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Aiming to head off new looting and
rioting, Missouri’s governor today ordered
National Guard reinforcements into the
St Louis suburb of Ferguson following
overnight violence ignited by the clearing of
a white police officer in the fatal shooting of
an unarmed black teenager.
Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown,
the 18-year-old shot to death by officer
Darren Wilson in August, condemned as
biased the grand jury process that led to
yesterday ’s decision not to bring criminal
charges against Wilson.
About a dozen Ferguson buildings burned
overnight and 61 people were arrested on
charges including burglary, illegal weapons
possession and unlawful assembly, police
said. Police said protesters fired guns at
them, lit patrol cars on fire and hurled
bricks into their lines. Police fired teargas
flash-bang canisters at protesters and shops
The killing in Ferguson, a predominantly
black city with a white-dominated power
structure, underscores the sometimes tense
nature of US race relations. The St Louis
County grand jury’s decision also led to
protests in other major US cities. The unrest
came despite calls by President Barack
Obama and others for police and protesters
to exercise restraint.
Brown family lawyer Benjamin Crump
said the grand jury process was unfair
because the prosecutor in the case had a
conflict of interest and Wilson was not
“This process is broken. The process should
be indicted,” Crump told a news conference,
adding that the family wants police to
be equipped with body video cameras to
provide an indisputable account of their
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said he was
meeting with law enforcement officials and
bolstering the National Guard deployment
to ensure that people and property are
protected in the days ahead. “ The violence
we saw in areas of Ferguson last night is
unacceptable,” Nixon said in a statement.
“This is going to happen again,” Ferguson
area resident James Hall, 56, said as he
walked past a building smouldering from
a blaze set during the street protests in the
“If they had charged him with something,
this would not have happened to Ferguson,”
Although no serious injuries were
reported, St Louis County police chief
Jon Belmar said the rioting overnight was
“much worse” than the disturbances that
erupted in the immediate aftermath of the
Schools in Ferguson and its surrounding
cities were closed today and city offices in
Ferguson were also shut.
Wilson told the grand jury that Brown
had tried to grab his gun and he felt his life
was in danger when he fired, according to
documents released by prosecutors.
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Protesters outside a burning beauty parlour during riots in Ferguson overnight.
A string of Syrian regime air strikes on the
Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed capital
Raqa has killed at least 63 people, more than
half of them civilians.
The air strikes overnight were the deadliest
by President Bashar al-Assad’s air force
against Raqa since the Sunni extremist IS
seized control of the city last year.
“Among the 63 killed were at least 36
civilians,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian
Obser vatory for Human Rights said.
“There were also 20 unidentified victims
who could be civilians or jihadists, as well as
the disfigured remains of at least seven other
people,” he said.
The director of the Britain-based monitoring
group said previously that “most of the
casualties were caused by two consecutive air
strikes” on Raqa’s main industrial zone.
“The first strike came, residents rushed to
rescue the wounded, and then the second raid
took place,” Abdel Rahman, whose group
relies on a network of sources on the ground
in Syria for its information, said.
Amateur video footage distributed by
activists in Raqa showed several bloodied
bodies laid out on a street near an apparent
bombing site as an ambulance rushed to the
Aid workers in red overalls bearing the Red
Crescent symbol could be seen placing the
corpses into white body bags.
The Islamic State organisation emerged in
Syria’s war in spring 2013. — AFP
kill 63 in
The author of a new Bill Cosby biography
is apologising for not pursuing allegations
that the comedian had drugged and sexually
assaulted numerous women.
Mark Whitaker, whose Cosby: His Life
and Times was published in September,
tweeted yesterday that he was wrong not
to “aggressively” look into the charges and
promised to address them “at the appropriate
Whitaker’s book has been widely criticised
for idolising Cosby, although some critics
praised it upon release.
Amazon.com included Cosby among its best
books of September and top 100 biographies
and memoirs of 2014.
The book includes blurbs from David
Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld and Mary Tyler
Cosby co-operated with Whitaker, agreeing
to be interviewed.
But, according to Simon and Schuster, Cosby
had no control over the book’s contents. — AP
Cosby author ‘sorry’ for
leaving out allegations
A teenage Pakistani girl has been shot
dead by her uncle following a row over loud
music, police say.
