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Police Have Killed at Least 1,083 Americans Since Michael Brown’s Death

Police Have Killed at Least 1,083 Americans Since Michael Brown's Death

A year ago today, a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, catalyzing a firestorm of protests and re-animating national conversations on issues of race, policing, and violence in the US.

Michael Brown's bleeding corpse was subsequently left facedown in the middle of the road for four hours on the afternoon on August 9, 2014 — exposed to the midday summer sun and eyes of residents, a few of whom snapped cellphone images that would eventually spread across social media, the nation, and the world. At Brown's funeral, two weeks later, the Reverend Al Sharpton remarked that the 19-year-old was left laying in Canfield drive like his "life… didn't matter" — an observation that protesters set out to disprove when they took to the streets en masse over several months to declare that Brown's and all "black lives matter."

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‘Iran is Great’ peace stunt mistaken for terror threat

‘Iran is Great’ peace stunt mistaken for terror threat

A publicity stunt intended to change the way Iran is perceived in Britain backfired after an ‘Iran is Great’ van parked outside a London museum was reported to police as a “suspicious vehicle.”

The ‘Iran is Great’ campaign van was driven from Iran across Europe to Britain by a family aiming to “change world opinion” and fight negative cultural stigmas, despite poor relations between the nations since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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Police arrest dozens of protesters in New York

Police arrest dozens of protesters in New York

US police have arrested dozens of people in New York City during a protest to mark the first anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a white police officer.

Protesters in New York City gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon to protest against racial discrimination and police brutality.  

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Freedom of speech case outrages Germany

Freedom of speech case outrages Germany

Journalists have been accused of treason; a chief prosecutor fired; and we have witnessed the unedifying spectacle of government ministers scrambling to get out of the firing line after popular outrage.

But the scandal rocking Germany's political establishment isn't about sleaze or corruption but rather whether a little-known website can publish documents already publicly discussed.

What started off as an obscure case has turned into a fiery national debate about the freedom of the press and the influence of government ministers over the courts.

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UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Harper government

UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Harper government

On July 20, 2015 the United Nations Human Rights Committee, in its seven-page Concluding Observations Report, adopted a number of critical observations of Canada's human right practices, treatment of Indigenous people and criticized Harper's policies on immigration and treatment of refugees. The Report was termed "A wake up call" on Canada's human rights performance.

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4,000 women and girls abandoned by the Irish State every year

4,000 women and girls abandoned by the Irish State every year

Today in Dublin, Amnesty International activists from around the world staged a protest against Ireland’s restrictive abortion laws outside the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister). Delegates brought 80 suitcases to signify the number of Irish women and girls who travel abroad each and every week to access a safe and legal abortion.

Their reasons for seeking an abortion vary; some are survivors of rape, some are carrying a fetus with a severe or fatal impairment, some have serious health conditions, some make the decision for economic or other reasons. But all of them are left with no option other than to travel to another jurisdiction.

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