News Massive crowds rally across U.S. to urge tighter gun controls 2018-03-24T15:18:21.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON/PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans galvanized by last month's Florida school massacre rallied on Saturday at nationwide March For Our Lives protests led by students demanding tighter gun laws. France mourns 'hero' officer who took place of hostage in attack 2018-03-24T13:03:57.000000000-04:00 PARIS (Reuters) - France was in mourning on Saturday for a French security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist militant. As Syrian rebels quit Ghouta, Douma stands alone 2018-03-24T12:30:02.000000000-04:00 BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army on Saturday paused its bombardment of Douma, the last rebel bastion near Damascus, a war monitor said, as insurgents prepared to leave the rest of their former enclave of eastern Ghouta. Hundreds of thousands set to march for tighter U.S. gun controls 2018-03-24T11:22:40.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to rally nationwide on Saturday for tighter gun laws in "March For Our Lives" protests led by survivors of the Florida school massacre, which reiginited public anger over mass shootings. The Catholic Church - coming to a Starbucks near you? 2018-03-24T11:14:17.000000000-04:00 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - It might be called Cappuccino Catholicism. Trump moves to limit transgender individuals from military service 2018-03-24T11:06:44.000000000-04:00 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on Friday that bans some transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, but gives the armed forces latitude in implementing policies. Moscow says Europe 'unpredictable and aggressive' over Skripal: RIA 2018-03-24T10:46:54.000000000-04:00 MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is uncomfortable about European states' stance over the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England, RIA news agency cited the Kremlin as saying on Saturday. French gendarme who took place of hostage dies of gunshot wounds 2018-03-24T10:26:41.000000000-04:00 PARIS (Reuters) - France was in mourning on Saturday for a French security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist militant. Italian election winners reach deal on parliamentary speakers 2018-03-24T10:09:04.000000000-04:00 ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement hooked up with conservative parties on Saturday to elect the speakers of both houses of parliament, but there was no sign yet they might extend this pact and form a government. China warns U.S. it will defend own trade interests 2018-03-24T09:22:19.000000000-04:00 BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has flouted trade rules with an inquiry into intellectual property and China will defend its interests, Vice Premier Liu He told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a telephone call on Saturday, Chinese state media reported.