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Americans say blacks treated less fairly in 2015 than 2007: Gallup

A protester wears tape over her mouth during a silent demonstration against what they say is police brutality after the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer, in St. LouisWhites, blacks and Hispanics also expressed a new low in their satisfaction with the way blacks are treated in U.S. society, according to the Gallup 2015 Minority Rights and Relations poll. Overall, about 49 percent of respondents said they were satisfied, compared to 62 percent just two years ago, pollsters said. The survey of more than 2,000 respondents, conducted from June 15 until July 10, comes at a tense time between U.S. law enforcement and the communities in which they operate, particularly after grand jury decisions not to indict white officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City.


Original 'My Fair Lady' Julie Andrews to direct Sydney show

Stage and screen icon Julie Andrews will direct a 60th anniversary production of "My Fair Lady" at the Sydney Opera House, a show she first starred in on Broadway in 1956Stage and screen icon Julie Andrews will direct a 60th anniversary production of "My Fair Lady" at the Sydney Opera House, a show she first starred in on Broadway in 1956, it was announced Wednesday. The British actress rose to prominence as Eliza Doolittle in the original production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's retelling of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, kick-starting a long theatre, movie and television career. "I am thrilled to have been asked to direct My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House in August 2016," Andrews, who made her movie debut in 1964's Oscar-winning "Mary Poppins", said in a statement.


Aid workers struggle to assess needs in flood-hit Myanmar
By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid workers are struggling to reach areas in Myanmar hit by floods that have killed 69 people, contaminated water sources and cut off electricity, phone lines, roads and rivers. More than 250,000 people have been affected by flooding triggered last week by monsoon rains, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. In hard-hit Rakhine state in western Myanmar bordering Bangladesh, rains have stopped, allowing for boat travel, and roads are gradually being cleared, said Blaire Davis, who works with Plan International in Myanmar.
Man found guilty of 2010 killing of Chicago police officer
A judge on Tuesday found a man guilty of fatally shooting a Chicago police officer after a scuffle in a police station parking lot in 2010, prosecutors said. Cook County Criminal Court Judge Timothy Joyce rejected a defense argument that Bryant Brewer, 29, was insane at the time he shot and killed Officer Thor Soderberg. Brewer was convicted of first degree murder in the killing of Soderberg and the attempted murders of Officers Kim Thorpe, Officer Lynn Casey and Sgt. Jason Kazinski, said Cook County State's Attorney's Office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.
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