UN watchdog slams police shootings of blacks in US

Protesters gather outside the Ferguson Police Department on November 26, 2014 in Missouri after a decision not to charge a white policeman who shot dead black teenager Michael BrownA UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests. With tensions still running high after Monday's decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who shot dead 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, the UN Committee Against Torture published conclusions from its review earlier this month of the US record. Brown's parents had been present at the hearing on November 12 and 13 in Geneva to discuss their son's case with the committee members. "The committee is concerned about numerous reports of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, in particular against persons belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups," the 10-member committee said in its report.


'Black Friday'
Pleas for calm as U.S. tradition of "Black Friday" bargain-hunting hits UK: Police, medics called to supermarkets as fights break out amid crush of shoppers.

Why so few women in India's workforce?
More women in the workforce would increase India's growth. CNN's Mallika Kapur reports.

U.N. watchdog urges Venezuela to investigate torture allegations
CARACAS (Reuters) - The United Nations' torture watchdog on Friday expressed "alarm" at reports of torture and abuse by Venezuelan authorities during months of opposition protests this year and urged the country to fully investigate the incidents.

Three killed around protests in Cairo
At least three people were killed at or near protests by Islamist demonstrators in Cairo, Egypt's state-run media outlet Ahram Online reported.

Four last copies of Magna Carta united for first time

Visitors view the Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta during the opening of an exhibition celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on November 6, 2014London (AFP) - The British Library will bring together the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta for the first time in February as Britain celebrates the 800-year anniversary of the famous constitutional charter.


US 'horrified' by Syrian regime raids, slams Assad

Rescue workers remove a body following air strikes reportedly by Syrian government forces in the Islamic State (IS) group controlled Syrian city of Raqa, on November 25, 2014The bombing Tuesday was the deadliest by President Bashar al-Assad's air force since Islamic State jihadists seized the city last year and declared it their capital. It was not clear how many Islamic States members were killed, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than half of the dead were civilians. The US State Department condemned the strikes, and said the regime had no value for human life. "We are horrified by the reports that the Assad regime's airstrikes yesterday in Raqa, Syria killed dozens of civilians and demolished residential areas," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement, released Wednesday.


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