World Briefs: US cop who fatally shot boy, 12, in 2014 fired

Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by an officer in 2014.
Tamir Rice, who was fatally shot by an officer in 2014. PHOTO: AFP

US cop who fatally shot boy, 12, in 2014 fired

WASHINGTON • An Ohio police officer who fatally shot a black 12-year-old boy in 2014 was fired on Tuesday after an internal investigation found he provided inaccurate information on his application to join the police.

Mr Timothy Loehmann, a rookie with the Cleveland division of police, shot Tamir Rice as he played with a toy gun that fired pellets, one of a string of killings that fuelled protests against use by United States police of deadly force, particularly against minorities.

REUTERS


Google co-founder to build largest airship

WASHINGTON • Google co-founder Sergey Brin is spending more than US$100 million (S$138 million) to build the world's largest airship, a blimp with a rigid structure designed to deliver supplies abroad for humanitarian projects and to ferry his family and friends around the world.

The project is the latest example of Silicon Valley attempting to reshape how goods and people are moved.

WASHINGTON POST


Accused entertainer Rolf Harris walks free

LONDON • Veteran children's entertainer Rolf Harris, convicted of a string of sex attacks on women and girls, walked free on Tuesday from a British court after a jury could not reach a verdict on further charges.

The 87-year-old Australian, an artist and television presenter, had been on trial for allegedly abusing girls as young as 13 between 1971 and 1983.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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