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Compiled by Ravi Agrawal
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(CNN) -- After a shocking third U.S. school shooting in the last week, The New York Times has reopened the national debate on gun-control, saying a surprisingly large number of people will "call [the gunman] guilty but his weapons innocent."

"There are no simple solutions to this conflict. It is neither possible nor tolerable to secure every school or guard every child. Nor is it possible or politically tolerable to keep tabs on every gun. But in these killings we see an open society threatened by the ubiquity of its weapons, in which one kind of freedom is allowed to trump all others. Most gun owners are respectable, law-abiding citizens. But that is no reason to acquit the guns."

Lula

After Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva failed to win a majority of the vote in Sunday's election, the Los Angeles Times says that while Lula is "heavily favored" to win the run-off election, he may find it difficult to "get much done" in his second term.

"On the global stage, Lula has been an authoritative voice for social justice, though at times he has been too quick to defer leadership of the Latin American left -- oddly, given Brazil's size -- to the buffoonish Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez. Judging from Sunday's results, that deference may have diminished Lula's standing at home as well as abroad."

The UK's Times says that while Lula has not been a superb president, he has been "much, much better than many feared."

"The best that Brazil can probably hope for is Lula, again, but chastened by his near-death experience in the first round. Not a quick answer to its problems, but a long way from disaster."

Chinese Scandals, and the NFL

After the U.S. National Football League announced two of their teams will play a pre-season game in China next August, The Boston Globe says the "best-marketed sport in the world and the biggest market may not match as precisely as yin and yang."

"Having thrown off all the old revolutionary values, however, China's ruling circles may frown on at least one aspect of professional American football: the NFL's fantastic profits, and even its sustained level of competitiveness, derive from a decidedly non-Darwinian agreement among owners ... China's rulers may be delighted to replace the chaos of the Cultural Revolution with the sublimated violence of a football game. But the last thing they want to see is a level playing field."

Meanwhile Japan's Asahi Shimbun says the "corruption and wrongdoing involving [Chinese] regional officials" has become "impossible to overlook."

"In Shanghai, many financial experts have warned about the danger of a real estate bubble, and the central government urged dampening measures on the property market. But the city government reportedly resisted, making any controls ineffective."

Underwater vows

The Sun in the UK reports news of a Chinese couple who exchanged vows under water at Redang Island in Malaysia. The minister held up water-proof wedding-vow signs, with the couple replying with "I do" signs. "There wasn't a dry eye in the house," joked a tourist board spokesperson.


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