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Protests in Ferguson dwindle, mass arrests at California rallies

FERGUSON, Mo. - Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson on Thursday after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision to clear a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager. | Video

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Ukraine puts on parliamentary show of unity in message to Russia

KIEV - Ukraine's parliament approved Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister on Thursday in a ceremony that countered reports of high-level disunity in a message to Russia over its backing of separatists in the country's east.

World, Russia 12:02pm EST

Myanmar constitution summit 'impractical': presidential spokesman

YANGON, November 27 - A summit of political leaders proposed by Myanmar's parliament to debate constitutional change is "impractical" and unlikely to happen, the president's spokesman said in a further setback to hopes for full democracy after 49 years of military rule.

World, Myanmar 12:59pm EST

EU lawmakers urge regulators to break up Google

BRUSSELS - European Union lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a motion on Thursday urging anti-trust regulators to break up Google, the latest setback for the world's most popular Internet search engine.

Tech, Media 9:47am EST

South Asia summit salvaged after handshake by leaders of India, Pakistan

KATHMANDU - A brief meeting between India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart on Thursday salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.

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Explosion, gunfire heard in diplomatic quarter of Afghan capital

KABUL - An explosion shook houses in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital on Thursday evening and was followed by heavy gunfire that could still be heard an hour later, according to Reuters witnesses and security officials.