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Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School are to start the new term at Chalk Hill, a disused middle school in nearby Monroe

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Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 26 people last month, are to start the new term at what police say is the US’s “safest school”. Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown has been closed since Adam Lanza killed 20 pupils and six staff on December 14. Chalk Hill, a disused middle school in nearby Monroe, has been renovated by an 80-strong team and r...

Francine Wheeler, the mother of a victim of last year's Sandy Hook shootings, has replaced President Barack Obama to deliver the weekly US presidential radio address

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...;This is about doing the right thing for families that have been torn apart by gun violence, and for all our families going forward.” The influence of America’s gun lobby in Washington remains strong, and means the measures being discussed are by no means certain to become law. Related search articles:Places Affected Hurricane Philippines 2013 was Adam Lanzas dad was a registered de...

FBI Director Robert Mueller says the US is taking "all necessary steps" to hold Edward Snowden responsible for exposing secret surveillance programmes

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...lated to the leaks but would not give details on the status of the case. Meanwhile, senators leaving a closed-door briefing with General Keith Alexander of the NSA largely defended the programmes. Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska insisted procedures were already in place to protect Americans from government snooping and that the revelations in the news media had mischaracterized the programmes. ...

Christine Hemming was found guilty of burgling the home of her love rival and stealing a four-month-old kitten called Beauty

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...ng’s wife of nearly 30 years. The couple has three children and six contented cats. The second home, a mere 20-minute walk away, is a modest red-brick semi, inhabited by John Hemming’s 36-year-old mistress, Emily Cox, their five-year-old daughter, Isabel, and a solitary cat, Twinkle. When he is not on parliamentary business in London, John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley sp...

Thai anti-government protesters have surrounded the stadium where candidates were due to register to stand in February's elections

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..., correspondents say. Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament and called an election on December 9, after more than 150,000 demonstrators took to the streets calling for her government to step down. On Sunday, Yingluck Shinawatra told reporters that elections must take place, and urged protesters to express their views at the ballot box. She said: “If we don’t hold on to the democrati...

President Barack Obama was lifted in a bear hug by pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer during a bus tour in Florida

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...arack Obama was lifted in a bear hug by 1.90 m-tall (6.2 ft) pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer during a bus tour. “Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I’ve ever seen,” said the president. Despite being a registered voter of the rival Republican party, Scott Van Duzer said he would vote for the Democrat. President Barack Obama was lifted in a bear hug...

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was put on the CIA terrorist watchlist 18 months before the tragedy

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...an 260 injured. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, 45, has sparked outrage for her incendiary comments to the media and now officials say they are probing her possible involvement in the tragedy. “She [Zubeidat Tsarnaeva]is a person of interest that we’re looking at to see if she helped radicalize her son, or had contacts with other people or other terrorist groups,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, a Democrat fr...

Libyan people are voting in their first free election for more than 50 years

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...eople are voting in their first free election for more than 50 years. They are selecting a temporary assembly which will have the task of picking a cabinet and a prime minister. But the vote has been overshadowed by violence and deep regional divisions. An electoral worker died on the eve of the vote when gunmen attacked a helicopter near Benghazi. Many people in eastern Libya are concerned that t...

The new PC passport changes follow lobby activity from gay groups

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...passports to spare transgender people from embarrassment. The new PC passport changes follow lobby activity from gay groups   The latest shift follows lobbying from gay rights groups, who argue that the current passport application form fails to recognize same-sex couples who are both officially registered as a child’s parents. The Home Office “Diversity Strategy” states: “IPS [the Identity...

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...he Wednesday night’s debate in Denver, watched by 67 million people, was conducted on Thursday and Friday. Of those who watched, 72% thought Mitt Romney did a better job compared to 20% for Barack Obama. Even among Democrats, 49% thought Mitt Romney was the winner with only 39% of Barack Obama’s own party stating that he was victorious. The previous largest margin was 42 points for Bil...

Tinglan Hong and Hugh Grant have welcomed their second child together, a baby boy named Felix Chang

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...es at a mansion in Fulham, West London, bought for her by Hugh Grant last year, lists her occupation as “housewife”. Tinglan Hong and Hugh Grant have welcomed their second child together, a baby boy named Felix Chang Felix Chang’s birth was registered at Westminster Register Office five days later than is technically permitted by Westminster City Council rules. These state that parents should reg...

Gerard Depardieu has been formally registered as a permanent resident of the central Russian town of Saransk

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...ized his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes. The French actor is now registered as living at No 1, Democracy Street in Saransk, in the region of Mordovia. After the ceremony, Gerard Depardieu beamed and proclaimed a few words in Russian. “Glory! Glory to Saransk, glory to Mordovia, glory to Russia!” he said. Gerard Depardieu was quoted as telling Russian television that his...

