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NYPD fires officer for 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

New York Police Department Commissioner James P. O'Neill speaks at a news conference at Police Headquarters in New York Monday. | REUTERS

After five years of investigations and protests, New York City’s police commissioner on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of an ...

No risk of increased radiation after deadly rocket blast, Putin assures

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during his meeting with his French counterpart at the French president's summer retreat at the Bregancon fortress on the Mediterranean coast, near the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, southern France, on Monday. | AFP-JIJI

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday there was no risk of increased radiation levels after a blast at a military site in northern Russia ...

Elizabeth Warren offers public apology over claim to tribal heritage

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen.Elizabeth Warren sits among Native American tribal leaders as she speaks at the Frank LaMere Native American Forum while campaigning in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday. | REUTERS

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s ...

Deadly airstrikes target Turkish convoy heading to key rebel-held city in Syria’s Idlib, raising tensions

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Smoke billows above buildings during a reported airstrike by pro-regime forces on Khan Sheikhun in Syria's Idlib province on Monday. A Turkish military convoy crossed into northwest Syria Monday, heading toward a key town where regime forces are waging fierce battles with jihadists and rebels. | AFP-JIJI

Airstrikes targeted a Turkish army convoy inside a rebel-held part of northwestern Syria on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 12 others, the Turkish Defense ...

U.S. successfully tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

This U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time shows a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 km of flight. | SCOTT HOWE / DOD / VIA AFP-JIJI

The U.S. Defense Department announced on Monday the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with ...

U.S. top cop William Bar sacks prisons chief in wake of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s jail-cell suicide

via The Japan Times    Aug 20, 2019

Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons Hugh Hurwitz speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington in July. Hurwitz has been removed from his post more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Attorney General William Barr announced Hurwitz's termination Monday. | AP

Attorney General William Barr has removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey ...

Zapatista indigenous rebels extend control over areas in southern Mexico

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Members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) attend an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in La Realidad, Chiapas, Mexico, in January. The Zapatista indigenous rebel group posted on their website Saturday that it is extending its control over

Mexico’s Zapatista indigenous rebel group announced that it is extending its control over so-called “autonomous” zones to 11 more areas in the southern state of ...

Russian panel eyes alleged foreign interference in mass Moscow poll protests

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People with national flags and various political party flags gather during a protest in Moscow July 20, Russia. Russia's lower parliament house set up a commission on Monday to examine alleged cases of foreign interference in connection with a recent series of protests, and is to hold its first session on Aug. 30 | AP

Russia’s lower house of parliament on Monday set up a commission to examine alleged cases of foreign interference in connection with a series of protests ...

Bangladesh and UNHCR to survey Rohingya regarding return to Myanmar after earlier repatriation bid failed

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Rohingya refugees shout slogans against repatriation at the Unchiprang camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh last fall. Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday. | AP

Bangladesh will work with the United Nations refugee agency to determine if more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees will accept Myanmar’s offer to return home, an ...

‘Environmental tragedy’ as Canary Islands fire burns out of control, forces thousands to flee

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Flames and smoke from a forest fire are seen in the village of Guia, in the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spain, Monday. | REUTERS

A fire raged out of control on the Spanish holiday island of Gran Canaria on Monday, forcing evacuations as flames rose so high even water-dropping ...

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