A student survivor of the Parkland school shooting called out US President Donald Trump over his ties to the powerful National Rifle Association, in a poignant address to an anti-gun rally in Florida. Emma Gonzalez says gun control is "a question of life or death" and "needs to stop being a question of politics." SOUNDBITE

Lorena Sanabria was among the hundreds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who hid in their classrooms as a gunman killed 17 people. Now, just days after the shooting, the 11th grader has become an advocate for gun control, urging fellow students to "speak directly to the government and plead and beg" them to change gun laws in the US.Updates previous version

Since his return from the International Space Station last year French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has been training to fly the Airbus "Zero-G" plane, which recreates the weightless conditions of space flight. As he prepares to start his new job he took part in a special flight with members of the public who'd paid 6,000 euros per ticket for an out-of-this-world experience.

Thirteen people, including three children, are killed after a cabinet minister's helicopter crash-landed on the way to the epicenter of an earthquake, state officials say. RAW

Stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska back the #MeToo movement at the launch of their new film, a 'feminist Western' called 'Damsel', at the Berlin film festival.

The French capital's river boats resumed their activity on the Seine Friday, after going out of service on January 22 due to the river's rise following heavy rainfall.

A Pakistani court hands four death sentences to a man charged with raping and murdering a young girl, in a case that shocked the country and sparked major riots in his home district. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITE

Roger Federer becomes the oldest world number one after the 20-time Grand Slam title winner reached the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open.

A powerful earthquake shakes Mexico City, triggering the capital's quake alarm system and causing buildings to sway.

At least 33,000 refugees from Cameroon's English-speaking regions have fled to Cross River state in southeast Nigeria. Some are staying with locals, others are camping out in public buildings, but all of them say they're fleeing repression.

A Florida gunshop owner shows the features of an AR-15-like semi-automatic rifle, two days after a similar weapon was used by a 19 year-old gunman to kill 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that the US indictment of 13 Russians for actively meddling in the 2016 presidential race makes no suggestion they influenced the outcome of the election which brought Donald Trump to power.

Egyptian dancers perform a traditional "tahtib", or stick dance, show in Cairo.

Angela Merkel is 'happy' about Turkey releasing a German-Turkish journalist held for more than a year without charge, which could remove a major hurdle to repairing ties between Ankara and Berlin.