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Video: US transport security asks disabled man to ‘prove it’


Security officers who patrol San Diego’s public transport system seem to prize the letter of the law over its spirit. A video that has gone viral in the United States shows an officer confiscating a transit pass from a man in a wheelchair. The reason? He was not carrying any proof of his disability. Read more…
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Nine videos that show US police shooting (and often killing) unarmed men


The video of a police officer shooting an unarmed man last weekend in South Carolina (LINK) sent shockwaves around the world. However it is far from being an isolated incident in the United States. FRANCE 24's Observers take a look back at nine cases where officers shot unarmed victims – and were caught on camera. Read more...
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Protester recounts panic in Ferguson: 'It wasn't us!'


The town of Ferguson, Missouri, was once again thrown into the media’s spotlight on Wednesday. Two policemen were seriously wounded by shots fired by unknown assailants. Our Observer describes the tense atmosphere before and after the incident. Read more...
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Kansas town woos modern-day settlers with promise of free land


Much of western Kansas was settled through Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 Homestead Act, which gave away free land to those willing to brave the vast wilderness of the American west. Now, several small towns have resurrected the American dream of free land in order to build themselves futures. Read more...
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90-year-old US veteran faces jail for feeding homeless


Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old veteran who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ia a champion of civil rights and has served meals to the homeless on a public beach every week for the past 23 years… an activity that the city has just declared illegal. Despite threats of arrest, this veteran is determined to keep on serving. Read more...
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Hawaii lava flow creates 'slow-motion disaster'

It took four months, but the lava flow from the June eruption of Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii’s big island, has reached an inhabited area: the village of Pahoa, where it is expected to swallow up at least a dozen homes over the next few days. The lava river, which is over 1,000 degrees celcius, will slowly destroy the heart of this small community of 950 residents. Read more…

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Hawaiians battle telescope threatening ‘sacred volcano’

Astronomers had planned to celebrate the groundbreaking on the biggest telescope in the world in Hawaii last week. But activists opposed to its construction had other ideas. Read more...

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