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Saturday December 21st, 2019 evening edition

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New Zealand authorities have said their country will be a safer place after owners handed in more than 50,000 guns during a buyback programme following a ban on assault weapons.

The government banned the most lethal types of semi-automatic weapons less than a month after a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March.

Police then launched a six-month programme to buy the newly banned weapons from owners.

The buyback ended at midnight on Friday, with gun collection events staying open late as police reported in a last-minute surge.

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The ban on assault weapons was strongly backed by legislators in a historic 119-1 vote after the mosque attacks.

Police figures indicate the government paid just over 100m New Zealand dollars (£50m) to compensate owners during the buyback. »

U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices

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(Reuters) - Earlier this week the United States Navy banned the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the popular short video app represented a “cybersecurity threat.”.

A bulletin issued by the Navy on Tuesday showed up on a Facebook page serving military members, saying users of government issued mobile devices who had TikTok and did not remove the app would be blocked from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

Last month, U.S army cadets were instructed not to use TikTok, after Senator Chuck Schumer raised security concerns about the army using TikTok in their recruiting. »

SEC Football Leaving CBS After 2023, Likely For ESPN/ABC

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SEC Football Leaving CBS After 2023, Likely For ESPN/ABC.

CBS Sports execs decided that it made more sense to invest the money they would have paid the SEC into other sports.

While we‘ve had success with the SEC on CBS, we are instead choosing to aggressively focus on other important strategic priorities moving forward.”. »