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Amnesty International Asks U.S. to End Discriminatory Policing

The U.S. government should take action to stop discriminatory policing across the country, rights group Amnesty International said in a report on Friday that documented abuses during the Ferguson protests.

The racially charged killing of 18-year-old black youth Michael Brown reflected "systemic racial discrimination" which the government should do more to eradicate, Amnesty said.

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U.N. Chief to Visit Horn of Africa Next Week

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya next week, leading a delegation from six other international organizations to the volatile Horn of Africa region.

The secretary-general will be joined by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and by officials from the African Union, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, a U.N. statement said Friday.

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Merkel Urges Putin to Support Solution to Ukraine Gas Dispute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to throw his weight behind a quick resolution of an ongoing gas dispute with Ukraine as winter looms.

In the latest talks between the two leaders on the crisis in Ukraine, Merkel also underlined that upcoming elections in areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed separatists must respect national law.

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Zimbabwe Urged to Guarantee Safety of Journalists

Global media watchdog, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, on Friday urged Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by police.

Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her.

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Syrian Refugees Bunk Down in Converted Berlin School

Syrian refugees are bedding down in the converted classrooms of a former Berlin high school as Germany grapples with being Europe's number-one destination for asylum seekers.

Among the newcomers is Mohammed Nabil, 28, who after a perilous land and sea journey now shares a small and immaculate if improvised bedroom with his mother, brother and sister in a working class district of the German capital.

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Singapore President Takes Walk on The Wild Side

Singapore's President Tony Tan took a walk on the wild side Friday with a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens in London as he wrapped up his state visit to Britain.

Tan toured the gardens, the world's largest collection of living plants, at the end of a historic four-day visit, during which he stayed with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

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Suspicious Envelopes Sent to Foreign Missions in Istanbul

Suspicious envelopes containing a yellow powder were sent Friday to the Belgian, Canadian and German consulates in Istanbul, prompting a security alert, officials said.

One person who opened the envelope at the Canadian mission was directly exposed to the unknown substance, which was now being analysed by experts, Turkey's disaster management agency AFAD said.

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Nepal Bus Crash Kills 14, including Three Foreigners

An overloaded bus plunged down a hill in central Nepal on Friday, killing at least 14 people including three foreigners, police said.

The bus was crowded with tourists and Nepalese people travelling for the Hindu festival of Tihar when it crashed in Nuwakot, a small hill town outside Kathmandu, local police official Sarita Rajbhandari told Agence France Presse.

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Militant Group Claims Suicide Bombing against Pakistani Politician

A militant group Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing targeting the head of a leading Pakistani religious political party.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, head of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) party escaped unscathed from the blast after addressing a rally in the capital of Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Thursday.

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Ukraine Elections: Five Candidates to Watch

As Ukraine votes in parliamentary polls on Sunday, the candidates to watch include a pilot imprisoned in Russia, the leader of a volunteer battalion and a former minister under ex-president Viktor Yanukovych.


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