Chicago braces for verdict in trial of cop who killed black teen

Chicago, Illinois – A jury in Chicago began its deliberation on Thursday in one of the most closely-watched murder trials in recent memory in a city riven by racial divides, gun violence and police brutality. Jason Van Dyke, a white Chicago police officer, shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on the night of October 20,…

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Who Killed Toys ‘R’ Us? Hint: It Wasn’t Only Amazon

When Toys “R” Us sought bankruptcy protection last September, there was good reason to believe the iconic retailer would work through its problems and emerge a leaner but viable company. Its suppliers were confident enough they continued to fill its shelves with toys. On March 15, however, to the surprise of most people involved, the…

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‘Like twins’: Gaza mourns teenage boys killed in Israeli air raid

Umm Luay zooms in on a photograph on her mobile phone and kisses the screen, again and again. In the photo, her son, Luay Kaheel, is seen smiling alongside his friend, Amir al-Nimra. The two teenagers, 16 and 15 respectively, died on Saturday minutes after an Israeli air raid hit the rooftop of a building in Gaza…

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Two Agree to Plea Deals in Oakland Concert Fire That Killed 36, Lawyer Says

OAKLAND, Calif.—A tentative plea deal has been reached for two defendants in connection with a Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 partygoers at an unlicensed concert in 2016, lawyers said on Friday. Attorneys for Derick Almena and Max Harris expect the two men to formally agree to plea deals on Tuesday. Tyler Smith and…

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‘Why did you attack us?’: Roma killed by far right laid to rest

Serne, Ukraine – A horse-drawn wagon heading a large procession delivers David Popp’s body to its final resting place, a graveyard beside a cornfield in a Roma settlement. A framed photograph of the 23-year-old and a handful of flowers sit on his coffin. During the service on Thursday, mourners, speaking in a mix of Hungarian, Russian…

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Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah ‘killed in drone strike’

The leader of Pakistan’s Taliban armed group has been killed by a drone strike in neighbouring Afghanistan’s remote Kunar province, Afghan officials have said. Mullah Fazlullah, believed to have been operating from hideouts in the forests of eastern Afghanistan, has been at the top of Pakistan’s most wanted list and has been falsely reported killed…

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