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Prosecutors say Kristin Smart was killed during rape or attempted rape

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a former classmate with the murder of Kristin Smart, a California college freshman who went missing nearly 25 years ago, alleging for the first time that the suspect killed her during a rape or attempted rape. FILE PHOTO: An undated handout image......

‘This is their blood’: Civil rights lawyer Crump fights for George Floyd’s family

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(Reuters) – As the world follows the often-emotional testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, members of Floyd’s family watch a live feed in a separate room in the courthouse. FILE PHOTO: Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump and members of......

Three brothers killed by Indonesian soldiers at Papuan health clinic: army and witness accounts differ

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By Tom Allard, Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) – One mid-February morning in the central highlands of the Indonesian province of Papua, the army said Prada Ginanjar Arianda, a 22-year-old member of the 400 Banteng Raiders commando battalion, was shot in the stomach by separatist fighters and died. FILE......

Analysis: Biden White House tries to craft gun executive orders that can’t be undone

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is trying to craft a series of executive actions for President Joe Biden to sign to try to limit gun violence, hoping they cannot be quickly dismantled in court, according to aides and gun safety groups. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the mass......

Potential school shooters have common warning signs: U.S. Secret Service report

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(Reuters) – Many potential school shooters exhibit danger signs that can be acted on ahead of time, giving educators, families and fellow students a chance to avert the next tragedy, according to a U.S. Secret Service report issued on Tuesday. The agency’s National Threat Assessment Center studied 67 plots against......

‘Don’t shoot,’ Ethiopian father begged Eritrean soldiers, daughter says

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ADIGRAT, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Fourteen-year-old Mibrak Esayus recalls the day last November when she says Eritrean soldiers burst into her home in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and killed her mother and father. A damaged Eritrean military tank is seen near the town of Wikro, Ethiopia, March 14, 2021.Picture taken March 14,......

Demonstrators call for justice, reforms a year after Breonna Taylor’s death in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered for a rally and march in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor, whose death helped fuel U.S. protests against police brutality. Taylor, a Black 26-year-old emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse, was shot......

Two killed in protests in Myanmar as U.S. and allies vow to restore democracy

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(Reuters) – At least two people were killed in police firing in Myanmar overnight, domestic media reported, as activists called for more anti-coup protests on the death anniversary of a student whose killing in 1988 sparked an uprising against the government. People hold candles during a nationwide night protest against......

UK police confirm body found in woodland is of missing woman

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LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Friday that human remains found in a wood outside London was the body of Sarah Everard, whose disappearance last week has sparked anger and fears among women about their safety. Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend’s house in south London last......

Italian prosecutor seeks life sentences for U.S. students accused of killing

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ROME (Reuters) – An Italian prosecutor on Saturday demanded life sentences for two young Americans being tried on murder charges after a policeman was killed following a botched drugs sale in Rome. Finnegan Lee Elder, who was 19 at the time, has admitted to stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega in the......

Italian prosecutor seeks life sentences for U.S. students accused of killing

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ROME (Reuters) – An Italian prosecutor on Saturday demanded life sentences for two young Americans being tried on murder charges after a policeman was killed following a botched drugs sale in Rome. Finnegan Lee Elder, who was 19 at the time, has admitted to stabbing Mario Cerciello Rega in the......

Grave of slain ‘Everything will be OK’ protester disturbed in Myanmar

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(Reuters) – Guarded by police and soldiers, authorities in Myanmar disturbed the grave of a 19-year-old woman who became an icon of the anti-coup protest movement after she was shot dead wearing a T-shirt that read “Everything will be OK”, a witness and local media said. FILE PHOTO: People attend......

New Zealand police arrest two for threat to mosques attacked in 2019

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(Reuters) – New Zealand police said on Thursday they have arrested two people following a threat made against the mosques that were the scene of mass murder by a white supremacist nearly two years ago. Police said an online threat was made earlier this week against the Al Noor mosque......

Philippine police to look into government admission of drug war failures

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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine police said on Thursday they were looking into a government review of thousands of killings in the country’s “war on drugs”, after the justice minister made an unprecedented admission to the United Nations of widespread police failures. FILE PHOTO: A member of Philippine National Police Scene......

Malcolm X’s family releases letter alleging FBI, police role in his death

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Members of Malcolm X’s family have made public what they described as a letter written by a deceased police officer stating that the New York Police Department and FBI were behind the 1965 killing of the famed Black activist and civil rights advocate. Malcolm X was......

Far-right gunman handed life sentence for killing German politician

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A German court sentenced a far-right sympathiser to life imprisonment on Thursday for shooting dead a pro-immigration politician two years ago in a case that raised questions about whether Germany is doing enough to tackle right-wing radicalism. Walter Luebcke, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, was......

Four Jamaican homeless men hacked to death, person of interest detained

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KINGSTON (Reuters) – Jamaican police said on Tuesday they had detained a person of interest as part of their investigation into an attack over the weekend on six homeless men in Kingston in which four were hacked to death and two critically injured. While Jamaica has one of the highest......

INSIGHT-The fight to avert one last execution on Trump’s watch

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Jan 17 (Reuters) – On Thursday evening, Dustin Higgs, 48, waited in a cell on death row at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, his scheduled execution less than 24 hours away. A five-minute drive down the road, members of his legal team sat around a......

U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Reuters) – The U.S. government early on Saturday carried out the 13th and final federal execution under President Donald Trump’s administration, a media witness said, just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with a promise to try to end the death penalty. Reporting by Jonathan Allen......

U.S. carries out 13th and final execution under Trump administration

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Jan 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. government early on Saturday carried out the 13th and final federal execution under President Donald Trump’s administration, a media witness said, just days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office with a promise to try to end the death penalty. (Reporting by......

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