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Russian security forces enter the school in Kazan. Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered the Russian Federal Service of National Guard Troops to start working on new gun regulations following a school shooting that left at least eight people dead, according to the Kremlin.

Driving the news: A gunman on Tuesday morning attacked a school in the city of Kazan and killed seven students and one teacher, while leaving 21 other people hospitalized, AP reports.

  • The suspect was 19 years old and the firearm used was registered in his name, said Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic where Kazan is located, per AP. It is not yet known what type of firearm was used.
  • "While school shootings are relatively rare in Russia, there have been several violent attacks on schools in recent years, mostly carried out by students," AP notes.

The big picture: The new gun regulations will be focused on the types of firearms that are available for civilian use. "Applicants for a firearm’s license must pass psychological exams and own a smoothbore shotgun for a trial period before obtaining a rifle," The New York Times writes.

  • Putin also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
  • He directed government officials to provide medical psychological assistant to the victims. The Russian Emergencies Ministry sent an airplane with doctors and medical equipment to Kazan.

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Aug 18, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines back-to-school questions, answered

DMPS Superintendent Thomas Ahart led Tuesday night's virtual town hall meeting. Screenshot courtesy of DMPS' live video

Des Moines Public Schools' superintendent and staff were questioned Tuesday night about COVID-19 and the new school year, which starts Aug. 25.

A few highlights from the virtual town hall:

Virtual learning: It's an option for all grade levels except for pre-K classes.

  • For K-5, all students can go virtual, if they want to. They can opt in or out after school begins.
  • Middle school virtual classes have space available.
  • High school: There's a waitlist.

COVID: Exposure letters will be sent to parents and guardians of students who shared classrooms with someone who has tested positive.

  • There's no threshold of absences to determine when a class or school might close. (That would involve a decision with state health and education officials.)
  • Multiple fully vaccinated staffers recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently on leave, Superintendent Thomas Ahart said.

Precautions: Masks and vaccines cannot be mandated for students or staff because of state law.

  • An antimicrobial coating is being applied to hard surfaces to help prevent illness.
  • Ventilation systems are being extended beyond school times, most running 20 hours a day.
  • A mask-wearing incentive program is currently being vetted by the school's legal team.

The meeting was recorded and can be watched, here.

Defying DeSantis, Florida's largest school district to require masks

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho speaks on the first day of the 2020-21 school year. Photo: Daniel A. Varela/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

The school board in Florida's largest school district voted Wednesday to require masks for students and teachers when schools reopen next week amid rising Delta-variant COVID-19 cases.

Why it matters: The mask mandate, which allows for medical exemptions, makes Miami-Dade the latest Florida school district to defy Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who issued an executive order that effectively prohibits school districts from imposing mask mandates and threatens to cut funding of those who do.

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Senators grill top Pentagon leaders over Biden's Afghanistan exit

Photo: Carolone Brehman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, and the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, are testifying before Congress for the first time since the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The latest: Austin said in his opening statement that military leaders began planning for a non-combatant evacuation of Kabul as early as the spring, and that this is the only reason U.S. troops were able to start the operation so quickly when the Taliban captured the city. "Was it perfect? Of course not," Austin acknowledged.