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Gunman's Instagram post...Boko Haram video shows captives' killing...Kurdish offensive on Sinjar

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2014 at 4:50 a.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City officials say the gunman who killed two police officers yesterday wrote on an Instagram account: "They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs" with a reference to Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two black men who were killed by white police officers this year. Police say Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached the passenger window of a marked police car in Brooklyn yesterday and opened fire. Officers chased Brinsley to a nearby subway station, where he shot himself in the head. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were "targeted for their uniform."

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans to reject violence and embrace words that heal in the wake of the shooting deaths of two New York City policemen yesterday. In a statement, Obama condemned the officers' murder and encouraged Americans to seek out prayer and sympathy for the victims' relatives.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A new video from Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm and a leader saying they are "infidels" or non-believers. The video comes two days after fleeing villagers reported that the extremists are rounding up elderly people and killing them in two schools in northeast Nigeria.

SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters are pushing into the Iraqi town of Sinjar, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. Islamic State militants captured Sinjar last summer. Meanwhile, an Iraqi official says Iraqi forces are fighting to retake the Tal Afar military airport from the IS group. Tal Afar is to the east of Sinjar, strategically close to the Syrian border.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil chief says allegations that the kingdom conspired to bring oil prices down to harm its neighbors are false. At an oil summit in the United Arab Emirates, the Saudi petroleum minister says "the best thing for everybody is to let the most efficient produce." He says a lack of cooperation among non-OPEC members and the spread of "misinformation" have contributed to the drop in global oil prices. An OPEC meeting last month failed to agree on production cuts, mainly because of Saudi opposition.

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