New York

Eric Garner's family settles for $5.9 million

The family of a black man who died after being placed in a white police officer's chokehold reached a $5.9 million settlement with the city of New York on Monday. Eric ­Garner's family in October filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million. Garner, who was 43, was stopped July 17, 2014, outside a Staten Island convenience store because officers believed he was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Massachusetts

Cop's son charged in terror bomb plot

A 23-year-old Muslim convert and son of a Boston police captain has been charged with illegal possession of firearms, and the FBI suspects he was making preparations to launch a terrorist attack targeting a college cafeteria, according to court documents. Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested July 4 on the way to his house in Adams, Mass., after meeting with an FBI confidential informant who provided him with two handguns and two semi-automatic rifles. A U.S. law enforcement official said Ciccolo's father first notified authorities about his son's plans.

Iraq

Operation starts to oust ISIL from Anbar

Iraq launched a broad military offensive against ISIL in the country's Anbar Province, buttressed by a flurry of airstrikes conducted by the U.S. military. Defense Ministry officials said the operation involved a mix of army and police forces, Shiite militias and local Sunni tribal fighters. Iraq's government has struggled to regain territory in Sunni-majority Anbar since ISIL swept through the region last year. U.S. military aircraft and other allied forces helped clear the way for the offensive with an intensive bombing campaign on Sunday in Ramadi, conducting 29 airstrikes against 67 targets.

Russia

23 dead in collapse of barracks

A late-night barracks collapse killed 23 people and wounded at least 19 others in south-central Russia, as soldiers at a training center for airborne forces were crushed in their beds by a cascade of concrete and metal, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Officials announced the death toll after finishing an all-night search-and-rescue operation at the barracks, on the base of the 242nd Airborne Training Center in Omsk, a regional capital in southwest Siberia about 70 miles from the border with Kazakhstan.

Hungary

Anti-migrant fence on border is being built

Hungary has begun building a fence on the country's southern border with Serbia, meant to stem the unprecedented flow of migrants. Military personnel began working on a 490-foot "sample section" Monday morning on the outskirts of the town of Morahalom, where a bulldozer and other heavy machinery were preparing the ground for construction. "A daily average of 1,000 illegal border crossers are arriving in Hungary, so illegal immigration has become a severe problem and its control a prominent task," the government said.

news services