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U.N. torture watchdog urges U.S. to crack down on police brutality

GENEVA - The U.N. Committee against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used only in life-threatening situations.

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Texas police kill man who fired at Austin buildings

AUSTIN, Texas - Police in Austin shot and killed a man who opened fire on three major buildings in the Texas capital on Friday and also may have had some type of explosive device in his vehicle.

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Global air ticket fraud sweep nets 118 arrests

AMSTERDAM - More than 100 people were arrested worldwide this week after an investigation spanning 45 countries into the use of stolen credit cards to buy plane tickets, European police agency Europol said on Friday.

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Exclusive: Indian Essar's planned oil-for-steel deal tests Iran sanctions

NEW DELHI - Essar Group, a $39 billion Indian conglomerate, is looking to tap frozen Iranian oil revenues to pay for its steel exports to Tehran, in a novel attempt to work around Western financial sanctions against the OPEC member state.

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Cameron tells EU: let us curb migrant welfare, or risk UK leaving

ROCESTER, England - Prime Minister David Cameron hinted on Friday he might recommend a British exit from the European Union if it stops him restricting EU migrants' access to UK welfare benefits, but said he was confident it would not come to that.

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Protesters target Black Friday sales in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri 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.

Namibia's ruling party seen winning Africa's first electronic vote

WINDHOEK - Namibians voted on Friday in Africa's first electronic election that is expected see the SWAPO party to extend its 24-year rule as people in the mineral-rich country seek stability in the face of a global commodities downturn.