curator and a conservator — has begun to tease apart the complexity of ‘La Miséreuse accroupie,’ uncovering subtle changes made by Picasso as he worked toward his final vision.” Pretty cool.  That discovery helps art historians better understand the working style of one of the world's most respected artists.  “We now are able to develop a chronology within the painting structure to tell a story about the artist’s developing style and possible influences,” Sandra Webster-Cook, the Art Gallery of Ontario's senior conservator of paintings, observed in the same press release.  That the story is being told roughly 45 years after the artist's death reminds us that nothing is static about great art, even when it comes to something as seemingly frozen in time as a painting.  WATCH: Meet the artist who programmed a robot to create his artwork for him


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Iran's Zarif says Israel's "myth of invincibility" has crumbled

Iran's Zarif says Israel's "myth of invincibility" has crumbledIran's foreign minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered Israel's "so-called invincibility", reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by Israel's premier. "Israel uses aggression as a policy against its neighbors," Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Munich Security Conference, accusing Israel of "mass reprisals against its neighbors and daily incursions into Syria, Lebanon." "Once the Syrians have the guts to down one of its planes it's as if a disaster has happened," Zarif said.


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Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzard

Iran postpones hunt for plane lost in mountain blizzardThe hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran's Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said Sunday. "With the wind intensifying, and with snow, rain and darkness, it is not possible for rescue and relief teams to reach high altitudes and the search operation has been postponed until tomorrow," broadcaster IRIB announced. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran.


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