By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly. The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across the country this week sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager. ...
NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday has become the part two of the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, with stores opening earlier on Thanksgiving.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Protesters interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area Friday to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.
NEW YORK (AP) — For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Christmas tree has arrived.
By Daniel Wallis and Edward McAllister FERGUSON, Mo.(Reuters) - Protesters in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Friday planned to clean up a drugstore damaged in this week's racially charged rioting but a line of police and National Guard troops blocked the entrance. The Walgreen Co. store was one of several buildings that were looted or burned on Monday after a decision by a grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in August. Ferguson was quiet on Thursday night with National Guard troops and Humvees posted at previous trouble spots. ...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A gunman attempted to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze and fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings early Friday before he died, Austin authorities said.
By Nnekule Ikemfuna KANO, Nigeria (Reuters) - Gunmen set off three bombs and fired on worshippers at the central mosque of north Nigeria's biggest city Kano for Friday prayers, witnesses said, an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants. It was not immediately possible to determine a reliable death toll in the chaotic aftermath of the attack but the area had been densely packed with worshippers. A police spokesman in Kano declined to make any immediate comment. "These people have bombed the mosque. ...
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