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Aussie stores pull Grand Theft Auto

Target's Australia stores are removing Grand Theft Auto V from the shelves after more than 40,000 people signed an online petition saying the video game encourages players to murder women for entertainment.

Rockstar Games' GTA V originally debuted in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A new edition for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was released last month.

Strauss Zelnick, chairman and chief executive of Rockstar Games' parent company, Take-Two Interactive Software, said he was disappointed the Australian retailer decided to stop selling the game.

Evan Lapiska, spokesman for Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Target, said Target Australia was not operated by the US retail company and the game would continue to be sold in Target stores in North America.

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