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FRANCE

Protesters clash with police

Police on Sunday fired tear gas in clashes with hooded demonstrators in Paris as thousands marched against “police brutality” after the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton. The 22-year-old man, identified only as Theo, last month sustained severe anal and rectal injuries, as well as wounds to his head and face. Police said about 7,000 to 7,500 people joined the march to Place de la Republique, where demonstrators chanted “no justice, no peace” and “emergency, emergency, police are killing with impunity.” Two police officers were lightly injured in the clashes and taken to hospital, and 11 people were arrested, authorities said.

FRANCE

Assailant was drugged

Blood tests on Sunday determined that a suspected extremist consumed drugs and alcohol before a frenzied spree of violence that ended when he took a soldier hostage at Paris’ Orly Airport and was shot dead by her fellow patrolmen. The Paris prosecutors’ office said toxicology tests conducted as part of an autopsy found traces of cocaine and cannabis in the blood of the suspect, Ziyed Ben Belgacem. He also had 0.93g of alcohol per liter of blood when he died on Saturday, the prosecutors’ office said. The 39-year-old Frenchman had a long criminal record of drugs and robbery offenses. In an interview Sunday with French radio Europe 1, a man identified as the suspect’s father said Belgacem was not a practicing Muslim and drank alcohol. Europe 1 did not give his name.

ITALY

Refugees rescued at sea

About 3,000 refugees were rescued off the coast of Libya on Sunday as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. The rescue was undertaken in 22 separate operations coordinated by the coast guard. One participant was the Aquarius, a humanitarian ship run by the non-governmental organizations SOS Mediterranean and Doctors Without Borders, which said it saved 946 people, including 200 unaccompanied minors. According to the government, 16,206 people have been rescued at sea by Friday, compared with 11,911 in the same period last year.

UNITED KINGDOM

WWII singer honored

Renowned World War II singer Vera Lynn was yesterday to celebrate turning 100 with a special tribute: Her portrait was to be projected onto the iconic White Cliffs of Dover. Known as the “forces’ sweetheart,” Lynn famously boosted troops’ morale during World War II, traveling thousands of kilometers to Egypt, India and Myanmar to entertain soldiers with her songs. Lynn’s name has been strongly associated with the world-famous cliffs since she released The White Cliffs of Dover in 1942. She also celebrated the milestone by releasing a new album, Vera Lynn 100, becoming the first to do so at the age of 100.

UNITED STATES

California waiter fired

A waiter was fired from a Southern California restaurant after asking customers to prove they had legal residency before serving them. The Los Angeles Times on Sunday reported that Brenda Carrillo, 23, said she and a friend got the question at Saint Marc in Huntington Beach. Carrillo said the waiter later asked her sister and another friend to see their proof of residency. She said the women complained to the manager and left. The restaurant said in an online post that the waiter was fired and that it would donate 10 percent of its weekend’s sales to a nonprofit chosen by the women.

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