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(Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a new police accountability task force on Tuesday, his office said, a week after a white Chicago police officer was charged with murdering a black teenager. Emanuel, along with Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and State Attorney for Cook County Anita Alvarez, have faced stiff criticism for a 13-month delay in releasing a video of the 2014 shooting and charging the officer. There have been a number of protests in Chicago in recent days.
A faulty component and the crew's inadequate response caused an AirAsia A320 to crash into the Java Sea last year, killing all 162 people on board, an Indonesian report said Tuesday. Flight QZ8501 plunged into the ocean in stormy weather on December 28, during what was supposed to be a routine flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. The crash of the Airbus A320-200 triggered a huge international search, with ships and aircraft from several nations involved in a lengthy hunt that was hampered by strong currents and bad weather.
By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, released 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen held captive since August, 2014 on Tuesday in a Qatari-mediated deal that also secured freedom for a jailed ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese during an attack on the border town of Arsal mounted together with the Islamic State jihadist group which is still believed to be holding nine soldiers captured in the incursion. Live TV footage from the border area between Lebanon and Syria showed the Lebanese captives in vehicles accompanied by masked men armed with assault rifles and waving the Nusra Front flag before they were released to the Red Cross.