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Head Of Police Chiefs Group Apologizes For 'Historical Mistreatment' Of Minorities

Ppolice Chief apologizesThe head of the largest association of police chiefs in the U.S. has issued a formal apology on the group's behalf for "historical mistreatment of communities of color."

Speaking Monday at the annual meeting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego, Terry Cunningham said his remarks on behalf of the group were aimed at breaking a "historic cycle of mistrust."

He said that policing is, in essence, a "noble profession" that has seen dark periods in its history.


Detainee who wrote 'Guantanamo Diary' released after 14 years

Detainee freedA Guantanamo Bay detainee who penned a memoir of his experiences at the facility has been sent back to his home country of Mauritania after 14 years, his lawyers said Monday.

“We are thrilled that our client’s nightmare is finally ending,” said Nancy Hollander, one of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's attorneys, in a written statement. “After all these years, he wants nothing more than to be with his family and rebuild his life. We’re so grateful to everyone who helped make this day a reality.”

Slahi, 45, was cleared for transfer by the parole-like Periodic Review Board in July. His transfer brings the population at Guantanamo to 60.


Florida juries now must vote unanimously to give death sentences, court rules

Florida Supreme CourtThe Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that every time a death sentence is handed down in criminal court, only the jurors may decide to impose that punishment -- and there may not be any dissenters among them.

In making its ruling, by a 5-to-2 vote, the high court ordered Gov. Rick Scott and the state legislature to rewrite the law to reflect that process.


ACLU, Human Rights Watch calls for end to war on drugs

ACLU: End war on drugsHuman Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union jointly called on all states and the federal government to decriminalize personal drug use and possession, instead to focus on prevention and harm reduction.

The human-rights organizations said one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement across the country is for drug possession, with some 1.25 million people arrested each year. Four times as many people are arrested for possessing illegal drugs than for selling them. At the same time, drug use has not declined, a newly released report said.


Nigeria: Boko Haram 'releases 21 Chibok girls'

Chibok girl captivesTwenty-one of the more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped from a school in Chibok by Boko Haram fighters in 2014 have been released, according to Nigeria's presidency.

The release followed negotiations between Nigeria's government and Boko Haram brokered by Red Cross and Swiss government officials, a spokesman for the country's president said on Thursday.

"It is confirmed that 21 of the missing Chibok girls have been released and are in the custody of the Department of State Services," presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.


UN: Children in 'life-threatening' conditions at Papuan Nauru

Nauru prisonA United Nations report into the Nauru prison camp has raised "profound" concern over the inhuman and degrading treatment of refugee children there, which it says is having an impact on their physical wellbeing.

About 500 people, including 50 children, are stuck in a prison on the tiny Pacific Island nation as they seek asylum in Australia.


Gaza's women flotilla 'challenging Israel's blockade'

Women's flotillaI am on board the Zaytouna, but not as a crew member. I was expecting to be crew on the Amal II for the first two legs from Barcelona to Ajaccio and from Ajaccio to Messina, but ultimately the Amal II suffered engine trouble and could not sail.

My role is as an organiser and the flotilla is expected to reach Gaza early on Wednesday October 5.

We all hope that we will break the blockade and celebrate on the shores of Gaza, but in reality, we know that our ships will probably be intercepted by Israeli forces and we will be illegally detained.


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