The Briefing: Bloodshed in Syria, Mali, and Iraq; Gun Control in New York and the Nation

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The Atlantic: State Department Believes Assad Used Chemical Weapons on Syrian People

“In a leak that could signal a crossing of President Obama’s “red line” on the increasingly deadly conflict in Syria, the State Department has investigated and concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military forces used poison gas in a deadly attack on the city of Homs last month”

The Washington Post: French Triple Troops in Mali, Prepare for Massive Land Assault

“France plunged headfirst into the conflict in its former colony last week, bombarding the insurgents’ training camps, arms depots and safe houses in an effort to shatter the Islamist domination of a region many fear could become a launching pad for terrorist attacks on the West and a magnet for extremists from around the world.”

The Times of India: 27 dead, over 220 injured in Iraq bomb attacks

“Both explosions inflicted massive destruction,” said police Brigadier General Sarhad Qader. “Our forces are still trying to remove corpses from the rubble (of the first attack).”

The New York Times: Obama Willing to Use Executive Orders on Guns

“By proposing to use the independent power of his office, Mr. Obama is inviting political attacks by gun owners who have already expressed fear that he will abuse that authority to restrict their rights.”

The New Jersey Star-Ledger: New York Passes Nation’s Toughest Gun Control Law

“Common sense can win,” [New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo said. “You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense.”

The Telegraph: The UK Moves to Withdraw Ban on Insults

“Six years ago police tried to prosecute Oxford student Sam Brown after he said to a mounted officer: “Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?”

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