06 Dec

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Eric Garner protests continue in cities across America through second night

Marchers take to streets in anger at chokehold verdict, with demonstrations also taking place in other major cities

We can’t breathe: the burgeoning Eric Garner protests – video

Protesters swarmed the centre of New York and cities around the US in a second night of largely peaceful protest following the decision not to indict a white New York police officer over the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man he placed in a chokehold.

Thousands of marchers proceeded in waves throughout New York City, with one group stopping traffic as they marched from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge, and some carrying fake coffins with the names of police shooting victims. Groups also congregated at Times Square and at Staten Island ferry terminal……………….


An Iraqi refugee, having fled his home along with many others due to the violence of armed groups le

An Iraqi refugee, having fled his home along with many others due to the violence of armed groups led by Isis in Iraq. Photograph: Getty

Iran air strikes against Isis requested by Iraqi government, says Tehran

Senior Iranian official says attacks were carried out in conjunction with Baghdad government and not US

A senior Iranian official said on Friday his country’s air strikes against Islamic State extremists in Iraq was carried out at the request of the Baghdad government but was not coordinated with the US.

The deputy foreign minister, Ebrahim Rahimpour said the purpose of the strikes was “the defence of the interests of our friends in Iraq” who he defined as the Baghdad government and the Kurdish autonomous region in the north of the country, who are both fighting the Isis movement.

“In this matter, we did not have any coordination with the Americans. We have coordinated only with the Iraqi government,” Rahimpour told the Guardian, in an interview in London.

He said he did not know specific details of the strikes but added: “In general, every military operation to help the Iraqi government is according to their requests.”………………….


Adnan Shukrijumah, the senior al-Qaida leader wanted by the US over a 2009 plot to attack the New Yo

Adnan Shukrijumah, the senior al-Qaida leader wanted by the US over a 2009 plot to attack the New York subway system. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Al-Qaida’s chief of global operations killed in army raid in Pakistan

Adnan Shukrijumah was indicted in the US over a plot to bomb New York’s subway system

Al-Qaida’s chief of global operations – who was indicted in the US over a plot to bomb New York’s subway system – has been killed in an army raid in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region.

Adnan Shukrijumah was killed, along with two other suspected militants, in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal area early on Saturday.

A senior Pakistani army officer said: “The al-Qaida leader, who was killed by the Pakistan army in a successful operation, is the same person who had been indicted in the United Stated.” ………………….


Luke Somers

Luke Somers, a 33-year-old British-born US journalist, who has been killed in a failed rescue attempt. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/EPA

Barack Obama condemns ‘brutal murder’ of American photojournalist

British-born Luke Somers was being held in Yemen by al-Qaida militants after being kidnapped in September 2013

US president Barack Obama has condemned the “brutal murder” of American photojournalist Luke Somers, who was shot by his al-Qaeda captors during a rescue mission by US special forces.

The 33-year-old was shot during the rescue attempt on Saturday morning and died while being transferred to a warship by American troops. A South African teacher being held with him, Pierre Korki, was also killed in the raid.

“On behalf of the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to Luke’s family and to his loved ones,” Obama said in a statement.

“As this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the United States will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located. And terrorists who seek to harm our citizens will feel the long arm of American justice.”………………..



Akai Gurley’s funeral: a cry for answers

As another grand jury deliberates on the killing of an unarmed black man by police, a community declares ‘enough is enough’

The rain fell softly on Akai Gurley’s white casket as six men carried it the few metres from the hearse to the doorway of Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn.

A few dozen mourners stood under umbrellas, their feet sodden. One held the stars and stripes, another held the red, black and green of the pan-African. Both flags drooped in the cold.

“We can’t take no more,” someone called from the crowd as the casket moved inside for the private wake. Gurley, 28, was another unarmed black man killed by a police officer.

Once the service began around 200 people had assembled inside. The choir sang as people lined up to view the body.

“When you hear laughter, that’s Akai. When you see a smile, that’s Akai,” Gurley’s stepfather, Kenneth Palmer, told the congregation. “Sweet memories, my dear brothers and sisters, is all we have. Let us not forget.”


northern visches

Northern viscachas peek out from rocks at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco – Peru’s top tourist attraction. This week saw the opening of COP 20 UN climate talks in the country’s capital, Lima Photograph: Enrique Castro-mendivil/Reuters

 The week in wildlife – in pictures

A puffed up owl and snow-laced trees bring a touch of winter to this week’s round-up of stunning images from the natural world




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