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Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Laquan McDonald footage

Barack Obama is from Chicago, where the shooting happened. Credit: PA

Barack Obama has said he was "deeply disturbed" by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

On Tuesday, police released the footage which shows the black teenager being shot 16 times by white officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014.

The US President, who is from Chicago where the shooting occurred, wrote on Facebook: "Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

"This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor.

"And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful."

Council tax surcharge could raise £2bn for social care

Under the Spending Review, councils now have the power to collect a 2% surcharge to put towards the cost of adult social care.

The Chancellor George Osborne says this could raise up to £2 billion but those in the care industry say that is not enough to keep them in business.



Protests as Russia insists plane downing was pre-planned

Russia has insisted the downing of one of their warplanes by Turkey was "pre-planned".

As tensions rise between the two countries, the Russian pilot who survived the crash claims he was given no warning before his plane was shot down.

While Turkey claims it issued repeated warnings to the aircraft.

The Turkish Embassy in Moscow has since been targeted by protesters throwing eggs, tomatoes and stones.

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