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Are Biden’s words on gun control landing on deaf ears?

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As gun violence right across the United States soars to deadly levels, the man accused of killing 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

The white supremacist, Payton Gendron appeared in court for his arraignment hearing, with the judge ruling the 18-year-old will remain in custody.

Due back in court on July 7, Gendron has been charged with 25 counts as a result of the mass shooting incident.

Authorities believe the individual went into the supermarket with an intent to kill Black people, in what is being described as a racially-motivated attack.

It comes as President Joe Biden prepares to deliver a rare primetime address, outlining how his administration plans to tackle gun violence.

The speech follows a number of high-profile and tragic mass shootings in recent weeks, In New York state, an elementary school in Texas and a medical building in Oklahoma.

While gun advocates are pushing Biden to curb gun violence, the President is shifting the responsibility to Congress, with the White House pushing for the introduction of impactful gun laws.

The U-S House of Representatives committee is working on a bill aimed at toughening national gun laws, but it has little chance of passing through the Senate.

You can follow Biden’s speech live right here on ticker news from 7:30PM ET.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York

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Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video

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An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

 
The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”

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Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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