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MISSOURI---Unrest since Michael
Brown's death has resulted in 163
arrests in the Ferguson area where
protesters have gathered nightly, and
although the majority of those arrested
are Missourians just seven live in the
St Louis suburb where the shooting
occurred, authorities said yesterday.
St Louis County spokeswoman
Candace Jarrett provided the arrest list,
the crimes they are charged with, and
their addresses and years of birth.
Many are from communities near
Ferguson, but just seven are from the
town where a white police officer shot
the black 18-year-old on August 9.
Meanwhile, St Louis police released
video showing officers killing a knife-
wielding man on Tuesday. The video
shows the man saying, "Kill me now" as
he moved toward two officers. Both
fired six shots, killing the man, 25-year-
old Kajieme Powell.
A woman prepares
to feed fish
remains to pelicans
at the Ancon
Harbor on the
outskirts of Lima,
Ancon is an old
town that was
known as the
of Lancon" during
Colonial period, and
continues to be an
active cove for
after the town
with beach goers.
WASHINGTON---President Barack Obama
sent special operations troops to Syria
this summer on a secret mission to rescue
American hostages, including journalist
James Foley, held by Islamic State extrem-
ists, but they did not find them, officials
The rescue mission was authorised after
intelligence agencies believed they had
identified the location inside Syria where
the hostages were being held, administra-
tion officials said Wednesday.
But the several dozen special operations
forces dropped by aircraft into Syria did
not find them at that location and engaged
in a firefight with Islamic State militants
before departing, killing several militants.
No Americans died but one sustained a
minor injury when an aircraft was hit.
"The US government had what we
believed was sufficient intelligence, and
when the opportunity presented itself, the
president authorised the Department of
Defence to move aggressively to recover
our citizens," said Lisa Monaco, Obama s
top counterterrorism adviser, in a statement.
"Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately
not successful because the hostages were
Officials revealed the rescue operation
a day after the militants released a video
showing the beheading of Foley and threat-
ened to kill a second hostage, Steven Sotloff,
if US airstrikes against the militants in Iraq
Despite the militants threats, the US
launched a new barrage of airstrikes against
Islamic State targets in Iraq Wednesday.
The Obama administration did not rule
out the prospect of a military operation in
Syria to bring those responsible for Foley s
death to justice.
Disclosure of the rescue mission marks
the first time the US has revealed that
American military personnel have been on
the ground in Syria since a bloody civil
war there broke out more than three years
Obama has resisted calls to insert the
US military in the middle of Syria s war,
a cautious approach his critics say has
allowed the Islamic State to strengthen
there and make gains across the border in
Jihadists holding US journalist James
Foley wanted a $132m (£80m) ransom for
his release, his employer has said.
GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said the
Islamic State (IS) militants first demanded
money last year.
Foley was abducted in November 2012,
and a video of his beheading was released
by IS earlier this week.
In it, they threatened to kill another Amer-
ican if the US did not stop its air strikes
against the group in northern Iraq.
US air strikes have continued near Mosul
despite the warning.
The US has begun a formal criminal inves-
tigation into the Foley s death, with Attorney
General Eric Holder saying that the US has
a "long memory and our reach is very wide."
In the UK, police and security services
are trying to identify the jihadist who
appeared in footage of Foley s killing.
Unconfirmed reports suggest the man---
who had an English accent---is from London
or south-east England. BBC
JOHANNESBURG---Two men in rural South Africa
are suspected of killing a farmworker with oranges,
police said yesterday.
Citing witness accounts, police Lt Col Moatshe
Ngoepe said the suspects allegedly argued with the
man, then collected oranges and began hurling them
"They started pelting the deceased with all those
loose oranges, killing him on the spot," Ngoepe said.
However, he cautioned that an investigation was still
under way and aspects of a case he described as
"complicated" still had to be verified. AP
MONROVIA---Hundreds of residents of a Liberian
slum lined up to receive rice and water from govern-
ment officials yesterday in their neighbourhood
which was sealed off from the rest of the capital in
an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola.
Security forces erected barbed-wire wrapped bar-
ricades on Wednesday to cut off West Point. Food
prices inside the impoverished peninsula began to
rise almost immediately. Residents clashed with po-
lice and soldiers hours after their neighbourhood
was sealed off, furious that they were being blamed
and cut off from markets and jobs. But the situation
was calm yesterday.
The World Food Program said it would also begin
distributing food in the area in the coming days. AP
NEW DELHI---India's most famous prisoner of
conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in
jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that
landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her
brother said yesterday.
Irom Sharmila, 42, has not eaten a single morsel of
food voluntarily since November 2000, when she
began her protest against an Indian law that sus-
pends many human rights protections in areas of
conflict. She was arrested three days later on
charges of attempting suicide---a crime in India---and
prison officials have force fed her through a tube in
On Wednesday evening, Sharmila, looking frail and
holding back tears, walked out of prison after a court
order threw out the charges against her. AP
A forensic investigation into clothing and swabs
taken after the murder and alleged gang rape of two
teenage cousins in northern India has concluded
they were not sexually assaulted.
The girls were found hanged from a tree in Uttar
Pradesh state in May, in a case which sparked global
outrage. Three suspected attackers were taken into
custody along with two policemen. At the time a
local post-mortem examination confirmed multiple
sexual assaults and death due to hanging.
The CBI refused to provide any more details, but
media reports quoting sources in the CDFD said "no
male DNA had been found on the clothes and per-
sonal effects" of the girls and also "no female DNA
was found on the samples taken from the male sus-
US special ops tried,
failed to find hostages
Man dead after
Hanged girls' 'rape' in doubt
Liberia gives food in Ebola slum
Freed activist won't stop
14-year hunger strike
Foley's killers 'wanted US$132m ransom'
Seven out of 163 arrests from Ferguson
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