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New York mayor calls for pause in protests after police killings

NEW YORK - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the city's police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers shot dead in an ambush.

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Ex-police officer not charged in Milwaukee shooting death

MILWAUKEE - A former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man was acting in self defense and will not be charged, the district attorney said on Monday, two days after dozens of demonstrators calling for justice in the case were arrested.

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Exclusive: American Apparel takeover offer far too low - source

- American Apparel's board believes a bid by Irving Place Capital to buy the retailer for up to $1.40 per share is far too low and any takeover offer should be "several multiples" higher, a source familiar with the board's thinking said.

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Exclusive: WHO says Syria approves medicine deliveries to Aleppo, other areas

BEIRUT - The Syrian government has approved the delivery of medicine and surgical supplies to three areas of the country aid workers were previously unable to reach regularly, including opposition-held Aleppo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Twin bomb blasts in northeast Nigeria bus station kill 20

ABUJA/MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - Two bomb explosions at a bus station in the northeast Nigeria on Monday killed at least 20 people and wounded 40, an emergency services official said, and witnesses said many of the victims had rushed in to help those wounded in the first blast.

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Air China signs deal to purchase 60 Boeing B737 aircraft

BEIJING - Air China Ltd , the country's flag carrier, said Monday it signed an agreement to order 60 Boeing B737 planes for a total price of $5.9 billion.

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U.S. Army refers Bergdahl case to commander, punishment possible

WASHINGTON - A U.S. general will decide whether to pursue disciplinary action against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl over his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan, after the Army said on Monday it forwarded the findings of its investigation to him.

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U.S. says North Korea call for joint probe of Sony hack 'absurd'

UNITED NATIONS - Washington's U.N. envoy on Monday dismissed as absurd North Korean demands for a joint U.S.-North Korean investigation of the hacking of Sony Pictures and threats of retaliation if the United States refused.