Connecticut prosecutors said they are about to release the long-awaited report on their investigation over the Sandy Hook mass shooting

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Connecticut prosecutors said they are about to release the long-awaited report on their investigation over the Sandy Hook mass shooting. However, the public will have to keep waiting for the full police report on the Newtown elementary school massacre. The report on the December 14, 2012, shooting, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza took the lives of 20 first graders, six school staffers and his mot...

Connecticut lawmakers have approved gun control measures, which campaigners say are the strictest in America, following December Sandy Hook massacre

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...a ban on new high-capacity magazines and background checks on all gun buyers. President Barack Obama and gun control advocates say the measures are needed to curb an epidemic of gun violence. Connecticut lawmakers have approved gun control measures, which campaigners say are the strictest in America, following December Sandy Hook massacre In December 2012, gunman Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticu...

Barack Obama's push for stricter gun controls stalled after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

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...rols stalled after the incident. In a statement released on Friday, the White House said the two new actions “will help strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands”. The first proposed regulation, from the Department of Justice, aims to clarify who is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health. Tha...

Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both aged six, are the first victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday's shootings to be buried in Newtown

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...onies at 13:00 local time. Twenty children and six women died in the assault on Sandy Hook school by a lone gunman who then took his own life. He had earlier killed his mother. On Sunday President Barack Obama told residents at a vigil in Newtown the US must do more to protect its children. He said he would use the powers of his office to prevent a repeat of the tragedy, adding that the nation sha...

US voters are heading to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama won a second term one year ago

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US voters are heading to the polls in the first major round of elections since President Barack Obama won a second term one year ago. In New Jersey and Virginia, voters will pick governors. New York City is choosing a successor to three-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican-turned-independent. Tuesday’s races are seen as an early test of the Republican and Democratic parties’ str...

The FBI is conducting an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by a sheriff's deputy in Northern California

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...unds,” two of them fatal. The deputies, who have not been identified, have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard after a shooting, officials said. Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Duenas told the Press Democrat that the deputy who shot the teen is a 24-year veteran and his partner, who did not fire his weapon, is a new hire. Santa Rosa police Lt. Paul Henry told the newspaper...

The US government shutdown is looming as Democrat and Republican lawmakers remain unable to strike a deal on a new plan to continue funding its operation

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...8220;We passed a bill… The Senate decided not to work yesterday. My goodness, if there is such an emergency, where were they?” Early on Sunday, the Republican-run House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Senate spending bill that removed funding from the healthcare law and repealed a $29 billion medical device tax. US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid vowed that his De...

he House of Representatives voted to cut nearly $4 billion from food stamp funding

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...to shame them into supporting the funding. The 217-210 vote on Thursday was a win for conservatives and it was approved even though Democrats were united in opposition. The bill’s savings would be achieved by allowing states to put broad new work requirements in place for many food stamp recipients and to test applicants for drugs. The bill also would end government waivers that have allowe...

Thai constitutional court has rejected an opposition request to annul the February 2 election

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Thai constitutional court has rejected an opposition request to annul the February 2 election, citing insufficient grounds. The Democrat Party had argued that the poll violated the constitution for several reasons, including that it was not completed in one day. The government blamed the delay on the opposition blocking polling stations. Thailand has been in a political crisis since mass anti-gov...

Thailand's main opposition party has decided to boycott snap elections set for February

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...brother – the controversial ousted former leader Thaksin Shinawatra – remains in charge. At his news conference, Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters his party had agreed it would not field candidates in the snap elections. Thailand’s main opposition party has decided to boycott snap elections set for February “The Thai people have lost their faith in the democratic system,...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her poll rival, centre-left Peer Steinbrueck, are due to take part in their only televised election debate

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her poll rival, centre-left Peer Steinbrueck, are due to take part in their only televised election debate. The event is seen as the Social Democrat (SPD) leader’s biggest chance to claw back Angela Merkel’s lead in the opinion polls before this month’s vote. Although Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc is expected to win, her coalition pa...

Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in a very close race for Virginia governor's seat

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in a very close race for Virginia governor’s seat. Republican Chris Christie was easily re-elected governor of New Jersey. Tuesday’s races are seen as an early test of both parties’ strengths ahead of next year’s congressional mid-term elections. In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe won an extremely tight race, defeating Ken...

Abhisit Vejjajiva has been formally charged with murder in connection with a crackdown on demonstrators in 2010

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...ce’s power supply, reports said. Anti-government protesters want Yingluck Shinawatra to resign and for her government to be replaced with an unelected “People’s Council”. They say that Thaksin Shinawatra, who is also Yingluck Shinawatra’s brother, controls the ruling Pheu Thai party. Abhisit Vejjajiva and other Democrat Party lawmakers resigned from parliament on Sund...