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Chicago officer who killed teen had prior offenses—like many troubled cops before him



Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired bullet after bullet into the body of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014 in full view of a police car camera, and though that was the act that got him fired, he’d already done plenty that could have gotten him kicked off the force.

Van Dyke, like many officers whose violent acts have led to grand jury proceedings, indictments and/or firings over the past 15 months, had a history of complaints

Syrian man feeds Berlin’s homeless to repay German hospitality



In August, Germany made a tremendous show of hospitality when it defied European Union rules and continued to welcome Syrian asylum seekers regardless of their entry point into the political bloc.

Since then, Alex Assali, a Syrian man who lives in Berlin, has been setting up meal stations to feed the country’s homeless in an effort to “give something back to German people.”

Assali told The Huffington Post that he fled Syria in 2007 after posting…

This nonprofit is giving out thousands of baby carriers to Syrian refugees



More than 715,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece since the beginning of 2015, many traveling long, dangerous routes across the Mediterranean to find new lives far from home. Now, volunteers are trying to help lighten their loads.

An organization called Carry the Future has distributed more than 3,000 baby carriers to Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Kos, helping them carry children as they travel long distances on foot after arriving in Europe. Volunteers in Athens have…

Raging bushfire kills 2 people and 2,000 pigs in South Australia



South Australia is still burning after a bushfire ripped through the north of the state, killing two people.

Premier Joe Weatherill confirmed the two deaths at a press conference on Wednesday, calling it “the worst of news.” He also said grave fears were held for many more lives

“Sadly I can confirm two deaths so far, with unconfirmed reports of a third,” he said. A body was found in a paddock, one was found in a car and the third is an unconfirmed report of a death after a car hit a…

What’s next for Putin after Turkey shot down a Russian jet?



“Significant consequences.”

That’s what Russian President Vladimir Putin promised after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that the country said had invaded its airspace on Tuesday.

While Russia insists the jet never left Syrian skies, Turkey has complained at least four times about Russian planes crossing its border since Moscow began its military campaign in Syria in September.

The downing of the Russian Sukhoi Su-24…

Past 5 years have been the hottest on record, report says



Because of human-caused global warming and a strong El Ni

Chicago protesters fill city streets after release of police shooting video



The city of Chicago released a video of police officer Jason Van Dyke firing 16 shots into the body of Laquan McDonald, fatally wounding the 17-year-old. Van Dyke, who is white, was charged with murder. It’s the first time a Chicago officer has been charged with an on-duty fatality in more than three decades. After the video was released, protesters marched in Chicago.

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UK women still have to pay tampon tax, but it will go to a good cause



LONDON — Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to use the

6 ways to make your voice heard during the Paris Climate Summit



Climate change has long been a top issue on activist agendas around the world. But this month, conversations about real action and policy-driven change for the future of our planet are coming to a head.

The U.N. Paris Climate Summit will begin on Nov. 30, bringing together 196 countries with the goal of drafting a comprehensive, realistic and enforceable agreement to tackle climate change. It will be a call to action for the global community, and is a prime opportunity to implement tangible…

Turing to halve price of inflated AIDS drug, but it’s still $375 a pill



Turing Pharmaceuticals, the company which has attracted a storm of criticism over its decision to drastically raise the price of a life-saving AIDS drug, now says it plans to cut prices by half.

But even so, that brings the price of the drug, Daraprim, down to around $375 from $750 — far from the original cost of $13.50 prior to Turing’s acquisition of the drug’s rights.

Daraprim is one of the most…