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Eric Garner: NY officer in ‘I can’t breathe’ death fired

[ad_1] Image copyright NY Daily News Image caption Eric Garner with wife Esaw The New York City police officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed African American man has been fired. Daniel Pantaleo was sacked over the death of Eric Garner, whose dying words "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry for protests against police brutality.A civil rights investigation was launched in 2014 after a grand jury
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Elissa, Lebanese pop star, retires from ‘mafia-like’ music industry

[ad_1] Image copyright Anadolu Agency Image caption Elissa has sold millions of albums worldwide and has been outspoken on social taboos Elissa, one of the biggest pop stars in the Arab world, has announced her retirement, blaming what she called the "mafia-like" music industry. The Lebanese singer surprised fans on Monday by saying that her next album would be her last. She did not explain her mafia comparison, but complained
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US police digitally removed tattoos from mugshot

[ad_1] Image copyright Court photo A man charged with robbery in Oregon is trying to dismiss his case after police admitted to photoshopping the mugshot used by witnesses to identify him.Police say they digitally removed the facial tattoos from the image of Tyrone Lamont Allen, 50, so as not to make it "stand out" in a photo line-up.Mr Allen was charged in four bank robberies in the Portland area in
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‘Cut the Iron Curtain’: Germany’s 1989 freedom picnic

[ad_1] Image copyright VOTAVA Image caption One afternoon in 1989, 600 East Germans surged through the open Hungary-Austria border An innocent-sounding "Pan-European Picnic" in Hungary 30 years ago made the first rip in the Iron Curtain, when more than 600 East Germans rushed through a border gate into Austria.It was the signal for an exodus to the West which became a flood, culminating in the fall of the Berlin Wall
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The Rock marries girlfriend Lauren Hashian in Hawaii

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Rock has married his long-term girlfriend Lauren Hashian - in a secret ceremony in Hawaii on Sunday.The 47-year-old announced the news on Instagram to his 154 million followers.The pair have been dating since 2006, when they reportedly met while he was filming his movie The Game Plan, and have two children together - Jasmine, born in 2015 and Tiana in 2018.His photos were liked
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‘Nightmare’ hand statue looms over New Zealand city

[ad_1] Image copyright City Gallery Wellington Image caption The newly-installed sculpture is the stuff of nightmares A giant hand which has been described as a "Lovecraftian nightmare come to life" has been lifted into place atop Wellington's City Gallery in New Zealand.Ronnie van Hout's "Quasi" installation was carried by helicopter to its new home on Monday overlooking the city's civic centre.The artwork, which was created in 2016, originally stood on
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Texas government organisations hit by ransomware attack

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ransomware is a type of malicious software that disables a computer and its data until a payment is made Hackers have infected 23 organisations connected to local government in the US state of Texas with ransomware.Officials indicated the attack over the weekend was co-ordinated.The Texas Department of Information said the attack had primarily affected smaller local government departments.A spokesman said the situation was
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Turkey removes three top Kurdish mayors in major crackdown

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkish anti-riot police deployed in Istanbul after protests erupted over the crackdown Turkey has removed three elected mayors from office and detained more than 400 people as part of a crackdown over alleged links to Kurdish militants.The mayors, who were elected in March, are accused of spreading "terrorist propaganda" and "financing terrorism".Ankara says they - and the many others detained - have ties
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Syrian civil war: Damascus condemns Turkey convoy for Idlib

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Syria has condemned the convoy as an act of aggression and says it is heading for the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun Syria has condemned a Turkish convoy bound for a town in the rebel-held northern province of Idlib.Russian and Syrian air strikes are reportedly trying to halt the convoy's advance - raising fears of direct clashes between the countries. Idlib is one of