According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the number of firearms produced in the U.S. more than tripled from 2001 through 2013. Also, firearm imports quadrupled over that period, to 5.5 million in 2013. The biggest foreign suppliers of guns to the U.S. are Austria and Italy. Source: Bloomberg
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Pyongyang could stage an unprecedented strike on the US at an unexpected time, the North Korean state run news agency KCNA warned on Thursday. The threat came as the South Korean and US navies conduct massive joint drills amid increasing tensions over the north’s nuclear and missile ambitions. Source: Sputnik
EU Council head Donald Tusk has said obligatory migrant quotas “have no future” amid efforts to mend fences with eastern European states. “I don’t see any special future for this project, but it’s important to find an understanding that does not separate Poland and other Visegrad group countries from the rest of Europe,” Tusk, said. Source: Euobserver
Indian warships have entered Vladivostok on Thursday to take part in the first Russian-Indian joint-force drills dubbed “Indra-2017,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd rank Nikolay Voskresensky said. Source: TASS