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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.

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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

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."

US threatens further sanctions over Russian aid convoy

The White House joined Kiev tonight in accusing Russia of a "flagrant violation of international law" after a convoy of lorries carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border with Ukraine without permission.

It said Russia should remove them immediately, or face further economic sanctions.

ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports from Washington:

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US surveillance plane in close shave with Chinese jet

The US has lodged a formal diplomatic protest after a Chinese jet flew within 20-30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet
A US Navy P-8 Poseidon similar to the one that had a close shave with a Chinese jet Credit: REUTERS/Greg Wood/Pool

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 metres from it.

The US Navy P-8 Poseidon, an anti-submarine and reconnaissance plane, was flying around 135 miles (217 km) east of Hainan Island, site of a sensitive Chinese submarine base.

Ben Rhodes, deputy White House national security adviser, said: "We have communicated directly to the Chinese government our objection to this type of action."

US: Russia convoy 'a flagrant violation' of sovereignty

The White House has called a Russian convoy's move into Ukraine a "flagrant violation" of the country's sovereignty and urged Russia to remove it or face more economic sanctions.

A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk.
A Russian convoy drives onto the territory of a Russia-Ukraine border crossing point at Donetsk. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

White House deputy national security Ben Rhodes told reporters that sending the convoy into Ukraine adds to the escalation of the conflict "in a dangerous way."

The United States plans to discuss the situation with the UN Security Council later today, he added.

US 'hasn't ruled anything in or out' on Syria air strikes

The US Defence Secretary has not ruled anything "in or out" when it comes to conducting air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, the Pentagon Press Secretary has said.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at a press conference yesterday.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at a press conference yesterday. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Asked whether Chuck Hagel had not ruled out air strikes on Syria, Rear Admiral John Kirby said, "The Secretary didn't rule anything in or out. He said that all options remain available and they do."

"I'm not going to speculate about where that might take this ... and I think you can understand why we wouldn't do that," he added.

US continues air strikes on 'Isil terrorists' in Iraq

The US military has conducted three air strikes near Mosul Dam today in support of Iraqi security forces against "Isil terrorists," the US Central Command announced.

The strikes destroyed two Isil armed vehicles and a machine gun emplacement that was firing on Iraqi forces.

All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

– US Central Command statement

The US has conducted a total of 93 air strikes across Iraq since August 8, they added.

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