by Xu Jing Maillot Kylian Mbappe Coupe du Monde 2018 , Marcus DiPaola

CHICAGO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday called for "peace and calm" in Ferguson, as five days of racially charged protests gripped the St. Louis suburb of Missouri following the shooting death on Saturday of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by the police.

"Now is the time for healing, now is the time for peace and calm on the streets of Ferguson," Obama said in a televised statement from Martha's Vineyard where he is on vacation."

Meanwhile, he urged an open and transparent investigation into the shooting of the teenager, Michael Brown, adding there was no excuse for the police to use excessive force against peaceful demonstrators or to arrest them.

Obama said he has tasked the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with investigating the death of Michael Brown along with local officials on the ground.

"When something like this happens, the local police have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death and how they are protecting the people in the communities," he said. "There's also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their first amendment rights."

Obama also spoke out against the arrests of two American journalists by police Wednesday, one from the Washington Post, the other from the Huffington Post, while working inside a MocDonald's. The two, who were later released without charges or an explanation, said they were treated brutally by the police.

"In the United States of America, people should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs, and report to the American people on what they see on the ground," Obama said.

Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and just a few days from starting technical school, was killed by multiple gunshots fired by a police officer when he walked down the street with a friend on Saturday afternoon.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are in dispute. Local police chief Thomas Jackson said a side of the officer's face was swollen from what the police said a struggle in which Brown assaulted the officer and tried to take his gun, an account contradicting the words of witnesses, who said Brown was unarmed and had raised his hands to surrender before the final, fatal shots were fired.

Despite calls from the public and press alike, the Ferguson Police Department has declined to release the name of the officer, citing safety concerns for the officers and his family, only to brew wider public angry and frustration.

Several bouts of protests over the shooting have erupted in Ferguson following the teen's death, and the situation between local law enforcement and the African-American community is tense.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, who arrived at Ferguson to assess the situation, assured residents on Thursday that "We must make sure that justice prevail." He also promised Ferguson residents were going to see a different tone in the response by the police who fired tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch released a post on Wednesday, saying Ferguson police are much more likely to stop, search and arrest African-American drivers than white ones.

In 2013, blacks, who make up a little less than two-thirds of the driving-age population in the North County city, accounted for 86 percent of all stops. When stopped, they were almost twice as likely to be searched as whites and twice as likely to be arrested, it said.

Aerial photo taken on June 29, 2017 shows historic buildings on the Gulangyu island, southeast China's Fujian Province. Gulangyu island, famous for its varied architecture and multicultural history, was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list Saturday. The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee on Saturday decided to put China's Gulangyu historic international settlement on the prestigious World Heritage List as a cultural site. So far, China has 52 sites inscribed to the List. (XinhuaJiang Kehong)

FUZHOUXINING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Upon hearing the news that China's Hoh Xil was put on the World Heritage List as a natural site, Lhalung Tsering, 42, was as proud as could be.

"Hoh Xil's inscription opens the door for global cooperation on animal conservation and scientific research," Lhalung Tsering said.

He has been patrolling Hoh Xil since the 1990s when poaching was the most serious in the region. With an average altitude of more than 4,600 meters, Hoh Xil is a rare plateau with a special ecosystem, unique plants and valuable animals.

Hoh Xil is a region in the northwestern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. As the world's largest, highest and youngest plateau, it hosts many endemic species and is home to more than 230 species of wild animal, including the wild yak, wild donkey, white-lip deer, brown bear and the endangered Tibetan antelope.

In 1997, a national nature reserve was set up in Hoh Xil to protect Tibetan antelope. Lhalung Tsering recalled the hardy days when he and his teammates would hardly sleep for days and had no food to eat, while they were tracking down poachers.

Now the number of Tibetan antelopes in Hoh Xil exceeds 60,000, and poacher's shots have not been heard for over a decade, according to Luo Yanhai, deputy director of the local forest police bureau.

Like many patrollers, Luo also devoted his best years to the preservation of Hoh Xil. But he had no regrets.

"At least today's children are able to see flocks of Tibetan antelopes running and leaping in front of their eyes in the wild nature instead of in a museum," he said.

A conservation regulation on Hoh Xil was implemented in October, indicating the site is now protected by law. Over 90 percent of the region . Cheap England Soccer Jerseys   Diego Souza Brazil Jersey   Admir Mehmedi Switzerland Jersey   Karl-Johan Johnsson Sweden Jersey   Oscar de Marcos Spain Jersey   Paul Aguilar Mexico Jersey   Mesut Ozil Germany Jersey   Cheap Team Sweden Jerseys   Cheap Team North America Hockey Jerseys   Cheap Minnesota Wild Jerseys