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Obama condemns killing of NYPD officers...Kurds push into Sinjar...Taliban attack in Afghanistan

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.



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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning the murder yesterday of two police officers in New York. Officials say before shooting the officers, the gunman posted his plans online, saying it was in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. The gunman later killed himself. Obama says police officers risk their own safety to serve and protect their communities and that they deserve the public's respect and gratitude.

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Loud explosions and intense gunbattles are being heard inside the town on Sinjar in Iraq. Islamic State militants captured the town last summer, but Kurdish fighters are now pushing their way into the town, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. Kurdish peshmerga fighters launched the operation to retake Sinjar last week. They also opened up a passageway to Mt. Sinjar, overlooking the town, to evacuate some of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on the mountain by the fighting.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack on a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan. Police in the region say at least seven officers were killed in the attack, and five others were wounded. Police reinforcements were sent to the location and killed five insurgents in a gunbattle. Meanwhile, the provincial governor's office says a battle has been raging between insurgents and government forces for more than a week in eastern Kunar province.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says Palestinians hurling stones at cars of Jewish settlers in the West Bank have injured a 4-year-old Israeli boy. The boy was taken to hospital, but his injuries are said to be relatively light. The military says Israeli troops are combing the area for suspects behind the attack.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali is in the hospital with pneumonia. A spokesman for the boxer says it's a mild case and was caught early and the prognosis is good. He declined to say where the 72-year-old Ali is hospitalized.

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