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Justice Department to launch federal civil rights probe into NYC death WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department will launch a federal civil rights investigation into the choking death in New York of a black man at the hands of a white policeman, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.The announcement came hours after a New York grand jury opted not to indict the police officer in the death of Eric Garner, sparking protests in the United States' largest city."Now that the local investigation has concluded, I am here to announce that the Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation into Mr. Garner's death," Holder said in a statement.The top US federal law enforcement official said he had spoken with Garner's widow, President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about his decision."Our prosecutors will conduct an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation. In addition to performing our own investigative work, the department will conduct a complete review ...

NASA counts down to Orion's first step to Mars CAPE CANAVERAL: The Orion spacecraft, designed to carry humans farther in deep space than ever before, is poised to blast off Thursday in what NASA hailed as a first step in mankind's journey to Mars.No astronauts will be on board the capsule when it launches aboard the United States' largest rocket, the Delta IV Heavy made by United Launch Alliance, but engineers will be keenly watching to see how it performs during the four-and-a-half hour ...
US Senate leader suggests opening in budget talks WASHINGTON: The Senate's top Democrat signalled Tuesday he would support a Republican plan that funds nearly the entire US government through September but limits the agency overseeing President Barack Obama's immigration action.The deal would set up a potential battle early next year over Obama's controversial order that shields up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. But it crucially would resolve a simmering budget battle in coming days and avert a perilous government shutdown, as ...
US diplomats to argue against new Iran sanctions WASHINGTON: Top US diplomats will this week make a "strong case" to lawmakers to hold off on fresh Iran sanctions, hoping to avoid an ugly political showdown which could scupper nuclear talks.Acting Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman, who has led the tense, secretive negotiations for months, will be at the vanguard of an administration drive to persuade Congress not to push ahead with draft legislation which would slap even more punitive sanctions on Iran.Hawkish lawmakers are ...
Massachusetts hospital says treating possible Ebola patient BOSTON: Massachusetts General Hospital admitted a patient possibly exposed to the Ebola virus, the hospital said in a statement.The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, is being treated in a "specially prepared area within the hospital," Mass General said, noted that the diagnosis has not yet been confirmed.The worst outbreak of Ebola on record has killed more than 6,000 people, with the vast majority of cases in the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and ...
US warns Cuba American's detention blocking better ties WASHINGTON: Cuba's lengthy imprisonment of an American contractor is a major obstacle to improving frosty ties between Havana and Washington, a senior US diplomat warned Tuesday.Alan Gross, 65, Wednesday marks the fifth anniversary of his December 3, 2009 arrest in Cuba which saw him later sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2011.He was convicted of "acts against the independence or territorial integrity of the state" for allegedly distributing communications equipment while working for the ...
Limits on feeding homeless are suspended for now in US city MIAMI: A judge on Tuesday suspended a local bylaw that limited how people could feed the homeless in the US city of Ford Lauderdale, Florida, local media reported.It was a partial victory for a 90-year-old activist, Arnold Abbott, who had been arrested for feeding the homeless.Abbott was detained on two separate occasions last month along with two pastors from local churches in Fort Lauderdale for handing out food.The activists were arrested after violating a city ...


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
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