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Sudan's anti-aircraft defences shot at an unidentified object that crossed the sky near Khartoum late on Tuesday, the army said, denying that explosions heard in the capital were related to an attack or coup attempt. "The anti-air defences in the Wadi Sidna military zone confronted a bright target late last night," a statement on the Sudanese armed forces website quoted spokesman Colonel Sawarmi Khaled Saad as saying. "The official spokesman would like to reassure citizens that the situation is fully under control, denying reports that there was an alleged coup attempt, or military clashes or external attack." Sudan faces insurgences in the western region of Darfur and along its border with South Sudan, though the rebels are not believed to have air capabilities. It has blamed Israel for such attacks in the past, including an air strike in 2012 that caused a huge explosion and fire at an arms factory in Khartoum, but Israel has either refused to comment or said it neither admitted nor denied involvement.
(Reuters) - Baltimore will ask the Justice Department to investigate its police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday. The review will look into police "patterns and practices" and potential violations of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures, Rawlings-Blake told a news conference. The request follows the death last month of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died of spinal injuries after being arrested by police. Rawlings-Blake's announcement came a day after Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore.