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US supreme court rules in favour of routine DNA swabs after arrest

A sharply divided US supreme court on Monday said police can routinely take DNA from people they arrest, equating a DNA cheek swab to other common jailhouse procedures like fingerprinting.

World’s top weapons exporters unite to sign historic UN arms treaty

The first internationally-binding agreement to control the multi-billion pound trade in arms and ammunition was being signed at a ceremony at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Monday, a historic diplomatic achievement that campaigners say has taken a decade.

Majority of Bangladesh garment factories ‘vulnerable to collapse’

Three-fifths of garment factories in Bangladesh are vulnerable to collapse, according to a survey by engineers in the country.

East coast sees violent remains of storm that brought tornadoes to Oklahoma

The remnants of a violent storm that claimed 13 lives in Oklahoma sent punishing winds and torrential downpours to northern New England and a tornado to South Carolina. And there could be more coming, though meteorologists say the worst is over.

Czech capital on alert as floods swamp central Europe

(Reuters) – Volunteers piled up sandbags to keep a swollen river from overwhelming the Czech capital’s historic centre on Monday after floods across central Europe forced factories to closed, drove thousands from their homes and killed at least eight people.

Senator Frank Lautenberg dies at 89v

(Reuters) – Frank Lautenberg, a self-made multimillionaire businessman who became a leading liberal in the U.S. Senate and championed smoking bans, gun control, airline safety and rail transportation, died on Monday at 89, an aide said.

Turkish premier brands protesters extremists

(Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking “arm-in-arm with terrorism”, remarks that could further inflame public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades.

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