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A bump stock device that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed.
A bump stock device that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed.PHOTO: AFP

After Las Vegas, even US gun lobby backs calls for new curbs

US lawmakers bolstered efforts on Thursday to ban the devices that the Las Vegas shooter used to convert his rifles into rapid-fire killing machines, and Congress may have found a surprising ally – the National Rifle Association.

The powerful pro-gun lobby group broke from its traditional outright opposition to any gun control efforts and NRA leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox called on US authorities to review the laws surrounding so-called “bump stocks.”

“The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” they said.

The spring-loaded mechanism uses the recoil of the rifle to repeatedly and rapidly pull the trigger, allowing the user to fire several hundred rounds per minute.

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Video shows Samsung phone exploding and catching fire in Indonesian man's pocket

A video of an Indonesian man's Samsung phone exploding, setting his shirt on fire has been captured in a CCTV footage taken at an Indonesian hotel, according to media reports.

The terrifying moment when the man's phone burst into flames has since gone viral on social media in Indonesia.

The incident reportedly happened at the Hotel Ciputra in the Indonesian city of Semarang. In the video, the man can be seen touching his phone through his shirt just seconds before sparks began flying from his pocket.

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Daredevil backflips motorcycle between barges on London's Thames river

Extreme sports rider Travis Pastrana performed a backflip motorcycle jump over a 23m gap between two barges floating on London's river Thames on Thursday, 11 years after the last rider who tried the stunt suffered serious injury.

Set against the backdrop of London's O2 arena, Pastrana had only 45m to accelerate to takeoff speed before jumping, with only 11m to come to a stop before he would have fallen into the river.

In 2006, motocross rider Mike Metzger fractured a vertebrae while attempting to backflip between two barges in a stunt for a television programme in Long Beach harbour, Los Angeles.

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Football: Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year's World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their finals berth.

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew's team made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C.

The four-time world champions also maintained their proud unbeaten away record in World Cup qualifiers - a run spanning an incredible 47 matches dating back to 1934.

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Harvey Weinstein threatens to sue New York Times over harassment story

Oscar-winning movie producer Harvey Weinstein threatened to sue the New York Times after it reported that he had been the target of sexual harassment complaints.

After an initial statement in which Weinstein apologised for his behaviour, his attorney Charles J. Harder subsequently put out a statement saying the newspaper’s story was defamatory because it relied on “mostly hearsay accounts and a faulty report.”

The New York Times reported that Weinstein, 65, had reached eight previously undisclosed settlements with women who made allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact.

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