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ideo of US police officers
shooting dead a 12-year-
old black boy holding a
replica gun seconds after
confronting him has
further stoked anger in the country.
Sur veillance video released yesterday
showed that the boy, Tamir Rice, was
shot last weekend just seconds after
two officers arrived in a patrol car at a
Cleveland, Ohio park.
Audio broadcast on US tv shows
that a man who first saw the boy
waving and pointing the gun and
called police, specified at least twice
he thought it was probably “a fake”.
But the dispatcher speaking to
officers rushing to the scene fails to
mention that the witness thought the
gun was not real.
The video emerged as tensions eased
in Ferguson, after two days of often
violent unrest sparked by Tuesday ’s
decision by a grand jury not to charge
a white policeman who shot dead an
unarmed black teenager.
Just a few dozen protesters and
clergy braved rain and light snow to
protest outside the police department
in the St Louis suburb, where
18-year-old Michael Brown was
killed on August 9.
The shooting sparked weeks of
protest and a debate about race
relations and military-style police
A Missouri grand jury decided not
to prosecute officer Darren Wilson,
who fired the fatal shots — a move
that inspired coast-to-coast anger in
the United States as well as a rally
across the Atlantic in London.
The simmering fury led a small
group of protesters to attempt to
storm St Louis city hall yesterday.
After they were rebuffed, extra
police and a National Guard
Humvee were called in to protect the
In Ferguson, the group of mostly
young people — bundled up against
the cold — shouted: “ This is what
democracy looks like.”
One or two taunted and swore at
the 50 National Guard members in
riot gear who stood on duty at the
During the day volunteer clean-up
crews swept the streets of Ferguson,
where angry crowds torched
businesses and looted stores.
Heavy security — police, state
troopers and National Guard troops
— wa s still visible in the streets
yesterday, but the situation was
In Britain thousands of
sympathisers angered by Brown’s
treatment marched in London
chanting the same slogan: “Hands up,
US civil rights leaders have called
for more protests on Sunday.
Similar rallies were held last year
after the acquittal on murder charges
of neighbourhood watch volunteer
George Zimmerman, who shot dead
another unarmed black teen, Trayvon
Martin, in Florida.
Brown’s parents however had
harsher words for Wilson, who had
said on Wednesday he had a “clean
conscience” about the shooting.
The jury found that Wilson had
shot Brown in self-defence after an
altercation with him. A total of 12
shots were fired.
In his first televised comments since
the incident, Wilson told ABC News
he had feared for his life during the
confrontation, believing Brown was
attempting to wrestle his gun away
A visibly emotional McSpadden
said on NBC’s Today show that
Wilson’s remarks added “insult after
injury” and were “so disrespectful”.
His father, Michael Brown senior,
said on NBC he felt the officer’s
version of events was “crazy ”.
“For one, my son, he respected law
enforcement,” Brown said. — AFP
A police officer points his gun from behind his car at a boy holding a toy gun shortly before he was shot dead.
Tempers flare at video of boy killed by police
A loyal dog has shown up every
day for two years at a Siberian
hospital where her master passed
Masha appears at the hospital’s
reception in Novosibirsk region
every morning, the Siberian Times
reports. Masha is well cared for
by staff, who make sure she has a
warm bed and food.
The faithful canine was the
elderly man’s only visitor, staff say,
and ran home every night to stand
guard before returning the next
They hope someone will give her
a loving home, although she has
run back to the hospital just hours
after being adopted by a family
“ You see her eyes, how sad they
are, not (like) when a dog’s happy,”
Dr Vladimir Bespalov said. — AP
Faithful wait for dead owner
Masha the dog sits outside the hospital where her owner died.
French farmers have brought their
sheep to the Eiffel Tower to express
their frustration over increasing
attacks by wolves that some say
have been over protected by the
Some 300 sheep grazed at the foot
of the French capital’s most famous
monument overnight as the farmers
gathered under foggy skies to demand
an effective plan to stop the wolf
“ Today farmers, tomorrow
unemployed,” read one banner, while
one of the protesters dressed as a wolf
carried around a lamb.
But a rival demonstration by
animal rights activists, calling for the
wolves to be protected, also made an
appearance under the Eiffel Tower.
The protesters were due to meet
Agriculture Minister Stephane Le
Foll later on Thursday, along with
“ We wanted to show authorities
how absurd the wolf is. And since we
can no longer protect our flock, we are
going to ask the government to keep
them,” Serge Preveraud, president of
the National O vine Federation.
French farmers have grown
increasingly angry over the rise in
wolf populations and want the right
to cull more of the animals than the
government currently allows.
