Video released of police killing Utah man, firing at him with his own gun

Family of 38-year-old Nicolas Sanchez say he was ‘killed in cold blood’ after a brief altercation at a convenience store in Roy, Utah, led to his death

Utah police officers fatally shot a man after disarming him and then firing at him with his own gun, according to law enforcement officials and body-camera footage that captured more than a dozen bullets fired.

The video of officers from Roy, Utah, firing at Nicolas Sanchez, 38, at a gas station has sparked outrage from friends and family, who said the man was never a threat and that after police secured his gun, there was no justification for lethal force.

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Global productivity slowdown risks creating instability, warns IMF

Christine Lagarde says governments must invest in education, cut red tape and encourage innovation to drive up growth

The head of the International Monetary Fund has issued a stark warning that living standards will fall around the world unless governments take urgent action to increase productivity by investing in education, cutting red tape and incentivising research and development.

Christine Lagarde used a speech in Washington to tell policymakers they could not simply wait for innovation to drive up productivity growth and help living standards recover from the legacy of the global financial crisis.

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Brexit Off to Rocky Start With Rumors of War Over Gibraltar

War with Spain was not on the ballot paper when Britons went to the polls in last year’s referendum and voted to withdraw from the European Union.

But Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to rule out the prospect of military action to defend the British enclave of Gibraltar on Monday, after a former leader of her Conservative Party seemed to suggest that might be necessary to keep Spain from demanding the territory’s return as part of the deal to allow the United Kingdom to trade freely with remaining E.U. members.

Speaking on Sunday, Michael Howard, who is now a member of the House of Lords, suggested that if Spain tried to assert sovereignty over the outpost, the British prime minister could emulate her predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, who used force to keep control of another Spanish-speaking nation, Argentina, from seizing another British enclave, the Falklands.

In a subsequent appearance on Britain’s Channel 4 News, Howard said that he was not calling for war, but because the E.U. had referred to Gibraltar in their draft guidelines for the talks over Britain’s exit, “I can see no harm in reminding them what sort of people we are.”

This jingoistic talk, which was echoed by a retired British admiral and lapped up by England’s right-wing press, was widely mocked by Britons who see Brexit as a descent into nationalist fantasy and nostalgia for an imperial past.

Before the laughter had died down, the leader of the Brexit campaign, Boris Johnson, stepped before the cameras in his role as Britain’s foreign minister to insist that the sovereignty of Gibraltar “cannot conceivably change without the express support and consent of the people of Gibraltar.”

Strangely, Johnson made no mention of the fact that the people of Gibraltar are about to be forced out of the European Union against their will, since 96 percent of them voted against Brexit in last year’s referendum.

Before Monday was out, however, the prime minister’s spokesman, Greg Swift, felt it necessary to explain that a British naval task force sailing to defend Gibraltar from Spain, just “isn’t going to happen.”

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Neil Gorsuch nomination vote in committee sets up Democratic filibuster

Senate Republicans prepare to invoke so-called nuclear option to force supreme court nomination as only four Democrats have announced support for Gorsuch

The US Senate appeared on the verge of going “nuclear” on Monday after supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch was approved in committee and Democrats secured enough support to filibuster the vote on his confirmation.

This 41-vote threshold was reached just before the Senate judiciary committee approved Gorsuch’s nomination by a party-line vote of 11-9. This sets the stage for a showdown on the Senate floor later in the week, which could involve the so-called nuclear option, a change to Senate rules that would prevent filibusters of nominees to the supreme court.

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