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U.S. Jury Reaches Decision in Ferguson Police Shooting

A U.S. grand jury has reached a decision on whether or not to indict a white police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in a tense suburb, prosecutors said Monday.

There is no indication yet as to whether or not officer Darren Wilson will face charges for the death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 in the community of Ferguson, just outside St Louis. 

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India PM's Estranged Wife 'Concerned' about Security Cover

The estranged wife of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought details about her security cover Monday, voicing concerns about her safety as her family demanded that she be treated as the country's "first lady."

The premier, who swept to power in May as head of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, and Jashodaben were wed in an arranged marriage as teenagers.

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Niger Elects New Parliament Head after ex-Speaker Flees

Lawmakers in Niger chose an ex-opposition member to become the new head of parliament on Monday, replacing Hama Amadou who fled to France after being named in a baby trafficking scandal.

Amadou Salifou "was declared elected as speaker of the National Assembly with 71 votes," out of 113, said parliamentary vice-president Daouda Marthe, who has led parliament since Amadou's departure. 

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Shot Israeli Nationalist Rabbi Defends al-Aqsa Stance

Israeli rabbi Yehuda Glick, who survived a murder attempt after calling for Jewish prayer rights at Jerusalem's flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound, defended his stance on his release from hospital Monday.

Glick was shot four times by a masked gunman in Jerusalem on October 29.

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Teenager Linked to Canadian Soldier's Killer Arrested

A 15-year-old boy who befriended the suspect in the first jihadist attack on Canadian soil was arrested days prior to the killing, local media said Monday.

The daily newspaper La Presse, citing unnamed sources, said the teenager had contacted suspected jihadist Martin Couture-Rouleau on Facebook.

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Ban Says Israel, Palestinians Must Step Back from the Brink

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and the Palestinians on Monday to step back from the brink and return to peace talks before time runs out.

"The Israeli and Palestinian people face a shared fate on shared land.  There is no erasing the other," Ban told a U.N. committee on Palestinian rights.

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Kabul Bombing

Two U.S. Army soldiers were killed on Monday when their vehicle was struck by a homemade bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul, defense officials said.

One of the troops was a non-commissioned officer and the second was an enlisted soldier, two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Agence France-Presse.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Resigns as IS War Heats Up

President Barack Obama announced the departure of U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the Islamic State threat.

The former Republican senator, who has been in the job for less than two years, was chosen to oversee a shift to a peacetime military with smaller defense budgets, but found the United States at war again.

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Chief Defends Ohio Cop who Shot 12-Year-Old Boy

The chief of police in the U.S. city of Cleveland on Monday defended the conduct of an officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who was wielding a replica handgun.

Tamir Rice died in hospital early Sunday after two police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, confronted the African-American youngster at a recreation center.

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Israeli Stabbed by Palestinians in East Jerusalem

An Israeli student of a Jewish seminary was stabbed in the Old City of annexed east Jerusalem late Monday, leading to the arrests of three alleged Palestinian assailants, police said.

The Israeli suffered serious wounds when he was attacked by several Palestinians at the yeshiva, or seminary, where he studied in the Old City, the police said.

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