Rehana Bibi, thought to be 17 years old,
was shot on Sunday in the Kallar Kahar
valley in Punjab province’s Chakwal
district, about 120km from the capital
Sadat Ali, an official on duty at Kallar
Kahar police station, said Bibi was alone at
her home listening to music.
Her uncle, Muhammad Gulistan, went to
the house and demanded that she turn down
When she did not turn it down, they
argued and he shot her dead.
Another police official, Ali Akbar, said
they were attempting to find and arrest the
Police said they were not aware of
any family feud leading up to the
In Pakistan’s highly patriarchal and often
violent society, women are frequently killed
over minor issues or so-called matters of
The Aurat Foundation, a campaign
group that works to improve women’s
lives in Pakistan, says more than 3000
have been killed for “honour” since 2008.
Pakistani girl killed
over loud music
A Filipino woman has been reunited with
her dog a year after the pet went missing in
the chaos of Typhoon Haiyan.
The nine-year-old mongrel named Bunny
sur vived giant waves wrought by the super
typhoon, but went missing in the upheaval
that followed the November 8 tragedy, owner
Ailyn Metran said.
“I never lost hope. God saved Bunny from
the storm surge, so why would he let her die
after wards,” Metran said.
Metran and her husband found their
emaciated pet rooting through a rubbish bin
in the central city of Tacloban last month.
Tacloban bore the brunt of the storm, one
of the worst disasters to hit the Southeast
Asian nation, which left more than 7350
people dead or missing.
“ We saw a dirty stray dog that looked like
her. I called out her name and she came,
asking to be cradled,” Metran said.
Metran, 34, who works at a state health
insurance company, said her family had fled
their Tacloban home ahead of the typhoon
but left three pet dogs behind.
Two of the dogs drowned, but somehow
Bunny sur vived and when her owners
returned two days later, they found her
whimpering inside a bedroom.
However they were forced to leave the city
in the upheaval that followed. Unable to take
Bunny with them, they left her in the care
of relatives, but the dog soon went missing
in the turmoil that gripped the city after the
storm, Metran recounted. — AFP
Pet pooch found year after typhoon
A young woman is believed to have been
meditating before she fell to her death at a
popular lookout in the Blue Mountains in
New South Wales, police say.
Abseilers were attempting to recover her
body after it was found in a tree 40m below
Evans Lookout, near Blackheath.
The woman was with friends when she
climbed over a railing near the edge of the
cliff on Monday night.
“ We believe the four people were here at
the location meditating, here for relaxation,
exactly why this lady has climbed over the
railing you can see here at the lookout, we
are not too sure,” Inspector William Slatford
“Police rescue operatives will be
abseiling over the cliff to try and secure
the body. It is a recovery operation now.
It ’s a tragic warning for people to obey
After searching overnight on Monday, a
police helicopter spotted her body in the
tree yesterday morning. — AAP
fatal cliff fall
Burial workers in Sierra L eone have dumped
bodies in the street outside a hospital in
protest at authorities’ failure to pay bonuses for
handling Ebola victims.
Residents said up to 15 corpses had been
abandoned in the eastern town of Kenema,
three of them at a hospital entrance to stop
people entering. The head of the district Ebola
Response Team, Abdul Wahab Wan, said the
bodies included those of two babies.
A spokesman for the striking workers, who
asked not to be identified, said they had not
been paid their weekly hazard allowance for
Authorities accepted the money had not been
paid but said that all the striking members of
the Ebola Burial Team would be dismissed.
“Displaying corpses in a very, very inhumane
manner is completely unacceptable,” the
spokesman for the National Ebola Response
Centre, Sidi Yahya Tunis, said.
He added that the central government
had paid the money to the district health
management team. “Somebody somewhere
needs to be investigated (to find out) where
these monies have been going,” he said.
Health care workers have repeatedly gone
on strike in Liberia and Sierra L eone over pay
and dangerous working conditions. Two weeks
ago, workers walked off the job at a clinic in
Bo, Sierra L eone.
Sierra L eone has become the biggest hotspot
in the west African Ebola epidemic, which
has killed nearly 5500 people since March.
Workers angry over pay,
dump Ebola corpses
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