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Protests in Ferguson, elsewhere muted after two nights of racial unrest

FERGUSON, Mo. - The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, were mostly quiet on Wednesday after two nights of racially charged unrest following a grand jury decision to clear a white policeman of criminal prosecution for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. | Video

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West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics

WASHINGTON - When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said the soldiers had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time.

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Special Report: How China's shadowy agency is working to absorb Taiwan

TAIPEI/HONG KONG - Ever since a civil war split the two sides more than 60 years ago, China has viewed Taiwan as a renegade province that needs to be absorbed into the mainland. To that end, the legion of Taiwanese businessmen working in China is a beachhead.

Hong Kong student leader banned from Mong Kok protest site

HONG KONG - Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was banned from a large area in Mong Kok as a condition of bail on Thursday after he was arrested during scuffles with police as they cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for weeks.

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Thai election pushed back to 2016: deputy PM

BANGKOK - A Thai general election planned for next year will be delayed until 2016, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, pushing back the promised return to democracy.

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Australian extradited to U.S. in Silk Road online drugs bazaar case

SYDNEY - Australia has extradited a man to the United States to face trial for alleged involvement in Silk Road, a website where people bought illegal drugs like heroin using digital currency bitcoin, a government official said on Thursday.

Thai court sentences five to death in war-torn south

BANGKOK - A Thai court sentenced to death five suspected Muslim separatists convicted of killing four soldiers, prompting Human Rights Watch to accuse the government of applying "double standards" in the turbulent south.