More top US firms cut ties with gun lobby
NEW YORK • Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Bank of America became the latest major corporations to sever marketing ties with the US National Rifle Association (NRA) as the fallout from the massacre at a Florida high school took its toll on the gun advocacy group.
The corporate exodus began after NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter gun laws.
Delta and United said they were no longer offering NRA members discounted rates. Bank of America said it would ask clients who make assault rifles how they can help end mass shootings.
NRA responded by saying its members were being punished by what it called "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice".
Two planned terror attacks foiled: France
PARIS • France has foiled two planned terror attacks this year targeting a leading sports team and the military, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said yesterday.
"Since Jan 1, we have foiled two planned attacks which had not been totally finalised but a number of people were in the process of trying to execute them," he told Europe 1 radio, adding that police had arrested some suspected Islamists.
Jerusalem church shut in land, tax protest
JERUSALEM • Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre yesterday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called a "systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land".
A Cabinet panel was due yesterday to consider a Bill that would allow the state to expropriate land in Jerusalem sold by churches to private real estate firms in recent years.