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Trump says he would have rushed in to protect students from gunman

President Donald Trump claimed on Monday that he would have rushed into the Florida high school during a mass shooting earlier this month that killed 17 people and called it "disgusting" that an officer assigned to the school didn't enter the building while the attack was under way.

"I really believe I'd run in, even if I didn't have a weapon," Trump said during a White House meeting with governors from across the country, adding that he thinks the governors assembled also would have rushed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

"You never know until you're tested," he added.

Trump has been highly critical of former Broward County sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson, who remained outside the school during the Feb 14 massacre in Parkland, Florida. Peterson resigned last week.


Arctic seed vault turning 10 faces 'unprecedented' agricultural challenges

A cavernous bunker on a remote island above the Arctic Circle, where polar bears roam, holds the key to 12,000 years of agriculture but also to food supplies for future generations with countries urged to deposit seed samples there.

Welcome to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which turned 10 on Monday. It holds nearly one million seed samples from the world's gene banks - an agricultural back-up in the event of disasters ranging from nuclear war to climate change.

The world needs to produce more food that is more nutritious, and do so "on less land, with less water, less pesticides, less fertiliser to keep within what the planet can stand".


Monica Lewinsky says Bill Clinton relationship was 'abuse of power'

Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky says she has been reexamining her affair with president Bill Clinton through the "new lens" of the #MeToo movement and has concluded it constituted a "gross abuse of power."

Lewinsky, 44, in an essay published in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, also recounted a recent chance meeting with Ken Starr, the special prosecutor whose investigation led to the revelation of her sexual relationship with Clinton and his subsequent impeachment nearly 20 years ago.

Lewinsky said she was diagnosed several years ago with post-traumatic stress disorder, "mainly from the ordeal of having been publicly outed and ostracised."


Apple is said to plan giant high-end iPhone, lower-priced model

Apple is preparing to release a trio of new smartphones later this year: the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone's key features.

With the new lineup, Apple wants to appeal to the growing number of consumers who crave the multitasking attributes of so-called phablets while also catering to those looking for a more more affordable version of the iPhone X, according to people familiar with the products.

Apple, which is already running production tests with suppliers, is expected to announce the new phones this autumn. The plans could still change, say the people, who requested anonymity to discuss internal planning.


Ed Sheeran named best-selling global artist of 2017

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was named the world's best-selling artist of 2017 on Monday, thanks to his album Divide and singles Shape Of You and Perfect.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) said that Divide, which was released in March 2017, went multi-Platinum in 36 nations. Sheeran's pop ballad Shape Of You was also the best-selling single globally of 2017 and has been certified as multi-Platinum in 32 nations, the organisation said.

The IFPI said it was the first time that a recording artist has had both the best-selling album and single of the year.