Ferguson police officer will not be charged for shooting
Darren Wilson, a former Ferguson police officer, will not face civil rights violations for the shooting and killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to a report released by the Justice Department. This comes after a six month investigation into the shooting of Mr Brown who was unarmed when Wilson tried to stop the teenager in the street for a possible burglary. The department found there “is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety”.
New Zealand caught spying on their Pacific neighbours
According to leaked documents by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB have been collecting phone, email and social media data from their Pacific neighbours, then sharing it with the US National Security Agency (NAS). The data is reportedly shared with the NAS to help expand its global spying agenda. Journalist Nicky Hager, who is connected with the release of the Snowden’s documents, said New Zealand was “selling out” its close ties with the Pacific countries to be close with the US, and that more information is to come.
World’s oldest person turns 117
Japanese woman Misao Okawa turned 117 today, but said her years “seemed rather short”. She celebrated a day early at the Osaka nursing home where she lives, surrounded by staff and family at the nursing home, including her 92-year-old-son. When asked about her secret to reaching the milestone, Okawa replied, “I wonder about that too”. As one of five people recorded to be born in the 1800s who are still alive today, Okawa said eating well, getting eights hours sleep at night and knowing how to relax contributed to keeping her going. – Compiled from web sources by Keisha Miller
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