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NZ Gun Ban, March to Leave and the YouTube Giraffe Baby

FROM gun reforms after the Christchurch mosque shooting and Nigel Farage's non-committal March to Leave, to the YouTube baby giraffe sensation, welcome to This Reporter's daily news round-up.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged gun law reforms just days after an attack on mosques left 50 people dead. Australian Breton Tarrant, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder following the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday (March 15th).
Police say the 28-year-old used military-style assault weapons modified to make them more deadly for the attack - which is legal under current laws. Ms Ardern said her Cabinet has backed gun law changes in "principle" but it could take several more days to make such complex changes to the law.
Another Brexit week opens with speculation Theresa May will put her deal before Parliament for meaningful vote a third time (lucky). The Prime Minister will need to convince 75 MPs to change their minds and vote in favour of her plan in order to get it through. And whilst a short delay to departure is now inevitable due to the mound of exit paperwork still to be completed, Mrs May warned that if MPs did not vote for her deal at the third time of asking "we may not leave the EU for many months, if ever".
Elsewhere Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has compared Mrs May to the knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who loses his arms and legs in a duel and calls it a draw. He is all praise for her resilience in the face of repeated knock backs in the House of Commons. "She's incredible", he continues. "She goes on and on".
Meanwhile, if intentions are to be believed, former UKIP leader and all-round desperado Nigel Farage is currently wending his way through hill, dale and quagmire, accompanied by his "merry" band of followers, for March to Leave.
A paltry 350 marchers have stomped out their mission to walk 200 miles from Scarborough to Westminster to protest against "the betrayal of the will of the people over Brexit". Though one does have to question the authenticity of a march huge swathes of which will be conducted by bus, with its leader Mr Farage most notable for his absence for much of the route.
Planning to arrive at Parliament HQ on the scheduled day of exit, 29th March - though as we know that date is rather up in the air at the minute - the question is whether anyone will spare the marchers a thought in the meanwhile. It seems unlikely progress will be followed on the BBC's red button.
Some 300,000 people tuned in on YouTube to watch April the giraffe give birth. "Online sensation" April gave birth to a male calf at Animal Adventure Park in New York on Saturday, with viewers hanging on to watch the newborn get to its feet and nurse. The chance to name the baby giraffe will now be thrown open to the public.
This is of course a jolly, feel good story; a rare glimpse into the positive side of humanity - if a breech of giraffe privacy. But one top tip re: the naming - don't get "the people" involved in anything.

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