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Semi-automatic pistol recovered on New York subway

A silver Semi-automatic pistol has been recovered on a New York subway, the New York Police department said.

Semi-automatic pistol recovered on New York. Credit: NYPD

It's sometime difficult to find the words to speak to events like those that occurred today, to try and make sense of them. But, we'll try.

While sitting in a marked NYPD police car, in full uniform, both were ambushed and murdered in front of 98 Tompkins Avenue in the Bedford Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, New York City.

– Police Commissioner William J. Bratton

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton wrote in a blog that two of New York's finest were shot and killed "with no warning, no provocation".

Obama briefed on shootings of two New York police

A White House official has said that Barack Obama was briefed on the fatal shootings of two New York police officers.

Obama has been briefed on the shootings of two New York police officers. Credit: PA

The US President was informed of the shootings while playing golf in Kailua, Hawaii, where he is vacationing for two weeks with his family.

White House staff are continuing to monitor the situation, the official said.

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Barack Obama condemns shooting of NYPD officers

Police officers line the route as vehicles containing the bodies of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead drive by in the Brooklyn borough of New York drive by. Credit: Reuters/Stephanie Keith

President Barack Obama has said that he unconditionally condemned the murder of twopolice officers in New York City on Saturday, adding in a statement that police officers "deserve our respect and gratitude every single day."

Photos released of two officers murdered in New York

NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos, Left, and Wenjian Liu, Right, who were shot by a gunman earlier today. Credit: Reuters/NYPD

The NYPD has released photographs of the two police officers who were "assassinated" by a gunman as they sat in a patrol car.

Officers Wenjian Liu,32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley who then fled into a nearby underground station before killing himself.

Australia: Mother charged with children's murder

An Australian woman has been charged with murder over the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home.

Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a Queensland hospital where she is recovering from stab wounds.

The children four girls and four boys, were aged between two and 14

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Memorial service held in US for Lockerbie victims

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The 270 people who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing exactly 26 years ago will be remembered at a memorial service in the United States today.

Scottish law officers will be among those attending the service at the Arlington cemetery in Washington to mark the anniversary of the 1988 atrocity.

Leading the delegation will be Scotland's top prosecutor, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland.

He has reaffirmed his belief in the guilt of the only man convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and vowed to track down his accomplices.

Archbishop seeks to 'bridge' gay marriage split

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge the split within the Anglican church over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Expanding on comments he made earlier this month, the Most Rev Justin Welby told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that he was determined to try to listen to both sides. And he admitted he has "moments" of frustration about the issue.

In human terms it looks impossible and many people say that we shouldn't be bothering to try.

The reality is that when I listen to people I know that I'm listening to people for whom not just the issue of sexuality but the whole way in which the Church lives and exists and reaches out to people, what it looks like to be a holy church, is something on which they feel passionately and are deeply, deeply, deeply disagreeing.

And if you love them you listen carefully, and in obedience to the work of the spirit of Christ, we have to seek to love one another.

– Justin Welby

White House planning international response to Sony hack

The Obama administration is consulting the UK, Australia and New Zealand, among other countries in hopes of organizing an international response to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that it has pinned onNorth Korea, a White House official told Reuters.

The US is also consulting South Korea, Japan, China and Russia for help reining in North Korea.

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