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Police Officer Found Guilty In Murder Of George Floyd

US President Joe Biden has said the conviction of a former police officer in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America”.

White officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on African-American Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, sparking mass protests against racism. He was found guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Sentencing is likely to happen in two months, and Chauvin could spend decades in jail. He is expected to appeal against the verdict.

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Mass Shooting At FedEx Facility Leaves Eight Dead

Eight people have been killed and seven injured in a shooting in the US city of Indianapolis, police say.

Witnesses heard several gunshots at a FedEx facility and one said he had seen a man firing an automatic weapon. The gunman, thought to have been acting alone, is believed to have killed himself, police say, adding that there is no ongoing threat to the public.

Police say several of the injured are in hospital. Flights from the nearby airport are not affected.

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French Embassy Advises Citizens To Leave Pakistan Due To Serious Threats

France has urged all its citizens in Pakistan to leave the country temporarily amid violent anti-French protests across the country.

In an email obtained by French news agency AFP, the country’s embassy in Pakistan warned of “serious threats to French interests in Pakistan”. Two police officers died this week in renewed clashes with protesters.

Protests were sparked months ago after a French magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The government of French President Emmanuel Macron has defended the magazine’s right to publish, angering hardliners in Pakistan.

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UK And Germany To Follow US Troops Out Of Afghanistan By September

The final UK troops in Afghanistan are expected to leave at the same time as US forces, which have announced they are set to pull out by 11 September.

The UK military has been in Afghanistan since 2001, with more than 450 British troops dying during the conflict with the Taliban and fighters from al-Qaeda. The last UK combat troops left in 2014, but around 750 remain as part of the Nato mission to train Afghan forces.

Nato has repeatedly said its members will leave together.

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Trial Opens In Germany Of Far Right Terrorist Group

The trial of 11 suspected members of a far-right “terror” group has begun in the German city of Stuttgart.

The suspects, aged between 32 and 61, were arrested in February last year.

Prosecutors say the 11 men – all Germans – were members of Gruppe S (Group S), which planned attacks on migrants, Muslims and politicians, with the aim of sparking a civil war. A twelfth man, a former police officer, is accused of offering material support to the group. He is also on trial.

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