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'His death is not in vain': Thousands mourn Michael Brown

Michael BrownHundreds of people gathered Monday to pay their final respects to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer earlier this month. The ceremony was accompanied by calm on the streets of Ferguson — contrasting with the turmoil in the aftermath his death — but provided the opportunity for civil rights advocates to again push for justice regarding the shooting and an end to police brutality.

Pastors and civil rights leaders joined Brown's parents at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis to commemorate the young man's life. Earlier his father, Michael Brown Sr., called for a day of peace in honor of his son.

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Seattle protesters aim to block Israeli cargo ship over Gaza siege

Seattle protesters aim to stop Israeli shipPalestinian rights activists in the Seattle area picketed the Port of Tacoma on Monday in an attempt to block a commercial Israeli cargo ship from unloading its merchandise.

The action follows a similar protest last week that managed to prevent the delivery of goods for days from a vessel seeking to dock in Oakland, California.

Block the Boat organizers said the ship, which is owned by Israel's Zim Shipping Services Ltd., one of the world’s largest container shipping companies, was schedule to arrive in the Port of Tacoma on Monday afternoon.

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13 die in Baghdad mosque suicide bombing

iraqi prime ministerAn attack on a Shia mosque by a suicide bomber in Baghdad killed 13 people Monday, and came soon after a call from unity by Iraq's new prime minister.

The explosion was caused by the detonation of a vest full of explosives during noon prayers in the mosque in the southeastern section of New Baghdad. An unconfirmed number of people were injured. The cities of Karbala and al-Hillah, each south of Baghdad, were the sites of car bomb detonations Monday as well.

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Ukraine claims troops crossed border from Russia

Ukrarine claims troops crossed borderThe Ukrainian military said Monday it was fighting a column of armored vehicles that recently crossed the Russian border into southeast Ukraine.

It added the vehicles of the pro-Russian separatist movement were stopped at the town of Novoazovsk, on their way to a purported opening of a second front at the southeastern city of Mariupol.

The majority of the fighting between the Ukrainian military and rebels thus far has been in the northeastern part of Ukraine.

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Defense rests in Blackwater trial

blackwaterFour Blackwater security guards have rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad.

Closing arguments will be later this week in the prosecution of the four guards. Three are charged with voluntary manslaughter and attempted manslaughter — Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty. A fourth, Nicholas Slatten, is charged with first-degree murder.

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Japan to provide experimental Ebola drug

Japan offer ebola drugJapan is ready to provide an unapproved, anti-influenza drug to help treat the deadly Ebola virus, the Japanese government announced on Monday, a day after the Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday caused by a strain different from the West Africa one, according to the health ministry.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan could offer the drug any time at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO) and was willing to make an international contribution to help control the epidemic that has claimed at least 1,427 lives — mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and neighboring Guinea. There have been six outbreaks of Ebola in DRC since the disease was discovered there in 1976, with a total of more than 760 deaths.

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State of emergency declared after Calif. quake

California state of emergencyThe magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck around 3:20 a.m., and for some awakened residents the temblor revived memories of the last big quake to strike the San Francisco Bay Area 25 years ago, which did major damage.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Schools in Napa Valley were ordered closed Monday.

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For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

Jozef WesolowskiThe case is the first time that a top Vatican ambassador, or nuncio — who serves as a personal envoy of the pope — has been accused of sexual abuse of minors. It has sent shock waves through the Vatican and two predominantly Catholic countries that have only begun to grapple with clergy sexual abuse: the Dominican Republic and Poland, where Mr. Wesolowski was ordained by the Polish prelate who later became Pope John Paul II.

It has also created a test for Pope Francis, who has called child sexual abuse “such an ugly crime” and pledged to move the Roman Catholic Church into an era of “zero tolerance.” For priests and bishops who have violated children, he told reporters in May, “There are no privileges.”

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Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment block

Netanyahu warns Gaza citizensPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel flattened a 13-story apartment block in Gaza.

Israeli aircraft fired a non-explosive rocket at the building as a signal to residents to get out before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command center.

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