Afghan reporter killed as govt says ready for Taliban dialogueA roadside bomb killed a television journalist in Kabul on Saturday, soon after a top Afghan official appointed to lead peace talks with the Taliban said his team was ready for the long delayed dialogue. The blast, which targeted a minibus carrying 15 employees of private television channel Khurshid TV, was claimed by the Islamic State group, according to SITE Intelligence which monitors jihadist activity. Maesaiah Thabane is suspected of orchestrating the shooting of Lipolelo Thabane who was gunned down outside her home in the capital Maseru.
Brendan O’Brien and Carlos BarriaThe full Minnesota National Guard has been activated for the first time since World War II after four nights of sometimes violent protests that have spread to other US cities following the killing of a black man by a white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck.Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the deployment was needed because outsiders were using the demonstrations over the death of George Floyd to spread chaos, and that he expected Saturday night protests to be the fiercest so far.From Minneapolis to New York City, Atlanta and Washington DC, protesters clashed with police late on Friday in a rising tide of anger over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement.”We are under assault,” Walz told a briefing. “Order needs to be restored. We will use our full strength of goodness and righteousness to make sure this ends.”He said he believed a “tightly controlled” group of outside agitators, some white supremacist groups and drug cartels were to blame for some of the violence in Minneapolis, but he did not give specifics when asked by reporters. He said as many as 80 per cent of those arrested were from outside the state.In an extraordinary move, the Pentagon said it put military units on a four hour recall status to be ready if requested by Walz to support the Minnesota National Guard and law enforcement.The demonstrations broke out for a fourth night despite prosecutors announcing on Friday that the policeman filmed kneeling on Floyd neck, Derek Chauvin, had been arrested on third degree murder and manslaughter charges.Three other officers have been fired and are being investigated in connection with Monday incident, which reignited rage that civil rights activists said has long simmered in Minneapolis and cities across the country over persistent racial bias in the US criminal justice system.The video of Floyd death, filmed by a bystander, showed the 46 year old repeatedly pleading with the officers and telling them he could not breathe.Late on Friday, officers opened fire with tear gas, plastic bullets and concussion grenades to disperse protesters. Still, Friday night demonstrations were far smaller and more widely dispersed than the night before.Floyd, a Houston native who had worked security for a nightclub, was arrested for allegedly using counterfeit money at a store to buy cigarettes on Monday evening.Bail has been set at $US500,000 ($A749,963) for Chauvin.