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As Americans reel from a horrific act of violence in Newtown, Conn., debates over gun control, mental health care and children's safety have reopened across the US and beyond. GlobalPost brings you news and analysis from around the world in the wake of a shooting that left 20 children and eight adults dead.

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A woman holds a child as people line up to enter the Newtown Methodist Church near the the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. (Douglas Healey/AFP/Getty Images)
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Newtown church sees bomb scare ahead of Obama visit

Bomb threat reported only a mile from Newtown's Sandy Hook school.

A Newtown, Connecticut church was evacuated due to a bomb threat only a mile from the place where 20 children and six adults were killed in a horrific school shooting on Friday, reported Reuters.

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The incident comes as US President Barack Obama is en route to Newtown for a vigil tonight for victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. 

A witness told Reuters state troopers and police surrounded St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic church today and ordered everyone to leave. 

The Guardian's correspondent in Newtown reported a "scene just now in Sandy Hook that no one wanted to see," describing:  

"The officers entered the building and torchlight could be seen inside. Outside, police in standard uniforms stood around the white building, some with weapons drawn. Three of the police officers stood behind broad trees outside. ... As press and some churchgoers watched, the situation remained the same for around five minutes, before finally the officers in SWAT gear left the building. They walked more casually this time, and the man with a shield held it down by his side." 

The Associated Press said police have yet to release an official report.

Further details were not immediately available. 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/121216/newtown-church-bomb-scare-comes-amid-obama-visit