U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he will discuss a proposed "humanitarian pause" in Yemen during his talks in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi-led international coalition has been fighting Houthi rebels seeking to oust the Yemeni government. The Houthis have taken control of parts of Yemen. Hundreds of civilians have died in the conflict.
Secretary Kerry also announced $68 million in new U.S. aid to Yemen. The State Department says the aid will support agencies providing food, water, shelter and other assistance to 16 million people.
Baltimore mayor seeks federal investigation of city’s police department
The U.S. city of Baltimore, Maryland will ask the United States Justice Department to investigate the city's police department. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the investigation will look into police "patterns and practices." She says investigators will try to learn if Baltimore police violate federal laws about searches and seizures.
Last month a 25-year-old black man died of a spinal cord injury he received in police detention. Freddie Gray’s death led to peaceful protests and riots in the city.
Officials look for links between Islamic State and Texas attack
U.S. officials are trying to learn if there are any links between the Islamic State group and two gunmen who attacked a gathering in Garland, Texas Sunday. A security guard was injured. Police killed both gunmen.
Investigators looked at a Twitter account linked to one of the men as well as electronic devices used by both. On Wednesday, officials said a message was posted on the Twitter account about 20 minutes before the shooting. The tweet said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy Muslim fighters.
On Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. Police identified the gunmen in the Garland attack as Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34.
Death sentences for four Afghans in Kabul attack
A court in Afghanistan has sentenced four men to death and jailed eight more for the beating death of a woman in March.
A mob killed 27-year-old Farkhunda in March after accusing her of burning a Quran. Wednesday morning, her mother asked a courtroom in Kabul to get justice for her daughter.
Farkhunda’s violent death led to protests and demands for action. Thirty civilians and 19 police officers were arrested and charged with either taking part in the attack or failing to stop it.
Words in the News
pause – n. a temporary stop: a period of time in which something is stopped before it is started again
pattern – n. a repeated form or design especially that is used to decorate something
practice – n. something that is done often or regularly
account – n. a plan in which a person uses the Internet or e-mail services of a particular company