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Ac­quit­tal sparks protests

Noisy demon­stra­tors dis­rupted shop­ping at up­scale subur­ban malls yes­ter­day and later marched through a pop­u­lar district of bars and restau­rants to protest a white St Louis po­lice of­fi­cer’s ac­quit­tal in the killing of a black man, but the sec­ond day of protests was peace­ful fol­low­ing spo­radic van­dal­ism and vi­o­lence a night ear­lier. A few hun­dred people shouted slo­gans such as ‘‘black lives mat­ter’’ and ‘‘it is our duty to fight for our free­dom’’ as they marched through West County Centre mall in Des Peres to de­cry the judge’s ver­dict clear­ing ex-of­fi­cer Ja­son Stock­ley of first-de­gree mur­der in the 2011 shoot­ing of An­thony La­mar Smith. No ar­rests were re­ported at any of the demon­stra­tions.

Work on war crimes probe

The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil is putting the fi­nal touches on a res­o­lu­tion that would au­tho­rise UN in­ves­ti­ga­tors to help Iraq col­lect ev­i­dence to pros­e­cute ex­trem­ists from the Is­lamic State group for pos­si­ble war crimes. A coun­cil diplo­mat, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause ne­go­ti­a­tions are pri­vate, said yes­ter­day the coun­cil hopes to vote next Thursday. The draft res­o­lu­tion would ask Sec­re­tary-gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res to es­tab­lish an in­ves­tiga­tive team to as­sist Iraq in pre­serv­ing ev­i­dence ‘‘that may amount to war crimes, crimes against hu­man­ity and geno­cide’’ com­mit­ted by IS. Iraqi For­eign Min­is­ter Ibrahim al-jaa­fari wrote to Guter­res last month say­ing it was work­ing on a draft res­o­lu­tion with Bri­tain. Hu­man rights lawyer Amal Clooney had urged Iraq’s prime min­is­ter in March to send a let­ter seek­ing UN as­sis­tance.

Is­raeli air force founder dies

Mitchell Flint, an Amer­i­can avi­a­tor who helped form the Is­raeli Air Force in 1948 and served in Is­rael’s first fighter squadron has died. He was 94. Flint, a for­mer US Navy fighter pi­lot, died yes­ter­day in Los Angeles of nat­u­ral causes, said his son, Michael Flint. Flint was one of the found­ing mem­bers of ‘‘Machal,’’ a group of non-is­raelis who fought in the 1948 Arab-is­raeli War. He was one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the Is­raeli Air Force’s first fighter squadron and helped train Is­rael’s first mil­i­tary pi­lots, his son said. Flint and other mem­bers of the Machal had flown in Ger­man planes that were cap­tured dur­ing World War II and cov­ered the Nazi in­signia with Stars of David. He flew in re­built Messer­schmitts, Ger­many’s main fighter plane dur­ing World War II, as well as Mus­tangs and Spit­fires.

Tu­nisians take to streets

Hun­dreds of Tu­nisians protested yes­ter­day in the streets of the cap­i­tal against a widely con­tested new law that grants of­fi­cials from the for­mer regime in­volved in cor­rup­tion amnesty from pros­e­cu­tion. Tu­nisia’s par­lia­ment on Thursday ap­proved a law pro­tect­ing of­fi­cials ac­cused of graft dur­ing the rule of au­to­crat Zine El-abidine Ben Ali, trig­ger­ing an­gry protests by the op­po­si­tion and ac­tivists. Wav­ing flags and ban­ners say­ing ‘‘No to for­give­ness’’, ‘‘Re­sist­ing against mafia rule’’, around 1500 people marched through the cap­i­tal’s central Av­enue Habib Bour­guiba in the com­pany of op­po­si­tion lead­ers. After months of protests, the law was amended from an orig­i­nal draft which would have also granted amnesty to cor­rupt busi­ness­men.

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