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NY's mayor and police...White House not commenting on NKorean slur...Syrian opposition: no invite

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 27, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city is grieving for many reasons, and most personally for the death of police Officer Rafael Ramos. Ramos and his partner, Wenjian Liu, were shot to death last weekend as they sat in their patrol car. De Blasio spoke at Ramos' funeral today. Police union officials have blamed the mayor for fostering anti-police sentiment for his support of protests against recent killings of unarmed black men by police. As de Blasio spoke today, hundreds of officers outside the church turned their backs.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The White House's National Security Council has declined comment on North Korea's latest stream on insults and accusations directed at President Barack Obama amid the hacking row over "The Interview." Korea's National Defense Commission, which is led by Kim and is the country's top governing body, accuses Obama of being behind the release of the movie, which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

DAMASCUS (AP) — Syria's main Western-backed opposition group says it's not decided whether to attend peace talks with President Bashar Assad's government that Russia is proposing for next month. The head of the Syrian National Coalition says it's seen "no invitations" and no framework for negotiations. Syrian state-run TV today said the government is prepared to take part in the talks, but suggested they would be "preliminary" talks meant to pave the way for a conference in Syria itself.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's election commission says former soccer star George Weah has won the Senate seat also being sought by the president's son. Weah won the first round of Liberia's 2005 presidential race, but he lost the runoff to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Originally scheduled for October, the elections were pushed back to December as Liberia struggled to contain the Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 3,400 people in Liberia this year.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mehmet Ali Agca has laid white flowers on John Paul II's tomb in St. Peter's Basilica. Agca is the Turkish gunman who shot and wounded the pope in St. Peter's Square during a public audience in 1981. John Paul pardoned his attacker and visited him in a Rome prison two year after the shooting. He later intervened to gain Agca's release in 2000.

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