More Unrest in Wake of Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Teenager
Tensions are rising between police and residents in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.
Police in riot gear fired tear gas and smoke bombs late Wednesday night at hundreds of residents who were protesting for a fourth consecutive night in the predominantly-black community Ferguson.
The community of 21,000 residents has been on edge since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday. Ferguson police officials say Brown was killed after fighting with the policeman in his car. But witnesses say the teenager was shot multiple times as he and a friend were walking from a store, and that his hands were raised to show he was surrendering.
The demonstrations have turned violent, with some protesters vandalizing and looting stores. Police officials have responded by deploying heavily-armed officers in military-style vehicles throughout the community, a sight that has worsened relations between residents and Ferguson's mostly white political leadership.
Kerry: US Committed to Asia Pivot
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is committed to pushing ahead with its new focus on Asia.
Kerry's comments came during a speech Wednesday at the East-West Center in Hawaii, a stop that concluded his eight-day tour of the Pacific.
The top U.S. diplomat said President Barack Obama has asked him to "redouble" his diplomatic efforts in the region.
Kerry said a key to those efforts is expanding cooperation with China, which has expressed concern at the so-called Asia "pivot."
One area of disagreement between China and the U.S. is Beijing's territorial disputes with its neighbors in the East and South China Seas.
During a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders in Myanmar, where Kerry was also present, China rejected a U.S. proposal to reduce tensions related to the disputes.
Kerry on Wednesday reiterated the U.S. takes no position on the disputes, but he said Washington does care about how they are resolved.