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Eric Garner: protests in New York as police officer is spared prosecution

White House announces federal civil rights investigation into death of unarmed black man who was placed in chokehold

Eric Garner ruling: the reaction on the streets

The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has announced a federal investigation into “potential civil rights violations” around the death of Eric Garner after a grand jury decided not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, the New York police officer who placed the unarmed black man in a chokehold.

Thousands of demonstrators disrupted New York City traffic into the early hours of Thursday after the grand jury verdict. Mostly peaceful protests had sprung up on Wednesday evening at locations throughout Manhattan, including Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and near Rockefeller Center, after the panel returned no indictment.

The New York protests were civil, with about 30 arrests by mid-evening. Police were showing restraint and allowing demonstrators to block traffic briefly before coaxing them to move on.

Marchers snaked through the streets for hours, chanting and bumping up against throngs of tourists in New York for the holiday season. Disparate clusters of protesters crossed through Times Square a number of times, and one group brought traffic to a standstill on the West Side Highway along the Hudson River…………………

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Protesters lay down in Grand Central Station

Demonstrators lay down in Grand Central Station during one of the protests over the choking death of Eric Garner. Photograph: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

We can’t breathe’: Eric Garner protesters chant his last words

Demonstrations held in New York after grand jury refuses to indict police officer who placed unarmed black man in chokehold

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This is a painful day, New York mayor Bill de Blasio says after Eric Garner ruling – video

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A man purported to be Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Iraq says the woman detained in Lebanon is not the Isis leader’s wife. Photograph: Reuters

Woman detained in Lebanon is not Isis leader’s wife, says Iraq

Iraq says woman is sister of man convicted of bombings in south of country, not wife of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

A woman detained by Lebanese authorities was not the wife of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq, Iraq’s interior ministry has said.

“The one detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, who is detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in … explosions,” a ministry spokesman said on Wednesday………………

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