June 23, 2017 GMT

Jurors to deliberate a 5th day in police shooting retrial

CINCINNATI — Squestered jurors will continue deliberations into a fifth day in a former University of Cincinnati police officer’s second trial, longer than the deadlocked jury did in his first trial.

After a full day Thursday, jurors in Ray Tensing’s murder retrial have deliberated nearly 26 hours, compared to 25 hours over four days before a mistrial was declared last November. The white former officer is also charged with voluntary manslaughter in the July 2015 shooting of Sam DuBose, an unarmed Black motorist.

Judge gets progress report on reforms in Ferguson, Mo.

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge in St. Louis was scheduled to hear an update on the progress Ferguson, Mo., has made in its agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry signed off on the April 2016 agreement, which calls for significant changes in police and court procedures.

The St. Louis suburb has been under scrutiny since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014. Brown, who was Black and unarmed, was fatally shot by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson during a street confrontation, leading to months of unrest.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing and resigned. But the Justice Department found patterns of racial bias and profiling in Ferguson’s police and courts.

Burkina Faso to invest $700 million to fight extremism

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The government has announced it will invest more than $700 million over four years to eradicate poverty in the Sahel and northern region of the West African country to prevent youth from joining jihadi groups.

The government said Thursday that the money would be used to build basic services, improve the resilience of the mostly nomadic population in the rural and arid lands, and to increase security.

Landlocked Burkina Faso’s remote northern Sahel region is now home to Islamic preacher Ibrahim Malam Dicko, who has claimed recent deadly attacks against troops and civilians. His association, Ansarul Islam, is now considered a terrorist group by Burkina Faso’s government.