For 2014-15 a cull of 24 wolves was
The animals, hunted almost to
extinction in France in the 1930s,
crossed back into the country from
Italy in the 1990s and are now
protected, numbering about 300.
The last official figures in August
showed 4800 wolf attacks so far this
year, mostly on sheep, about 1000
more than the same time in 2013.
Sheep are herded in front of the Eiffel Tower in a demonstration against
the protection of wolves in France.
Wolves give French sheep a baa-d time
Spanish magistrates have charged four
people, including three Catholic priests,
with sex offences following a child abuse
investigation instigated by Pope Francis.
The priests, along with a lay person,
were arrested on Tuesday as part of
an investigation in Granada, southern
Spain, and have been released from
custody. One of them had to pay bail
of 10,000 euros ($NZ15,850), the
Supreme Court of the Andalusia region
The case came to light when a man
wrote to Pope Francis saying he had
been molested when he was an altar boy.
A second person has since come for ward
with similar allegations, according to the
After a series of scandals in recent years,
with abuse by Catholic clerics exposed
in many European, American and Asian
dioceses, Francis has promised a hard
line on such cases.
The Pope said this week he had
personally ordered an investigation into
the allegations in Granada.
“The truth is the truth and we should
not hide it,” he said.
The Archdiocese of Zaragoza, in
north-eastern Spain, separately said
overnight it had launched its own probe
into allegations by a former deacon that
he had been abused by a priest.
El Mundo newspaper reported that
the Vatican had been informed of the
scandal and had pressed the Archbishop,
Manuel Urena, to step aside for
sanctioning a payment to the ex-deacon,
who had recently asked to leave the
The archdiocese said in a statement
Urena had asked to leave for health
reasons and that an internal investigation
of the “supposed facts” had been started.
It added that the priest at the centre of
the allegations was pursuing legal action.
The Zaragoza diocese said it had made
a one-off payment of 60,000 euros in
November to the former deacon but did
not specify what this was for. — Reuters
ends in priest arrests
Scotland is set to get sweeping new
powers including setting its own income
tax rates, under plans unveiled by a cross-
party commission on greater devolution.
recommendations in the
agreement will result in the biggest
transfer of powers to the Scottish
parliament since its establishment,”
Lord Robert Smith, who chaired the
commission, said in Edinburgh.
“The parliament will be more
powerful, more accountable and more
autonomous,” he said, referring to the
assembly set up in 1999 as part of the last
major devolution campaign in Britain.
The commission was set up following
a last-ditch promise made by the
leaders of Britain’s unionist three main
political parties to grant Scotland
greater autonomy if it voted “No” in the
September independence referendum.
Other proposals include control
over air passenger duty, some welfare
payments and part of national sales tax,
as well as the right for 16 and 17-year-
olds to vote in Scottish elections, below
the national threshold of 18.
Decisions on corporation tax will stay
on a national level.
British Prime Minister
Cameron said he was “delighted” with
“Thisis agooddayfor theUK ...We
are keeping our promise to the Scottish
people,” the Conser vative leader said.
He also pledged to put for ward a plan
by Christmas to grant greater devolution
to England — a key demand from
supporters in England who resent the
powers being given to Scotland.
“The report today also makes the
case for English votes for English laws
unanswerable,” he said.
Draft laws for greater Scottish
devolution are to be drawn up by January
Scots voted by 55% to 45% to stay
within the UK. — AFP
Eleven mutilated corpses, many of them
decapitated, were found dumped by the
roadside in south-west Mexico overnight
in the same state where 43 trainee teachers
were abducted and apparently massacred
two months ago, local authorities said.
The grisly discovery came just hours
before embattled President Enrique
Pena Nieto was set to announce a series
of measures to improve law and order in
a land grappling with daily drug gang
Some of the naked torsos of the corpses
were burnt, photographs published by
local media showed.
The attorney general’s office in the
restive Guerrero state said the bodies were
found in Chilapa, a municipality in the
same region as the radical leftist college
attended by the abducted students.
Pena Nieto took office two years ago
vowing to restore order in Mexico,
where about 100,000 people have died in
violence linked to organised crime since
But the shocking case of the trainee
teachers has disrupted his efforts to focus
public attention away from violence and
onto a raft of economic reforms he has
pushed through Congress. — AP
An Australian man with prior
convictions for improper dealings with
children has been caught teaching
English classes in Bali and will be
deported, authorities say.
John Peter Domenic Rigano, 65, was
caught teaching English in Kuta earlier
this month in a sweep by immigration
In 2009, Rigano, who was then a
psychiatrist, was sentenced in the Cairns
District Court to nine months’ jail, for
indecently touching a teenage boy who
was being treated for anxiety.
