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UNITED STATES

May Day arrests in Seattle

Seattle police on Sunday evening used pepper spray to disperse black-clad anti-capitalist protesters authorities say threw rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers during a rowdy May Day gathering. Eight men ranging in age from about 20 to 32 were charged, along with a teenaged girl, police said. Authorities said five officers were hurt, none seriously. The clashes followed a peaceful march earlier in the day by advocates for workers and immigrants, just one of several events in cities nationwide to call for better wages for workers, an end to deportations and support for President Barack Obama’s administration plan to give work permits to immigrants in the country illegally whose children are citizens. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray blamed the “senseless violence” on a “different crowd” from those who had attended the earlier march.

UNITED KINGDOM

Adams criticized for tweets

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams late on Sunday used a racial slur on his Twitter account, days before his party is to contest regional elections in Northern Ireland.

His tweet compared a former slave’s struggle against slave-owners in the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained with the treatment of Irish nationalists in a Catholic area of Belfast, Ballymurphy. “Watching Django Unchained — A Ballymurphy Nigger!” Adams tweeted. A second message read “Django — an uppity Fenian!” The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted, but had already been widely shared and criticized. Reacting to the furor, Adams said his use of the “N-word” was ironic. “Anyone who has seen the film, as I did last evening, and who is familiar with the plight of nationalists in the north until recently, would know that my tweets about the film and the use of the N-word were ironic and not intended to cause any offence whatsoever,” he said in a Sinn Fein statement. “Attempts to suggest that I am a racist are without credibility. I am opposed to racism and have been all my life.” Ballymurphy is known as the site of 1971 killings of civilians by British soldiers.

COLOMBIA

Peruvian gangster deported

The government on Sunday deported top Peruvian crime lord Gerson Galvez, a day after arresting the man described as the new version of Mexico’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Galvez, also known as Caracol (Snail), was arrested in a restaurant in Medellin, the Ministry of Defense said late on Saturday. He was handed over to Peruvian authorities because of his “dangerousness” and flown back to his home country, National Police Chief Jorge Nieto told a press conference. President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the police on Twitter, describing Galvez as “one of the most feared crime capos in the region.”

SOUTH AFRICA

Lions explore new home

Lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru on Sunday scratched their manes on trees and explored their new territory bush after being released into a sanctuary north of Johannesburg. One of the 33 lions, a male known as Zeus, let out a mighty roar before stepping out of his cage into an enclosure where he will spend the coming months being monitored by a vet. The lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary shortly after dawn on Sunday, ending a two-day journey from South America.

Many of them had teeth and their claws removed by their circus owners so they will remain in enclosures and can never be released into the wild.

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