US prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all charges against police in the death of Freddie Gray, an African American whose fatal injury in custody provoked riots in Baltimore, despite insisting he had been killed. The lead prosecutor defended efforts to convict six officers on charges ranging from second degree murder to reckless endangerment, but criticized "reluctance and obvious bias" from individual police officers who worked to undermine the case and said it was probable that remaining trials would end in acquittal. The decision from Baltimore's state prosecutor now makes it unlikely that anyone will be punished for what was one of the most inflammatory deaths of unarmed black men in police custody, fueling a nationwide protest movement.
A US national of Bangladesh origin was among nine suspected Islamist extremists killed in a massive gunfight in Dhaka, police said Wednesday. Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Masudur Rahman told AFP that Shahzad Rouf was one of nine young men who were killed during Tuesday's early morning raid on a militant hideout. The nine were shot dead when hundreds of armed police stormed their den at a six-storey apartment building in Dhaka's Kalyanpur neighbourhood.