Bali authorities found Rigano was
misusing a multiple entry visa and
He will be deported to Brisbane today.
Head of Ngurah Rai Immigration
Office, Mohamad Soleh, said staff at the
English Now office at first told officers
that no foreigners worked there.
“ We were suspicious when we looked at
the schedule on the wall of the office that
said there were native speaker teachers
there,” he said.
During questioning, Rigano revealed
he had been convicted of sexually
harassing underage boys in Australia, Mr
Two other Australians, both young
women teaching at the same English
school, were also found working with the
A fourth Australian, a 24-year-old
woman, was discovered working as the
operational manager at a Kuta hotel while
her working permit was still pending
approval. The three were not detained
and authorities have not decided whether
to deport them.
Two Americans, one UK citizen, one
Japanese citizen and four Nor wegians
were netted in the same operation.
Radio telescopes on Earth will
beam 90,000 messages to Mars
tomorrow to commemorate the
launch of the first robotic probe to
visit the planet 50 years ago.
A US space funding company
called Uwingu organised the
extra-terrestrial shout-out to mark
the 50th anniversary of Nasa’s
Mariner 4 mission and to raise
funds for its other projects.
Uwingu’s Beam me to Mars
initiative invited interested
participants to send digital radio-
wave transmissions of their names,
messages and pictures to Mars for
fees ranging from $5 to $99.
The effort attracted several
celebrities including actor and
comedian Seth Green and actor
George Takei, who portrayed Mr
Sulu on the television series Star
Travelling at the speed of
light, the messages will take 15
minutes to reach Mars. The entire
transmission will be repeated
While there is no one on Mars to
answer the call, project organisers
say that is beside the point.
Copies of the messages will be
delivered to Congress, to Nasa
headquarters in Washington, and
the United Nations in New York
as a show of support for space
“Though no one is on Mars yet
to receive the messages, here on
Earth people will hear them loud
and clear,” Uwingu wrote on the
Uwingu, which is pronounced
“oo-wing-goo” and means “sky”
in Swahili, is a privately owned
company that raises money to fund
space research and educational
Since Mariner 4’s successful
flyby of Mars, returning the first
pictures of the planet ’s surface,
more than 20 other spacecraft
have successfully visited, orbited
or landed on the planet ’s surface.
Nasa currently has three orbiters
and two rovers working on Mars,
and the European Space Agency
and India each have one Mars
orbiter. — Reuters
Earthlings to send 90,000 messages to Mars
Museveni thinks his country is a
better tourist destination than Spain
because it has a very mild summer
climate, unlike Spain’s, which he
called “very hot and humid”.
“In Europe, people go to the
Mediterranean coast. I visited Spain,
it is very hot and humid in summer.
I think Uganda would be a better
destination than some of those
destinations,” Museveni said in an
opinion piece in the New Vision.
According to the leader, his
country is a “good place on the
globe where you can go and have a
nice life”, because the weather there
is “very mild”.
hardly have forgotten that in 2012
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy remarked that “Spain is not
Uganda” during negotiations over
the European Union bailout of his
country’s financial sector.
Rajoy ’s words offended and
angered Museveni and many
ordinary Ugandan citizens, who
launched a social media campaign
with the slogan “Uganda is not
Spain” to defend their country.
In his opinion piece, Museveni
acknowledged that “the biggest
problem with tourism is poor
promotion”, and he criticised those
responsible for not marketing the
potential of Uganda “correctly”.
Uganda ‘better holiday spot than Spain’
Scientists have developed the
ultimate hangover cure — a drug
that reduces the harmful effects of
binge-drinking on the brain.
The same drug may open the door
to new treatments for Alzheimer’s
and other brain diseases, researchers
Tested on rats experiencing the
equivalent of a human binge-
drinking bender, it curbed brain
cell loss and inflammation and
improved their memory.
Evidence suggests that binge-
drinking may have long-term effects
and the ability to pay attention.
Teenagers are especially at risk
because their young brains are still
The new drug, named ethane-
beta-sultam, was developed over 10
years by British, Belgian and Italian
Binge-drinking is defined as
consuming five or more alcoholic
drinks one after the other over a
four to six-hour period.
Rats taking part in the study were
given doses of alcohol designed
to simulate binge-drinking in a
human. Their memory was tested
by seeing how well they could find
a hidden platform in a water maze.
Animals treated with ethane-
beta-sultam were able to navigate
the maze as well as those not fed
In the longer term, such
compounds may help in the
treatment of diseases such as
Alzheimer’s that also involve
inflammation and the loss of brain
cells. — PA
Scientists create ultimate hangover ‘cure’
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