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Police officer calls Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

A Missouri police officer has been suspended for saying that protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer "should have been put down like a rabid dog," on Facebook.

Protesters in Ferguson were branded 'rabid dogs' by a police officer who has since been suspended.
Protesters in Ferguson were branded 'rabid dogs' by a police officer who has since been suspended. Credit: Reuters

According to Agence France Presse, Matthew Pappert wrote: "I'm sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community. These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night."

The Glendale Police Department, in a statement, said it suspended Pappert upon learning about the posts on Friday.

It said: "The matter is being taken very seriously and a thorough internal investigation will be conducted to determine why the posts were made."

They added that Pappert's views were "absolutely" not shared by the Glendale police or city government.

Pictures show Chinese jet flying near US navy plane

Pictures of a Chinese fighter jet performing a "very dangerous" manoeuvre within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane have been released by the US Department of Defence.

A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane.
A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident in which took place in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane.
The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 meters from it.

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident.
The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident. Credit: US Department of Defence

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Over 2,800 sex crimes reported in schools in three years

Over 2,800 sex crimes have allegedly taken place in British schools and been reported to police the past three years, according to new figures.

More than 320 were alleged rapes, according to the figures taken between 2011 and 2013 that were released to The Independent newspaper.

Provided by 37 police forces across the UK, the statistics showed more than half of the offences were alleged to have been committed by children and 90% of the alleged abuse victims were children.

The National Association of Headteachers told the newspaper any increase in reports may be down to victims being more confident in coming forward.

The NSPCC's Claire Lilley said "prevention is key," adding that schools must ensure they have adequate safeguarding procedures in place and that parents and teachers are able to recognise warning signs early so they can take swift action when required.

The Department for Education told the paper safeguarding arrangements in schools are inspected regularly to ensure all abuse allegations are taken seriously.

Hamas will 'pay a heavy price' for four-year-old's death

Hamas will "pay a heavy price" for the death of a four-year-boy who was killed in a mortar attack, according to a spokesman for the Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ofir Gedelman said on his Twitter account that the Israeli military and security forces would "intensify" operations as a result of the strike.

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People 'should think before buying illegal cigarettes'

People would "think twice" about buying illegal cigarettes if they knew what they contained, local authority leaders said.

Black market cigarettes seized in raids across England were found to contain human excrement, the Local Government Authority revealed today.

The LGA said the illicit trade was "costing taxpayer billions", and affecting council efforts to cut smoking.

Counterfeit tobacco being sold cheaply through the black market by rogue traders is hampering council efforts to reduce smoking.

This illicit trade is also funding organised criminal gangs, damaging the livelihoods of honest businesses and costing taxpayers billions of pounds a year.

People buying cheap cigarettes might think they are getting a great deal - but the truth is that they're not. If they knew what they might contain, they might think twice about buying them.

Council prosecutions should serve as a strong warning to any shopkeeper thinking of stocking their shelves with illegal tobacco and not thinking twice about selling them cheaply to children and others.

– Councillor Joanna Spicer

Warning over illegal cigarettes 'containing excrement'

Illegal cigarettes seized in a crackdown on black market trade have been found to contain human excrement, council officials have warned.

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Some fake cigarettes were found to contain human excrement. Credit: PA Wire

The Local Government Authority (LGA) said the illegal market is hampering efforts to reduce smoking, while many products posed a fire risk and cost the UK economy around £3 billion a year in unpaid duty.

In some cases fake cigarettes contained human excrement, rat droppings, asbestos and dead flies, the LGA said.

Hundreds of thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized in Wolverhampton, Bristol and Nottingham, as part of the council's bid to tackle the practice.

Trading Standards Officers reported finding cigarettes inside vacuum cleaners, under floorboards and in toilet cisterns.

Rocket explodes shortly after take off

A prototype rocket exploded shortly after launching on a test flight from a base in central Texas, according to the company that launched it.

A statement on the SpaceX website said: "During the flight an anomaly was detected in the vehicle and the flight termination system automatically terminated the mission."

The explosion was wintessed by one Twitter user.

No one was hurt during the experiment which the company said had pushed the vehicle to limits further than any previous test.

They added: "With research and development projects, detecting vehicle anomalies during the testing is the purpose of the program."

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