World Briefs: No need to fear NRA, Trump tells governors

No need to fear NRA, Trump tells governors

WASHINGTON • US President Donald Trump has urged governors not to be afraid of the nation's most powerful gun lobby as they seek to beef up school safety after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Mr Trump has embraced the National Rifle Association's (NRA's) call to safeguard schools by arming teachers, but he also has voiced support for strengthening background checks for prospective gun buyers - a proposal the politically powerful NRA has traditionally resisted.


Chinese cough syrup goes down well in NY

NEW YORK • A Chinese traditional cough syrup, called Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, has been flying off shelves in New York stores this flu season following a US news report.

The Wall Street Journal last week published an article about the rising popularity of the herbal supplement among New Yorkers.

A 300ml bottle of the remedy is selling for US$13.29 (S$17.60) on Walmart's online platform, more than double the price in some pharmacies in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Following the report, shares of Kingworld Medicines Group, the Hong Kong-listed Chinese pharmaceutical company that produces the remedy, soared 25 per cent on Monday.


NZ opposition party has first Maori leader

WELLINGTON • New Zealand's opposition National Party installed its first Maori leader yesterday, selecting 41-year-old former lawyer Simon Bridges for the top job after losing last year's election.

Mr Bridges had campaigned on a platform of generational change after former prime minister Bill English, 56, announced earlier this month that he was leaving the party. The conservative party had faced calls to revamp its leadership after losing the election to the centre-left Labour Party, led by 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe