New York police have been instructed by their union to photograph and post images of the homeless and desperate to shame the city’s mayor. Ed Mullins, president of The Sergeants Benevolent Association, told officers and relatives to use smartphones to “photograph the homeless lying in our streets, aggressive panhandlers, people urinating in public or engaging in open-air drug activity, and quality-of-life offences of every type”. The union are vocal critics of mayor Bill de Blasio and his call for less aggressive policing. “New York City has become a permissive place,” Mr Mullins complained. “We are an open invitation to come here because it’s okay to smoke marijuana; it’s okay to urinate in public; it’s okay to remain homeless in the street.”
Libya’s PM steps down
Adbullah al-Thinni, recognised internationally as prime minister of Libya, has quit his job under sharp questioning on TV. Confronted by a presenter with audience criticism he replied “People do not need to protest against me because I officially resign from my position.” The al-Thinni government has been based in Tobruk since he fled the capital, Tripoli, last year. A rival administration, not recognised by international powers, has controlled the capital and state bodies since.
Police say Ferguson suspect was armed
The St Louis County police department says a black teenager shot and critically wounded by police during a Ferguson protest on Sunday was armed. It released footage reportedly showing Tyrone Harris, 18, with a pistol in his hands. Mr Harris was charged with assault on law enforcement, armed criminal action and shooting at a vehicle. He was on bail for firearm theft, resisting arrest and stealing a motor vehicle when he attended a protest marking one year since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. A state of emergency was declared in Ferguson on Monday in the face of new unrest.
Nigeria bombing kills dozens
At least 47 people have been killed and 52 injured in a suspected Boko Haram attack in north-eastern Nigeria. A female suicide bomber is believed to have detonated an explosive device at a midday cattle market in the town of Sabon Gari, in Borno state on Tuesday. Boko Haram are blamed for hundreds of murders in the region in recent weeks. A coalition of African nations is battling the insurgents who pledge allegiance to Islamic State.
IS releases 22 Christian captives
Twenty-two Assyrian Christians were released by Islamic State on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The 22, all elderly men and women, were among more than 200 abducted from north-eastern Syria this year. It is unclear whether any ransom was paid. An estimated 150 remain hostage.
Turkish PM pushes for Syria no-fly zone
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will work with the United States to establish a no-fly zone over northern Syria. Mr Davutoglu said he believes a “safe area” is needed to protect civilians fleeing Islamic State and the regime of Bashar al-Assad. He has not ruled out sending ground troops to protect the area. About 1.8 million Syrians have taken refuge in Turkey. – Compiled from internet and wire sources by Naomi Winner and Jake Nelson
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