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Emergency declared in Missouri county in US after shooting

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Washington: A state of emergency was declared in a Missouri county as protesters turned violent after police shot and critically injured one man on Sunday, the anniversary of the killing of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

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“The recent acts of violence will not be tolerated in a community that has worked so tirelessly over the last year to rebuild and become stronger,” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement on Monday.

Overnight unrest in Ferguson, a small town of 22,000, nearly 70 percent of them black, with all but four of its 53 strong police force white, created “the potential for harm to persons and property,” the statement said.

The order came as roughly 200 demonstrators marched from Christ Church Cathedral to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse in St. Louis.

The protesters carried signs, chanted and prayed and demanded the Justice Department take action, according to CNN affiliate KTVI.

At the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, protesters hung a banner from two balloons. It read, “Racism still lives here #fightback.”

Police arrested 56 people at the courthouse demonstration, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Schron Jackson told CNN.

Later on Monday, another group of protesters blocked part of a highway in Earth City, Missouri. Some of them held yellow signs that said, “Ferguson is everywhere.”

Monday’s planned acts of civil disobedience came after a night of violence that left Ferguson on edge.

Peaceful marches in the St. Louis suburb planned on Sunday were shattered that same night when gunfire broke out, sending protesters and police scattering to safety.

The alleged gunman, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris of St. Louis, is hospitalized in critical condition and in police custody.

Harris’ aunt, Karen Harris, said her nephew attended the protests because he was friends with Brown.

Recounting what other family members who were with Tyrone Harris described, the aunt said Tyrone Harris wasn’t carrying a gun and never fired at police.

He was “running for his life” just like everyone else, she said, when the gunshots were fired.

Brown’s killing on Aug 9, 2014 by White police Officer Darren Wilson sparked outrage and protests nationwide against what some described as racial bias by the police.

(IANS)

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US Offering Rewards Upto $10mn for Information on Lebanon Hezbollah Finances

The payments will be made by the State Department's Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists

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FILE - Hezbollah fighters parade in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2010. VOA

The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization.

The U.S. State Department announced the award Monday, saying it would be paid to those who give information about major Hezbollah donors and financiers as well as businesses that support the organization and banks that facilitate the group’s transactions.

The payments will be made by the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists.

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The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization. Pixabay

Hezbollah was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 1997.

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The Shi’ite group, backed by Iran, has recently been increasing its influence on Lebanon’s government. It has also been growing its regional clout, including sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad.

The State Department said its Rewards for Justice program has paid more than $150 million to more than 100 people for giving information that helped brings terrorists to justice or prevented acts of terrorism. The program began in 1984. (VOA)