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Emma Gonzalez reacts during her speech at a rally for gun control in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. PHOTO: AFP

'Shame on you!' student tells Donald Trump at Florida anti-gun rally

A student survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump on Saturday over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, in a poignant address to an anti-gun rally in Florida.

"To every politician taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" said Emma Gonzalez, assailing Trump over the multi-million-dollar support his campaign received from the gun lobby - and prompting the crowd to chant in turn: "Shame on you!"

Wednesday's massacre, which claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has fuelled urgent calls for an end to the national deadlock over gun control - with a string of shooting survivors rallying behind the cause.

The gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was able to legally buy an assault rifle despite a history of troubling and violent behaviour.


Russians liked Facebook the most for stirring discord

In 2014, Russians working for a shadowy firm called the Internet Research Agency started gathering American followers in online groups focused on issues like religion and immigration. Around mid-2015, the Russians began buying digital ads to spread their messages. A year later, they tapped their followers to help organise political rallies across the United States.

Their digital instrument of choice for all of these actions? Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram.

The social network, more than any other technology tool, was singled out on Friday by the Justice Department when prosecutors charged 13 Russians and three companies for executing a scheme to subvert the 2016 election and support Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


South Korean director rejects #MeToo charges at Berlin festival

A South Korean director in the eye of a #MeToo storm defiantly rejected abuse accusations against him at the Berlin film festival on Saturday, saying he ensures no one "suffers" on the sets of his ultraviolent, sexually explicit art movies.

Acclaimed filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, who has picked up prizes at the Cannes, Venice and Berlinale festivals, faced a barrage of reporter questions about allegations of physical and sexual abuse by an actress he worked with in 2013.

His invitation to the Berlinale prompted the actress to accuse festival organisers of "hypocrisy" given the spotlight the 11-day event has said it wants to train on rampant sexual misconduct in the industry.


Tennis: Federer downs Seppi to reach Rotterdam final

New world number one Roger Federer delivered another polished performance to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(3) in the semi-final of the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam on Saturday.

The Swiss will play world number five Grigor Dimitrov in Sunday's final.

Federer, who has won the title twice before, was not at his fluent best but was seldom troubled after breaking the Italian early in the first set and proved too good on all the big points.


Football: Lukaku double sends Man United into FA Cup quarter-finals

Romelu Lukaku extended his impressive FA Cup scoring record by netting twice in Manchester United's 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town to send Jose Mourinho's side through to the quarter-finals.

The Belgian has scored in each of the three rounds United have played of this year's competition and now has 11 goals from his past 10 FA Cup appearances.

Lukaku's first came after three minutes, and the striker scored again in the second half after United mounted a quick counter-attack against a side who beat them at the John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League last October.


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