Italy sent a first group of Eritrean asylum seekers to Sweden on Friday as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states amid the continent's biggest migrant crisis since World War Two. The 19 men and women who made a perilous journey across the desert and the sea to seek shelter in Europe lined up on the runway of Rome's Ciampino airport wearing light jackets, smiling and taking selfies before boarding a state plane. European migrant commissioner Dmitris Avramopoulos and Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano escorted them to the aircraft taking them to an airport near the Arctic Circle where temperatures dipped below freezing overnight.
The family of a black US motorist shot dead by a white police officer and the city of North Charleston, South Carolina, agreed to a settlement, the city's mayor said. The city council voted to approve the $6.5 million settlement Thursday, Mayor Keith Summey said in a statement. Walter Scott was shot in the back five times as he tried to run away from city police officer Michael Slager on April 4 after being pulled over, reportedly for a broken brake light.