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Serbia mass school shooting was ‘pre-planned’



A boy gunned down fellow pupils in a Belgrade school on Wednesday morning in a pre-planned attack, shooting dead at least eight plus a security guard

The mass shooting at a school in Belgrade, Serbia Wednesday morning was carefully pre-planned by the suspect, a 13-year-old boy, according to authorities.

Several people are dead, and others wounded.

Using two handguns that belonged to his father, the boy fired first at a security guard and three girls in the hallway.

He then entered a history class and shot the teacher and classmates, police said, adding that he also had two Molotov cocktails.

14-year-old Evgenija said she knew the suspected gunman.

“He was somehow silent, and appeared nice and had good grades. Did not know much about him, he was not that open to everyone. I would never expect that this could happen.”

Police said a seventh-grade student had been arrested after confessing to the shooting.

Local media say this was the moment the suspect was taken into custody.

Some of those who were shot are still in hospital with life-threatening injuries.

This is the head of Belgrade’s police, Veselin Milic:

“He said himself that he planned to commit this crime. This is a list of children he planned to execute. He made a plan of how to enter and exit the school, that was found at his desk. And, like he said himself, he designated primary targets. It looks a little as if it’s from a video game, or a horror film, which indicates that he planned in detail how to enter which classroom and how to execute each child.”

Authorities say an investigation into the motives for the attack is under way.

And Serbia’s interior minister says the suspect’s father has also been arrested.

Gun laws are very strict in Serbia but civilian gun ownership is also widespread.

The country has witnessed several mass shootings over the past decade.

And hundreds of thousands of weapons remain unaccounted for after the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

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Understanding the “very serious threat of military aggression” from dictatorships



The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks of autocratic states

U.S. President Joe Biden has not minced his words since he took office.

The U.S. National Security Strategy has outlined the risks autocratic states pose to Washington.

From Russia staging a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, to China’s Xi Jinping winning an historic third term as leader, autocratic states are able to make quick decisions.

But Washington has sought to change that narrative by holding regional dialogues with Pacific Island nations, and African leaders.

The U.S. is also increasing its security and defence in the wake of this perceived threat.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has criticised aim at the U.S. and its NATO allies for escalating tensions when it comes to the war in Ukraine.

It’s become a proxy war between two great superpowers.

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Why are Hollywood writers walking off the job?



Writers in Hollywood and New York are on strike

Thousands of film and television writers are making their voices heard and pounding the pavement over a labor dispute.

The writers are on strike demanding better working conditions like pay increases in pay and residuals so they can stay in this industry.

Writers in Hollywood and New York are marching in picket lines looking to flex their muscles in an attempt to send a message to producers that they are not happy with what’s being offered.

The Writer’s Guild strike marks their first in 15-years and has sent Hollywood into turmoil, disrupting production.

The walkout comes as traditional TV audiences continue to shrink and the industry grapples with how to transition to the ever-growing popularity of streaming.

After failing to reach an agreement with studios like Netflix and Disney—the Writer’s Guild of America said its leadership unanimously supported a strike.

Seth Schachner from StratAmericas joins us to discuss. #stirke #hollywoodstrike #writers #tv #streaming

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Debt limit dispute: Will America default?



Can U.S. lawmakers agree on the debt limit before the fast approaching deadline to avoid default?

The executive branch and Congress are trying to strike a deal about the debt limit as the country marches closer to defaulting.

But can President Joe Biden and Republicans come to an agreement on fiscal policy in time?

The federal government could run out of money as early as June 1. Without borrowing more there is a risk that the United States will begin defaulting on its financial obligations.

Negotiations between Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden at the White House continue as lawmakers are staring down a swiftly approaching deadline.

The Treasury has been warning that the government would likely default on some bills in June if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling.

Democrats have insisted on raising the debt limit without preconditions. But Republicans say President Biden and the Democrats are playing Russian roulette with America’s economy after a two-year spending binge that brought 40-year high inflation and pushed the nation’s debt to over $31-trillion.

While both sides have agreed that action is needed to reduce the deficit—each have extremely different ideas about how to do it.

Republicans are looking to cut spending levels, while Democrats have called to increase tax revenue from the ultra-wealthy and large corporations.

So, can Washington D.C. politicians broker a deal and prevent the American economy from falling off a cliff?

Mitch Roschelle, Managing Director at Madison Ventures and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of San Diego School of Business joined us to discuss. #U.S. Politics #Mitch Roschelle #debt ceiling #Capitol Hill #Washington D.C.

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