‘Isis has shattered the ancient ties that bound Iraq’s minorities’ | World news | The Observer

In the grounds of Archbishop Bashar Warda's cathedral, the last Christians of northern Iraq are trying to find shelter. Some huddle under parched shrubs. Others move in sync with the shadow from the church office that gives them a reprieve from the baking sun. Children and women mill around a makeshift food hall, while old men stare vacantly. There are 4,000 desperate souls in the church grounds. And all seem shocked to be here.

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Disquiet in NYPD ranks over Bill de Blasio’s perceived anti-police stance |

Disquiet in NYPD ranks over Bill de Blasio's perceived anti-police stance | World news | NewsWire
New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio, is flanked by the police commissioner, Bill Bratton, and the Reverend Al Sharpton on 31 July. Photograph: Bob Bennett/AP

Police have become increasingly at odds with Mayor Bill de Blasio over the appearance that he is taking sides against them after the chokehold death of a black suspect last month – a conflict that has prompted the city’s top law enforcement official to do damage control by calling the mayor “very pro-cop”.

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