Natasha Ortega

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Senate gun bill passes first test

The Senate on Thursday ended a GOP filibuster on a new gun control bill, clearing the way for debate to begin on a hugely emotional issue that has dominated headlines since the tragic December shooting in Newtown, Conn.<p>The vote was 68-31.<p>It’s a big win for Democrats in that 16 Republicans crossed …

Syria air strikes 'target civilians' - Human Rights Watch

<b>The Syrian Air Force is carrying out both deliberate air strikes against civilians and indiscriminate attacks, a leading rights group has warned.</b><p>Human Rights Watch says it visited 52 sites in north-western Syria, documenting 59 such unlawful attacks.<p>It points out that both types of attacks - …

NRA threatens to punish lawmakers on gun control vote despite deal

The National Rifle Association said Wednesday the group is unequivocally opposed to the newly-struck compromise plan to expand background checks — and threatened that it may seek to penalize lawmakers who vote for what it deems “anti-gun” measures by giving them poor grades in their rating …

Immigration activists rally in Washington as reform hopes grow

More than 10,000 immigration campaigners thronged the steps of Congress on Wednesday amid hopes that the US was on the cusp of passing the most …