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Teenager says he was beaten by cops after family shot in post-Katrina chaos

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A New Orleans teenager whose family members were wounded by police in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina testified on Tuesday that officers punched and kicked him before arresting him at the scene. One officer who struck Leonard Bartholomew IV, then 14, as he lay on the…

Multi-party system would bring chaos, China media says

China’s state media said a multi-party political system would unleash chaos equal to the turbulent period of the Cultural Revolution, as the country marks the Communist Party’s 90th birthday. The state-run Xinhua news agency, in a focus piece published late Friday after the one-party regime celebrated the anniversary, said Western…

ECB’s Mersch says Greek default would bring “chaos”

BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) – European Central Bank Governing Council member Yves Mersch said on Saturday a Greek sovereign debt default would lead to chaos, adding it was up to the parliament to deliver on its austerity promises. Banks and policymakers moved closer to a deal on Friday to help Athens…

Syria’s Assad vows change but not under ‘chaos’

DAMASCUS (AFP) – President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday that dialogue could lead to a new constitution and even the end of his Baath party’s monopoly on power but refused to reform Syria under “chaos.” After widespread condemnation of a brutal crackdown on anti-regime protests, the country was at a…

Two New Orleans cops sentenced in Katrina slaying

CHICAGO – Two New Orleans police officers convicted of shooting and burning a man in the 2005 post-Hurricane Katrina chaos were sentenced to 25 and 17 years in jail for their crimes, officials said Thursday. They were two of three police officers convicted in December in the September 2, 2005…

Yemen protests continue as security deteriorates

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemeni protesters demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Tuesday they would insist he leave power soon, blaming him for violence that has raised U.S. fears of chaos that could benefit militants. Explosions at an arms factory on Monday killed more than 100 people in a southern town…

Yemen’s Saleh says willing to quit under conditions

SANAA (Reuters) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Friday he was ready to cede power to prevent more bloodshed in Yemen but only to what he called “safe hands” as a massive “Day of Departure” street protest against him began. Western countries are alarmed that al Qaeda militants entrenched in…

Exclusive: Walker and his ‘palace guards’ look to sow ‘chaos,’ tackled Wisc. Dem lawmaker tells Raw

‘Scott Walker thinks that the Capitol is some sort of palace and he has his own palace guards’ A Wisconsin lawmaker who was tackled by police while trying to get into the Capitol Thursday says the blame lies squarely with Gov. Scott Walker (R). Wisconsin state Rep. Nick Milroy (D)…

Frightened foreigners flee Libya ‘hell’

Foreigners told Thursday of hellish scenes in Tripoli as they fled the chaos engulfing Libya, with countries worldwide sending planes and warships in a desperate bid to evacuate their nationals. Anarchy descended on Tripoli airport as thousands of foreigners packed into the terminal to try to escape the widening crisis,…

Tunisia’s new leaders consider political reforms

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisia’s acting leaders considered political reforms Sunday following the abrupt end of former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23-year rule, as the Arab state veered towards chaos. Soldiers and tanks were deployed around the capital Tunis after shops and homes were looted extensively and vandals set…

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