Protesters hold signs aloft outside Macy's before the kick off of Black Friday sales in New York November 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Black Friday targeted by protesters

FERGUSON, Mo. - Protesters began targeting Black Friday sales at major retailers overnight in a new tactic to vent their anger at a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen.  Full Article 

Stock futures flat; oil rout looks to weigh on energy 8:19am EST

NEW YORK - U.S. stock index futures were mostly flat on Friday, as the market's recent upward bias looked to continue in a holiday-shortened session, though energy shares saw heavy pressure as crude oil tumbled to a four-year low.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the close of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. State Department in Washington August 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama plan to 'Power Africa' sees dim start

JOHANNESBURG - Obama's pledge to double power generation in Africa within five years looked highly ambitious from the start. A year later, it is unclear how much of the $7 billion Obama pledged has actually been spent.  Full Article 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un holds a pair of binoculars as he organizes and guides a combined joint drill of the units under KPA Combined Units 572 and 630 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 23, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea's Kim dynasty adds a female face

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un's sister has been promoted to a senior government position in Pyongyang, further strengthening the family's grip on power.  Video | Full Article 

A woman pushes her Fiat 500 car as her dog sits inside, in a neighborhood of Rome March 23, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Italy's stay-home shoppers terrify Europe

ROME - Numbed by years of wage freezes and skeptical the government can improve their economic fortunes, Italians are hoarding what money they have and cutting back on basic purchases.  Full Article 

A volunteer wearing a protective suit walks in a 'high risk' zone during an Ebola training session held by Germany's Red Cross in Wuerzburg October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

WHO to male Ebola survivors: abstain from sex

LONDON - Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization said.  Full Article 

Relatives hold pictures of missing students of the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College Raul Isidro Burgos, during a protest march demanding the government find them, in Zumpango, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico president vows police reform

MEXICO CITY - Embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed to simplify Mexico's chaotic police structure and stop collusion between officials and drug gangs as he tried to defuse anger over the apparent massacre of 43 students in September.  Full Article | Video 

The Elf on the Shelf balloon floats down Sixth Avenue during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Thankful to arrive on snowy holiday

NEW YORK - Millions of Americans were thankful just to arrive at their Thanksgiving feasts after a snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on Eastern states, causing flight delays and power outages.  Full Article | Video 

Breakingviews: Oil stock fears overdone

Shares in oil services companies have suffered as the price of oil falls. But there could be bargains for brave investors, says Breakingviews.