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November 28th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Ferguson shooting a tragedy, U.N. torture panel member says

(CNN) - The events in Ferguson, Missouri, are a "tragedy," but the United Nations Committee Against Torture "has to respect the decision" of authorities not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown, committee member Alessio Bruni said Friday.

Bruni made his comments at a news conference about the release of a committee report that criticizes racial profiling and excessive use of force by U.S. police.

While the report does not specifically mention the Ferguson case, it does express concern about the militarization of U.S. police departments.

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October 16th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

ISIS pushed back with help of U.S. airstrikes in Kobani

(CNN) - U.S. airstrikes have been hitting ISIS targets near Kobani for the last few days helping Kurdish fighters on the ground push back ISIS militants in the Syrian town, according to sources there.

U.S. fighter jets conducted at least 14 strikes near Kobani Wednesday and Thursday, according to U.S. Central Command.

Initial reports show the strikes hit 19 ISIS buildings and 10 other ISIS targets, including command posts, sniper positions and a staging location, the U.S. military said.

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August 4th, 2014
04:28 PM ET

Officials: Israel, Palestinian factions accept 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza

Gaza City (CNN) - Will it, or won't it, hold?

That's the question following word late Monday that Israel and Palestinian factions, including Hamas, agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire proposed by Egypt.

Even as both sides agreed to the cease-fire, scheduled to begin Tuesday morning, both sides appeared suspicious of one another.

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June 23rd, 2014
05:39 PM ET

Kerry assures Iraqis of U.S. support if they unite against militants

Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011.

"The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks," Kerry said after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the man who some observers say needs to step down.

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