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Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Chicago police shooting

Chicago - President Barack Obama said he was "deeply disturbed" by video of a white Chicago policeman shooting dead a black teenager, in the latest such incident to roil the United States.

U.S. policeman charged with murder had 20 earlier complaints

Chicago - A white Chicago policeman caught on tape shooting dead a black teenager had at least 20 complaints filed against him but was never disciplined, a database shows, in the latest such incident to inflame racial sentiment in the US.

Canadian federal court suspends deportation of Rwandan man Special

A Canadian federal court judge has suspended the deportation of a Rwandan man until his case is reviewed and justice is ensured.

US kids' lawsuit over climate change gathers steam

Miami - A lawsuit over climate change filed by 21 young Americans has gained the attention of the fossil fuel industry, which is joining the US government to oppose the kids' demands for sharper pollution cuts.

Texas executes triple child killer

Washington - Texas executed Wednesday a death-row inmate who killed three children in a fire at their home, the youngest of whom was his baby daughter aged just one.Raphael Holiday's other two victims were his step-daughters, who were aged five and seven.

IS may be trying to exploit refugee debate: German minister

Berlin - Germany's justice minister on Monday warned against drawing a hasty link between refugees and perpetrators of the deadly Paris attacks, warning that the IS group could be trying to exploit the debate over Europe's migrant influx.

Two more Paris attackers identified: Prosecutor

Paris - French prosecutors said Monday they had identified two more Paris attackers, including a Syrian and a Frenchman who was previously charged in a "terrorist" case.

Mexico leader wants expert debate on pot legalization

- Mexico's president indicated that his administration could drop its opposition to legalizing marijuana depending on results of an upcoming debate of experts on the matter.

Two women risk jail time for same-sex wedding in Costa Rica

San Jos - Same-sex weddings may be legal in a small but growing number of countries, but not in Costa Rica where two women who married, and their lawyer, face criminal charges, and having the union annulled.

Op-Ed: Will Canada condemn Rwanda’s brutality at home and abroad? Special

Rwanda’s tragic history and predatory governance have been devastating for refugees. The West has enabled the government’s witch-hunts and has made things worse.

Another Myanmar student leader arrested, days before vote

Yangon - A Myanmar student leader has been arrested just days ahead of landmark polls, a relative said on Thursday, after another activist was detained for rallies in March that sparked fears of a return to junta-era tactics.

Mexico's top court opens door to recreational pot use

- Mexico's Supreme Court opened the door to recreational use of marijuana in a landmark ruling, giving a group of activists permission to grow and smoke their own pot.

Non-smokers lead fight for Mexico pot legalization

- An unlikely group is leading the legal battle to break Mexico's marijuana ban: Two attorneys, an accountant and a social activist with no interest in actually growing or smoking pot.

U.S. high court grapples with racism in jury selection

Washington - Timothy Foster has spent nearly 30 years on Georgia's death row. On Monday, his lawyer will speak before the Supreme Court to fight for his life, pointing to endemic racism in US jury selection and the death penalty.

Ukraine leader says arrest of oligarch ally just 'the start'

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warned Sunday that the arrest of a millionaire associate of one of the country's most powerful oligarchs was only "the start" of a fight against the corruption plaguing the ex-Soviet country.

Mexico's top court postpones marijuana hearing

- Mexico's Supreme Court postponed on Wednesday a much-anticipated hearing on a citizen group's bid to legally smoke marijuana, a potential landmark case in a country beset by drug violence.

Activists hope Mexico top court breaks pot ban

- Mexico's Supreme Court will debate on Wednesday a citizen group's bid to legally consume marijuana, an effort that activists hope will break pot prohibition in a country beset by drug violence.

Huge fire in Brazil's jungle threatens tribes: Greenpeace

Rio De Janeiro - A huge fire engulfing a swath of Brazilian jungle threatens the existence of remote indigenous tribes and may have been started by illegal loggers invading the territory, Greenpeace said Wednesday.

Four-year jail sentence sought for driver in Spain train disaster

Madrid - Public prosecutors on Tuesday called for a four-year jail term for the train driver involved in one of Spain's worst rail disasters, in which 80 people died in 2013, and that victims' families receive 42.9 million euros ($47.3 million) in compensation....

Venezuelan prosecutor fired after calling politician's case a 'farce'

Caracas - A Venezuelan prosecutor who called the conviction and imprisonment of a leading opposition leader a "farce" has been fired, the country's attorney general said Monday.

Srebrenica families ask pan-Europe court to try Dutch commanders

Den Haag - The families of three Bosnian Muslims who were killed after leaving UN protection in 1995 have asked the European Court of Human Rights to prosecute three ex-UN commanders for their deaths, their lawyer said Sunday.

Venezuelan prosecutor calls opposition leader's jailing a 'farce'

Caracas - A Venezuelan prosecutor says he has fled the country with his family, accusing the leftist government of using "false evidence" to convict jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.

Spanish judge asks Britain again to extradite ETA militant

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Friday asked Britain for the fourth time to detain and extradite a convicted member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA back to Spain.

U.S. police chiefs call for reducing prison population

Washington - A group of 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs from around the United States called for reforms that would to reduce the US prison population.

Two Germans, ex-official sentenced in Chile for enclave kidnappings

Santiago - A Chilean court on Monday sentenced an ex-intelligence official and two residents of a secretive German community in southern Chile of kidnapping 50 people in 1975.

Thousands rally in Spain for release of Basque separatists

Donostia-san Sebasti - Thousands took to the streets of San Sebastian in northern Spain on Saturday to call for the release of Arnaldo Otegi, the jailed head of the Basque independence Sortu party.

Dream turns sour for Ethiopian migrants jailed in Malawi

Monkey Bay - The dream of a new life in South Africa has turned into a nightmare for hundreds of Ethiopian migrants held in overcrowded Malawian jails despite having served their sentences for illegal entry."This prison is hell on earth.

Malaysia vows to punish 'trigger-happy criminals' who downed MH17

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia vowed on Tuesday to seek the prosecution of the "trigger-happy criminals" who downed flight MH17, after a Dutch-led investigation said it was shot down by a missile fired from war-torn eastern Ukraine.

Catalan separatists in court over independence vote

Barcelona - Spanish judges on Tuesday started questioning Catalan officials charged with breaking the law by holding a vote last year on their contested drive for independence from Spain.

Turkish police detain newspaper editor for 'insulting Erdogan'

Istanbul - Turkish police on Friday detained the editor of a leading English-language daily newspaper on suspicion of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a series of tweets.
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