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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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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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Exclusive - Japan eyes military aid to spur defense exports, build security ties: sources

TOKYO - Japan is considering creating a government-backed financing arm for weapons exports, a move that would accelerate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's shift away from the country's pacifist past and strengthen Tokyo's regional security ties as China's military power grows.

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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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Malaysia to retain and prop up Sedition Act, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government.

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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.

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Suicide bomber hits British embassy vehicle in Afghan capital, kills at least three

KABUL - A suicide bomber struck a British embassy vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding many bystanders, officials and a Reuters witness said.