News Florida rally to ban assault-style weapons set for Wednesday 2018-02-21T07:48:10.000000000-05:00 PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff were shot and killed will call for a ban on assault-style weapons when they meet with lawmakers and hold a rally on Wednesday in Tallahassee, the state capital. Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry 2018-02-21T07:42:57.000000000-05:00 CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry. Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall 2018-02-21T06:57:24.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, amid one of the most intense bombardments of the war by pro-government forces on the besieged, rebel-held enclave near Damascus. Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege 2018-02-21T06:34:32.000000000-05:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month. Rally calling for ban on assault-style rifles to be held in Tallahassee 2018-02-21T06:18:00.000000000-05:00 PARKLAND/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Student and parent activists from the Florida high school where 17 teens and staff members were slain last week in a shooting rampage will hold a rally on Wednesday at the state capital, calling for a ban on assault-style rifles. Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site 2018-02-21T06:17:32.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary. Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive 2018-02-21T06:13:08.000000000-05:00 BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned of grave consequences on Wednesday after pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive. 'Peace' doesn't sell at Pyeongchang, say Games sponsors 2018-02-21T05:49:25.000000000-05:00 PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - An image of a giant dove lit up the night sky and singers performed John Lennon's "Imagine" at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, not long after athletes from enemies South and North Korea marched into the stadium together. Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: media 2018-02-21T05:47:43.000000000-05:00 JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said. Exclusive: Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters - sources 2018-02-21T05:44:36.000000000-05:00 TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.