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Paris climate activists plan human chain on global day of action

Paris climate activistsActivists plan to join arms and form a "human chain" in Paris on Sunday to urge action on global warming, in a muted rally after attacks on the city by Islamic State, at the heart of worldwide protests on the eve of a U.N. climate summit in France.

More than 2,000 climate events are planned in cities including Sydney, Jakarta, Berlin, London, Sao Paulo and New York, making it one of the biggest days of action on climate change in history, organizers say.


Muslim NYPD officers slam Trump’s surveillance comments

Muslum NYPDA fraternal group of NYPD officers who are Muslim issued a strong rebuke this week to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, after he suggested all people of their faith should be put on a government watch list.

The NYPD Muslim Officers Society took Trump to task, telling him to "stop using Muslims negatively.”

"Muslim Americans are as patriotic as anyone else," the group posted.

Asked on Nov. 20 whether he supported a database to keep track of Muslim Americans, Trump said, "there should be a lot of systems. Beyond databases. I mean, we should have a lot of systems."


Colorado Springs: a playground for pro-life, pro-gun evangelical Christians

Colorado springs home to pro life gun ownersColorado Springs, the location of an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three people dead, is a centre of rightwing Christian culture with a “wild west mentality” when it comes to guns.

The attack, by a lone gunman carrying a rifle or shotgun, took place at a clinic that is the site of regular anti-abortion protests by the city’s pro-life Christian groups.


Black Pastors To Trump: Our Meeting Is Not An Endorsement

Black pasters not endorsing TrumpSeveral members of a group of prominent African American ministers scheduled to meet with Donald Trump Monday are making clear that they have made no commitments to endorse the real estate magnate.

Their public declarations of non-endorsement come after a press release from the Trump campaign announced a coalition of 100 African American religious leaders will appear with the real estate mogul shortly after the meeting to endorse him.


U.S. hardest-hit nation for weather-related disasters

US hardest hit in natural disastersIf there has ever been a finding that exemplifies the need for additional investments in weather resiliency and adaptation measures, the United Nations put it forth this week.

Over the past 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by weather, and the United States was the hardest-hit country, according to a new U.N. report.


Top Kurdish lawyer shot dead in southeast Turkey

Kurdish lawyer assassinatedA prominent Kurdish lawyer and rights activist was shot in the head and killed in a street shootout in Turkey's troubled southeast on Saturday, much of the event captured on camera and broadcast around the world.

The pro-Kurdish HDP Party called the killing of Tahir Elci a "planned assassination" and urged people to protest. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said it was unclear whether Elci was caught in crossfire or assassinated.


Japan to resume whaling in Antarctic, ignores World Court ruling

Japan to resume whalingThe Japanese government announced it will resume whaling in the Antarctic in early 2016, despite a World Court ruling and staunch opposition from Australia to cease the activity.

Japan's Fisheries Agency told the International Whaling Commission it will begin killing hundreds of minke whales. The decision comes after the United Nations International Court of Justice ruled the country's whaling program was illegal and ordered Japan to stop, saying it cannot be justified as scientific research. In the March 2014 case brought by Australia, International Whaling Commission experts said Japan had failed to demonstrate the need to kill whales for research.


Protesters shut down Chicago shopping district, demand federal probe in McDonald shooting

Protesters block stores on Thanksgiving in ChicagoProtesters shut down parts of Chicago's luxury shopping district Friday and demanded a federal investigation into the police shooting death of teen Laquan McDonald, alleging a wide-ranging coverup that spans a year-long investigation.

Protesters, led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush and other black leaders, halted traffic along Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile on Black Friday, demanding the city's top leaders resign. Police kept their distance from the protesters and blocked traffic from entering Michigan Avenue.



Police: 3 killed, 9 wounded in attack at Planned Parenthood

Colorado Planned Parenthood shootingA gunman who opened fire inside a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic was arrested Friday after engaging in gun battles with authorities during an hours-long standoff that killed three people and wounded nine others, officials said.

Two people and a police officer with the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs were killed in the rampage, law enforcement officials said.

The university police department identified the officer killed as 44-year-old Garrett Swasey, a six-year veteran of the force.


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