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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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Yemen rescuers sought U.S., British hostages in raid

SANAA - An American, a Briton and a South African were among several hostages Yemeni forces sought to free from al Qaeda this week, the defense ministry said on its website, describing a raid that a U.S. defense official said also involved U.S. special forces.

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Low expectations for oil output cut as OPEC meets

VIENNA - Gulf oil producers led by Saudi Arabia are expected to press the case on Thursday for not yet cutting OPEC output, despite calls from some members of the group to bolster sagging prices by removing surplus crude from the market. | 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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Hong Kong student leaders banned from Mong Kok protest site

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

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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.

Nine injured in south China knife attack

BEIJING - Nine people were rushed to the hospital after a man stabbed them at a grocery store in south China on Thursday, state media reported, the latest in a series of knifings that has unnerved the country.