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Chicago releases video of cop shooting teen 16 times

CHICAGO — Hundreds of protesters chanting "16 shots" wove their way through downtown streets Tuesday night after the city released a dramatic video showing a white police officer firing a fatal barrage of 16 bullets at a black teenager.<p>Police and elected officials are bracing for more possible …

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Israel holds off on escalating Gaza barrage; West wants truce

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Egypt launched an initiative on Monday to halt fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants, proposing a ceasefire to be followed by talks in Cairo on settling the conflict in which Gaza authorities say more than 170 people have died.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin …

U.S. and Germany Make Nice Amid Espionage Claims

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the U.S. and Germany “great friends” on Sunday, playing down the tensions surrounding recent allegations …

Malala meets Nigerian president to talk about missing schoolgirls

Malala Yousafzai, the teenage campaigner for girls’ education in Pakistan, told journalists on Monday that Nigerian PresidentGoodluck Jonathanassured her he would free 219 abducted schoolgirls being held by Islamist militants.<p>Malala, who survived a 2012 attack by Pakistani militants opposed to the …

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Islamic State expels rivals from Syria's Deir al-Zor: activists

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State expelled rival rebels from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Monday, tightening its grip on the oil-producing province abutting territory it also controls in Iraq, activists said.<p>The Islamic State’s hardline Sunni fighters have been …

Nigerian leader tells Malala missing girls to be home soon

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised on Monday that more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants would soon return home, teenage Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai said after meeting him.<p>Malala, who became a global celebrity after surviving being …

Australia is a nation once "roamed by rascals and outlaws", claims China

A Chinese tabloid hits back at Australia in diplomatic row over its pro-Japan stance<p>Australia, once "roamed by rascals and outlaws from Europe", is in no position to criticise China, a newspaper with close ties to the ruling Communist Party said after an Australian visit by Japan's prime …

Mali clashes leaves more than 30 dead

More than 30 people have been killed in clashes in the desert of northern Mali, the army and Tuareg rebels said, just days before the start of internationally-brokered peace talks.<p>An army source told the Reuters news agency on Sunday that 37 people had been killed in clashes which began on Friday …

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists Mock #BringBackOurGirls Effort

Nigeria's Boko Haram has released a video mocking Western efforts to rescue more than 200 schoolgirls the Islamist militants captured in April. The al Qaeda-linked group's leader Abubakar Shekau is seen dancing and laughing flanked by fellow fighters and armored vehicles in the 16-minute video. …

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'Ladies in White' protesters held in Cuba crackdown

<b>Dozens of "Ladies in White" opposition activists say they were detained during a protest march in Cuba.</b><p>The women, who were freed after several hours, were marking the deaths of 37 people who drowned while fleeing the island 20 years ago.<p>The government has always denied the group's allegation that …

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Hollande urges Middle East diplomacy after pro-Palestinian protest in Paris

Synagogue under police guard after youths tried to storm building, trapping those inside, following march in capital<p>François Hollande is urging diplomatic partners to talk to Hamas and is pressing Israel for restraint in Gaza.<p>The conflict has fuelled tensions in France, with pro-Palestinian …

China begins criminal probe into three former top officials

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have begun criminal investigations into three former high-ranking officials over corruption allegations, state media said on Monday, two of whom were allies of powerful, retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang.<p>Sources have told Reuters that Zhou has …