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Protests across US as troops deployed in Ferguson

Ferguson - Protest marches sprang up in cities across the United States, as a huge security operation stifled clashes in Ferguson, the town at the center of the country's latest racially-charged riots.

Double female suicide bomb attacks kill 45 in Nigeria

Maiduguri - More than 45 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of such attacks blamed on Boko Haram.

Republicans' next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

Washington - The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran.

Troop force tripled in Ferguson as local anger mounts

Ferguson - More than 2,000 soldiers were ordered into the riot-torn US town of Ferguson on Tuesday as the family of a slain black teenager denounced the "broken" justice system that failed to indict the white policeman who shot him.

Russia cuts oil output as OPEC 'agrees' price too low

Vienna - Rosneft has trimmed its oil output partly in response to sliding crude prices, the Russian oil giant said Tuesday, as an under-pressure OPEC mulled taking similar action.

Thousands of Haiti protesters demand president to step down

Port-au-prince - Thousands of anti-government protesters in Haiti called Tuesday for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, whom they accused of trying to reinstall a dictatorship.

World sends French man with Down's Syndrome 30,000 birthday cards

Thanks to his loving parents, and loving humans, a man in France with Down's Syndrome got more birthday cards for his 30th birthday than most people get in a lifetime. The cards and greetings came from all over the world.

Zimbabwe vice president ousted from party post in succession war

Harare - Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru has been ousted from the ruling party's powerful central committee after being accused of plotting to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, state media reported Wednesday.

Anti-Islamist Essebsi leads Tunisia presidential vote

Tunis - The run-off battle in Tunisia's first free presidential election gets underway Wednesday, after secular frontrunners Beji Caid Essebsi and incumbent Moncef Marzouki finished top in the first round.

Argentina's Kirchner in first public speech after illness

Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner appeared in public following a nearly month-long absence due to illness, reigniting the offensive against hedge funds and vowing she wants a resolution to the debt crisis.

Mexico leader forced into action over 43 missing

- Two months after 43 students vanished in the night, change is afoot in Mexico: protests have swept the nation, sounding a wake-up call for the president to finally tackle corruption and police brutality.

China drafts first domestic violence law

Bejing - China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, a move hailed by activists as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

Hong Kong police reopen main road after clearing protest camp

Hong Kong - Hundreds of Hong Kong police Wednesday cleared a pro-democracy protest camp, arresting Joshua Wong and another student leader and reopening a main road blocked for almost two months.

Juncker unveils 315-bn-euro plan to 'kickstart' EU economy

Strasbourg - New EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled Wednesday an eagerly awaited 315-billion-euro investment plan to "kickstart" the economy, saying it would show the world that Europe was back in business after years of crisis.

France halts warship delivery to Russia 'until further notice'

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the Ukraine crisis.

Formal inquiry urged into Australian military academy abuse

Sydney - Australia should hold a public inquiry into abuse at a prestigious military academy, a long-awaited report into disturbing mistreatment within the defence force found Wednesday.

India seeks to reinvigorate regional ties at South Asia summit

Kathmandu - South Asian leaders met in Kathmandu Wednesday with regional superpower India seeking to boost trade and reinvigorate ties in the face of growing Chinese influence in its backyard, hampered by its bitter rivalry with Pakistan.

U.S. may send additional troops to Afghanistan next year

Washington - The U.S. military likely will keep a slightly larger force in Afghanistan in 2015 than first planned and American troops will have authority to come to the aid of Afghan forces if necessary, officials said Tuesday.

Coal mine fire kills 24 in China: Xinhua

Bejing - A fire at a Chinese coal mine killed 24 workers early Wednesday, state media reported, the latest fatal incident to hit the accident-prone industry.
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