Tennessee officer suspended after video shows man being hit

Police say an officer in Tennessee has been suspended with pay after videos showed a suspect being punched during a traffic stop. The body cam and dash cam footage obtained by the Chattanooga Times Free Press shows an officer cursing and striking the suspect with his fist several times in March 2018. The newspaper identified the officer as Benjamin Piazza. […]

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Russian officials rule out attack in building collapse

Interested in Russia? Russian authorities are denying reports that a terrorist attack was to blame for an explosion that brought down an apartment block, killing 39 people. The explosion ripped through a building in the city of Magnitogorsk in the Ural mountains on Dec. 31. Sparse official reports and a security incident the following day fed speculation that the explosion […]

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Firefly Aerospace is behind Florida rocket project: sources

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Firefly Aerospace Inc, a resurgent rocket company founded by a former SpaceX engineer, plans to build a factory and launch site at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Spaceport in a $52 million deal, people familiar with the project said on Wednesday. The Firefly project is strategically important for the Cedar Park, Texas-based startup as it competes with […]

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‘McJesus’ sculpture sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians

Interested in Israel? An art exhibit in Israel featuring a crucified Ronald McDonald has sparked protests by the country’s Arab Christian minority. Hundreds of Christians calling for the removal of the sculpture, entitled “McJesus,” demonstrated at the museum in the northern city of Haifa last week. Israeli police say rioters hurled a firebomb at the museum and threw stones that […]

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Cargo plane crashes in Iran; reports say at least 7 killed

Interested in Iran? An Iranian Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran’s capital, state media reported, with an emergency official saying only one person of the 16 on board was known to have survived. Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall […]

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Gas blast kills three in Paris amid lockdown for yellow vest protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Two French firefighters and a Spanish woman died and nearly 50 people were injured in a massive gas explosion that gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district on Saturday, authorities said. The accident occurred with the center of the capital under security lockdown for a ninth consecutive Saturday of “yellow vest” […]

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Activists call on Australia to accept fleeing Saudi woman

Interested in Saudi Arabia? Thailand’s immigration police chief met Tuesday with officials of the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, and said the officials told him they are satisfied with how the case of the young Saudi woman who claims to be fleeing her abusive family has been handled. Maj. Gen. Surachate Hakparn explained the Saudi reaction to reporters after a meeting […]

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