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A Wild West gun battle re-enactor who fired live rounds instead of blanks during a show and wounded three onlookers has pleaded not guilty to illegally possessing a firearm.

In pictures: Hiroshima after the bomb dropped

Saturday marks the 66th anniversary since the US dropped the first atomic bomb in the Japanese town of Hiroshima.

Spectators hurt during 'Wild West shootout'

Three tourists have been injured during a staged Wild West shootout between "lawmen and outlaws", after one of the participants loaded his pistol with live ammunition instead of blanks.

Two charged after metro bombing

Two Belarusians have been charged with terrorism over the bomb attack at a metro station in the capital Minsk on 11 April, which killed 14 people.

Three men on gun charges

Three men have appeared in court in Newry in connection with the discovery of weapons in south Armagh.

Man accidentally shot girl, then killed himself

A teenage girl was shot dead in a remote cottage by her boyfriend accidentally before he ran outside and killed himself, it emerged yesterday.

Services held to mourn Amsterdam gun victims

Church services were held yesterday in an Amsterdam suburb to mourn the six people killed by a gunman at a crowded shopping mall. Tristan van der Vlis, 24, opened fire on Saturday in Alphen aan den Rijn with what witnesses described as a machine gun, before fatally shooting himself in the head.

Choose Your Weapons, By Douglas Hurd

Focusing on a dozen Foreign Secretaries from the last 200 years, this book starts with a bang. In an 1809 duel, an ex-Foreign Secretary shot a holder of the post in the thigh.

Torpedo found in shipping lane

A 20ft torpedo has been found floating five miles off Beachy Head, near a busy cross-Channel shipping lane. Fisherman Peter Storey was on board his boat when he spotted the torpedo near Eastbourne.

BAE abandons its $2bn Platform sale

BAE Systems has had a change of heart about its plans to sell part of its US commercial aerospace division, opting to keep the Platform Solutions unit after a strategic review of the business.

Video: Maryland hit by bomb blasts

Two parcel bombs have exploded in Maryland state government buildings.

10-year-olds have shotgun licences

Some 26 10-year-olds are among nearly 5,000 under 18s with permission to own guns, MPs disclosed last night as they called for a shake-up of the "complex and confusing" mess of firearms legislation. The Commons home affairs select committee demanded new rules on the ages at which guns can be owned and used.

Trident warhead workers protest over pay

Workers at the company that provides the warheads for Trident, the country's nuclear deterrent, will stage a protest tomorrow in a row over pay.

The Gun: The AK-47 and the Evolution of War, By CJ Chivers

Introduced to the world in 1947, the Kalashnikov automatic rifle changed the course of warfare

Pipe-bomb found in car

A pipe-bomb was found in a car stopped by detectives targeting the activities of dissident republicans, it was disclosed today.

Real IRA chief's brother in court over 'arms sting'

A Lithuanian court has begun hearing evidence in a trial against a suspected IRA dissident accused of trying to buy weapons and explosives there.

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