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US policeman who shot dead teen 'feared for his life' NEW YORK: The police officer who shot dead Michael Brown in the US town of Ferguson says he was pinned in his vehicle and struggling over his gun with the black teenager, a news report said Friday.Brown's death two months ago sparked ongoing protests, some violent, in the town near St. Louis and shone a spotlight on police tactics in the United States and relations between US law enforcement and African Americans.The white policeman, Darren Wilson, has told investigators that he feared for his life, The New York Times reported, citing government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of Brown, 18.During the scuffle, Brown reached for the officer's gun, according to Wilson. The weapon was fired twice in the car, FBI forensics tests have revealed.The first bullet hit Brown in the arm and the second bullet missed.Wilson also told authorities that Brown had punched ...

Hospital worker suspected of contact with Ebola patient is on cruise WASHINGTON: A health care worker who may have come in contact with fluids from an Ebola patient who died in Texas is now on vacation on a cruise ship, the US State Department said.The person is not showing symptoms of the disease and is voluntarily remaining in their cabin, it said."It has been 19 days since the passenger may have processed the since deceased patient's fluid samples," the department said in a statement.But the State ...
Obama authorizes reservists for Ebola fight in W.Africa WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to send reservists to take part in a US mission to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.Obama said reservists could be called up to active duty for humanitarian aid operations "related to the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa," according to an executive order released by the White House.The US military has said it plans a force of 3,200 troops in Liberia and Senegal ...
Top US lawmakers urge W.Africa travel ban WASHINGTON: Senior US lawmakers overseeing homeland security on Wednesday joined calls for authorities to impose a temporary ban on travel from West Africa, in order to prevent an Ebola outbreak.Two American health-care workers at a Dallas, Texas hospital have been diagnosed with Ebola after caring for a Liberian man who died of the disease last week, and President Barack Obama's administration has shifted into overdrive in efforts to contain the disease's spread."A temporary ban on ...
World vows Ebola action as second US case stirs fears WASHINGTON: World leaders declared the Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency in years, as President Barack Obama vowed a "much more aggressive" response to the spreading virus, which has killed nearly 4,500 people.US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on the world to do more, while insisting his own country would be "much more aggressive" in its response, after a second Texas hospital worker tested positive.The fact that the newly infected Dallas caregiver took ...
As Hillary Clinton stumps for Democrats, 2016 looms large WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton hit the campaign trail Wednesday in support of a Democratic Senate hopeful, but she sounded every inch like the prospective frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race.The former secretary of state was in Kentucky lending her political star power to Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has mounted an underdog challenge to unseat five-term Senator Mitch McConnell, the chamber's top Republican.The race, in which polls show McConnell with a slim lead, has garnered national attention ...
Obama to hold Ebola meeting at White House, postpones trip WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama abruptly postponed a political trip he was to make on Wednesday to stay at the White House to convene a high-level meeting about the Ebola outbreak.The White House said Obama's trip to New Jersey and Connecticut has been postponed."Later this afternoon, the president will convene a meeting at the White House of his team coordinating the government's response to the Ebola outbreak," spokesman Josh Earnest said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

 



 
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