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Helicopter crashes in New York’s East River

NEW YORK — A helicopter crashed into the East River off Manhattan on Tuesday, New York police said, with one person still missing. A police officer at the scene told AFP that three passengers and the pilot had been rescued after the crash into the swirling river. One more person…

Lawrence O’Donnell: NYPD will do everything to protect Bologna

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said on his show Wednesday night that the New York Police Department would probably do nothing to a senior officer who pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. Update: The officer has now been identified in two unprovoked pepper-spray attacks. Watch the second one…

New York Police Department to investigate pepper-spraying at ‘Occupy Wall Street’

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at a press briefing on Wednesday that the Internal Affairs Bureau would investigate Anthony Bologna, a senior New York Police Department officer who pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. On September 24, four female protesters were rounded up on East 12th…

Pepper-spraying cop accused of abusing Bush protesters in 2004

Activists have identified the senior New York Police Department officer who allegedly pepper-sprayed young women at the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, and it’s not the first time he has been accused of civil rights abuses. The Guardian confirmed that the officer is Anthony Bologna, who was also accused of civil…

China’s top general criticizes U.S. naval exercises

China’s top military officer said Monday the timing of US naval exercises in the South China Sea was “inappropriate,” after talks with his US counterpart aimed at cooling the territorial dispute. General Chen Bingde urged the United States to be “more modest and prudent in words and deeds”, amid growing…

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…

Anxious wait for Australians exposed to rare deadly virus

Eight people endured an anxious wait Thursday after being exposed to the potentially deadly Hendra virus, which is spread to humans from horses and believed to be unique to Australia. They all came into contact with a horse that died from the infectious disease at Biddaddaba, in southeast Queensland, on…

Admiral Mullen to visit China

BEIJING — The top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen will visit China next month, Beijing said on Wednesday, pledging to help improve sometimes rocky relations with Washington. Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, will visit from July 9-13, Xinhua news agency quoted defence ministry spokesman Yang…

Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger dies

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US secretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger, a career foreign service officer who served briefly as the top diplomat under president George H.W. Bush, died Saturday, officials said. He was 80. “With the passing of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger, our nation has lost a distinguished…

Over 100 Libyan army members defect from Gaddafi

ROME (Reuters) – Eight high-ranking Libyan army officers appeared in Rome on Monday saying they were part of a group of as many as 120 military officials and soldiers who had defected from Muammar Gaddafi’s side in recent days. The eight officers — five generals, two colonels and a major…

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