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Protesters march in Chicago after video showing police officer shooting black teen released

Protesters march in Chicago after video showing police officer shooting black teen released

Protesters largely honored calls for restraint Tuesday after the release of a dash-cam video showing a a white Chicago police officer shooting and killing a black teenager, with few arrests reported and only brief disruptions to city traffic.

City officials and community leaders had long braced for the footage of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with murder earlier Tuesday. They feared the kind of turmoil that occurred in cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.

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The tide is turning: ‘I am tired of Israel using US-made rockets to bomb Palestinians so that ultra-conservatives can steal their land’

The tide is turning: 'I am tired of Israel using US-made rockets to bomb Palestinians so that ultra-conservatives can steal their land'

If you doubt that we are in the forefront of a growing movement to support human rights for Palestinians, then you have not read readers' comments on an article in the New York Times yesterday on the move by the European Union to label imports from the occupied Palestine as "settlement goods."

Even as Times editors sought to brand the move as anti-Semitic, Times readers overwhelmingly applauded the move and decried Israeli policies. Many called the settlements by their correct name, colonies. Many mentioned anti-Palestinian discrimination. And many said they used to support Israel but have been disgusted by Israel's landgrabbing and its killing of Palestinians. It was not till the 13th comment that you found one that was supportive of Israel.

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Amnesty queries $1.3bn US bombs deal with Saudi Arabia

Amnesty queries $1.3bn US bombs deal with Saudi Arabia

The US state department has approved the sale of $1.3bn of bombs to Saudi Arabia, to allow the Gulf nation to replenish its depleted weapons supplies as it continues to conduct intensive air strikes in Yemen and Syria.

Amnesty International, however, told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that some of the types of bombs the US proposes to sell have previously been used in air strikes in Yemen that violated international humanitarian law.

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AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring on Obama’s ISIS plan

AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring on Obama's ISIS plan

Americans are souring on President Obama's approach to fighting the Islamic State group, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office.

More than 6 in 10 now reject Obama's handling of the threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, where Obama has been escalating the U.S. military's involvement in a bid to break a vexing stalemate. Support for his approach has followed a downward trajectory since the U.S. formed its coalition to fight the group in late 2014. Last September, Americans were roughly split, yet disapproval has jumped 8 percentage points just since January.

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Israeli diplomats threaten to disrupt arrangements for PM’s Obama meet

Israeli diplomats threaten to disrupt arrangements for PM’s Obama meet

Israeli diplomats are threatening to disrupt arrangements surrounding the meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama ne in Washington, over an ongoing labor dispute between Foreign Ministry employees and the Finance Ministry.

Monday’s White House session will be the first meeting between the two heads of state in a year — and more pertinently since the July signing of the Iranian nuclear deal, brokered by the US and five other international powers and fiercely opposed by Israel.

The Foreign Ministry workers’ union warned Thursday that it could call a strike among diplomats in Israel and aboard without prior warning, thereby disrupting the scheduled meeting next week.

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Spanish court ‘orders arrest’ of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Spanish court ‘orders arrest’ of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and six former Israeli officials are likely to face arrest if they set foot in Spain. They have been accused in a case over the 2010 attack on the Freedom Flotilla.

Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata has told police and the civil guard to inform him if any one of them enters Spain, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune.

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The Insidious Relationship between Washington and ISIS: The Evidence

The Insidious Relationship between Washington and ISIS: The Evidence

[By Prof. Tim Anderson] Reports that US and British aircraft carrying arms to ISIS have been shot down by Iraqi forces have been met with shock and denial in western countries. Few in the Middle East doubt that Washington is playing a ‘double game’ with its proxy armies in Syria, but some key myths remain important amongst the significantly more ignorant western audiences.

A central myth is that Washington now arms ‘moderate Syrian rebels’, to both overthrow the Syrian Government and supposedly defeat the ‘extremist rebels’. This claim became more important in 2014, when the rationale of US aggression against Syria shifted from ‘humanitarian intervention’ to a renewal of Bush’s ‘war on terror’.

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Venezuela alleges US spy plane violated its airspace

Venezuela alleges US spy plane violated its airspace

Venezuelan Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said on Sunday that a US plane had violated the South American country's airspace. Speaking on television, Gen Padrino said the plane had entered Venezuelan airspace near the Los Monjes archipelago on the Caribbean coast.

The general alleged that the plane belonged to the US Coast Guard.

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