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The family of Tyre Nichols plans to speak about the latest developments in the case, including the suspension of two officers and the firing of three emergency responders. The family will gather Tuesday evening with the Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Ben Crump at the historic Mason Temple in Memphis. That's where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech. Five Black officers have already been fired and charged with second-degree murder and other offenses. Six officers belonged to a now-disbanded unit that focused on high-crime areas. Crump says other Memphis residents who say they also were “brutalized” by officers in the unit will speak.

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Suspects are being sought after police say 11 people were shot and wounded during a drive-by shooting in a central Florida neighborhood. Lakeland police say two of the victims were critically injured Monday afternoon, while the wounds of the other victims weren’t considered life-threatening. Police say a crowd had gathered along a residential street when a sedan rolled by. Authorities say four people fired from the windows before the car sped away. Investigators believe the shooting was a targeted attack. Authorities on Tuesday offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the shooting.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has wrapped up a two-day visit to Israel and the occupied West Bank with little to show for his renewed appeals for Israeli-Palestinian calm amid an alarming spike of violence. Blinken met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Tuesday, a day after seeing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Afterwards, he said the recent surge in violence was deeply concerning and that it's the responsibility of both sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation. He said he was leaving two senior aides behind to explore various ideas on how to lower the tensions but declined to say what those ideas are.

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Pope Francis is demanding that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources. He plunged head first into his agenda upon arrival in Congo, where he was greeted with a raucous welcome by Congolese grateful he was focusing the world’s attention on their forgotten plight. Tens of thousands of Congolese lined the main road into the capital, Kinshasa, to welcome Francis on Tuesday after he landed at the airport, some standing three or four deep, with children in school uniforms taking the front row.  In a speech to government authorities, Francis said: “Hands off the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Hands off Africa!”

The attorney for a Missouri man facing lethal injection next week says he will ask the state Supreme Court to postpone the execution by three or four months to allow more time to investigate his innocence claim. Leonard Taylor faces execution Feb. 7 for the 2004 deaths of his girlfriend and her three children near St. Louis. Attorney Kent Gipson had asked St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell to request a hearing on Taylor’s claim that he was out of state when the killings occurred. But Bell declined on Monday, saying “the facts are not there to support a credible case of innocence.” Gipson said Tuesday that he'll ask the high court to delay the execution.