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Protesters are throwing bottles, fireworks, and gun shots were heard during demonstrations against the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott - photo by BBC video
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Public displays of violence and rage over the recent police shooting of a black man continue in Charlotte, North Carolina as the governor has declared a state of emergency in the city.

On Tuesday, Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a black officer causing public protest in the city and throughout the country. Scott was the third USA black man shot by police in a week.

The police shot Scott as they saw him leave a car with a handgun. Police said they told Scott to drop the gun several times before he was shot. The Scott family, however, claims he was carrying nothing but a book. Dash-cam footage is still being reviewed by officials. 

It is legal to carry a gun in North Carolina, but a permit is required to carry and conceal it.

Protests in Charlotte began peacefully yet became violent the second day as protesters started throwing bottles and fireworks at police, destroying property, looting, and gun shots were fired and one person injured.

Riot police are using tear gas as they are facing hundreds of protesters at once.

Police have reported four officers injured so far.



Vocabulary

display - a showing
rage - intense anger
governer - the leader of a state of the USA
state of emergency - a declaration of a very dangerous situation in a particular area

dash-cam footage - video taken from a police car
a permit - a special license allowing someone to do something legally

to conceal - to hide 
property - things people own (cars, bikes, buildings, phones, houses, etc.)
to loot - to break and steal during a mob
riot - a large, uncontrollable mob (group) of people causing violence and havoc (trouble)
tear gas - special chemicals released to make people cry and run away



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Riot police are using tear gas amid violent protests in Charlotte, NC - photo by Brian Bianco / GETTY
 
 
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Melania Trump speaks tonight at the Republican Convention - photo by Paul Sancya / AP
The 2016 Republican National Convention kicked off this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and will present Donald J. Trump as the party's 2016 USA presidential election nominee.

Authorities and officials in Ohio have been concerned over the security of the event due to racial tension and to the recent gun murders of police officers during a Black Lives Matter-protest in Dallas, Texas and the gun murders of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. Police are also on increased alert because Ohio allows citizens to openly carry guns in public.

So far, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters at the event have been peaceful.

Donald Trump's wife, model and business woman, Melania Trump will headline tonight's events by giving a speech at the convention.



Vocabulary
convention (noun) - a formal meeting usually of many people
to kick off (verb) - to start an event (usually lasting some days)
party (noun) - a political group
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
racial tension - great stress related to problems between races of people
on alert - very focused
to headline - to be the main event

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus opens the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday- photo by Aaron Josefczyk / REUTERS
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Anti-Trump protesters at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio - photo by Sam Hodgson / NY Times
 
 
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Wefaq in Bahrain dissolved - photo by Reuters
In the Sunni-led country of Bahrain, a court has ordered the main political opposition group, Wefaq, dissolved and its assets seized, sources say. 

The Shia-Muslim Wefaq has advocated for the rights of Shia citizens and has led pro-democracy protests since 2011 when 30 people and police officers were killed afteKing Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa brought in troops from neighboring Sunni-led Gulf states to maintain order.

Last month, the justice minister asked the court to dissolve Wefaq, and an appeal court doubled the prison sentence of Wefaq's secretary-general Sheikh Ali Salman. Before the appeal, Salman was acquitted in court of trying to overthrow the government by force. 

The organization Human Rights Watch has claimed that Salman's court trial was unfair. 


Vocabulary
to order (verb) - to tell a servant to do something
political opposition - a group of politicians that argue against the political group that is the leader
to dissolve (verb) - to end by force
assets (noun) - valuables, usually money / property (land, buildings, etc.)

to seize (verb) - to take by force
sources - the origin of a story
to advocate (verb) - to support; to fight for
pro-democracy - in support of democracy (government elected and controlled by citizens)
to maintain (verb) - to keep
order (noun) - peace
justice minister - a government official
appeal - a court intended to reverse a decision

to double (verb) - to make it   x 2  ("times 2" - twice the size)
to acquit - to no longer accuse and let them free
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Wefaq's Sheikh Salman - photo AFP