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Obama makes gun law a priority

President Barack Obama hopes to get new US gun control measures passed during the first year of his second term after saying the country is 'failing' to protect its children.

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Pope saddened by 'senseless violence' in Newtown

Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims gathered in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square that he was "deeply saddened by Friday's senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut".

Pope Benedict XVI addressing the pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Vatican City Credit: EBU

The pontiff said, "I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain".

"Upon those affected by this tragedy, and upon each of you, I invoke God's abundant blessings!", he added.

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