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Obama gets report urging steps to reform scandal-tainted police

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama was told Monday that US police shootings should be reported to the federal government and subject to independent investigation, part of a package of measures following a string of alleged abuses. Receiving a task force report on “21st century policing” in the wake of deaths…
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Principal apologizes for sex abuse at elite Australian school

SYDNEY -- A former headmaster at one of Australia’s most prestigious private schools on Tuesday apologized after revelations that boys were groomed for sex by pedophile teachers while he was in charge. Knox Grammar in Sydney, whose ex-pupils include the late former prime minister Gough Whitlam and Hollywood star Hugh…
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Iraq launches big assault against IS

KIRKUK, Iraq -- Some 30,000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadists in and around Tikrit in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds. Government forces have battled their way north for months, notching up key victories against IS, but Tikrit…

Putin vows to punish killers of vocal critic

MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a “political murder” and Western leaders called for a full probe. The 55-year-old former deputy premier, a vocal Putin critic prominent at opposition rallies, was shot in…
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Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia to trial new jet tracking system

SYDNEY -- Australia Sunday said it was trialing a “world first” system with Malaysia and Indonesia that increases the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing authorities to quickly react to abnormal situations such as the disappearance of MH370. It raises the minimum tracking rate for planes flying over remote…
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