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Ferguson calmed, but St. Louis protests and US seethes
NATO military chief Breedlove warns of Russian incursion
US General Philip Breedlove, NATO's top military chief has warned that Russia still has enough troops on Ukraine's border to carry out an incursion across the region. Moscow has also deployed 14 military jets to Crimea.
Turkey bans reporting on parliamentary graft body
A Turkish court has banned reporting on a parliamentary probe into corruption allegations against four ex-ministers in Recep Tayyip Erdogan's previous cabinet. Turkey's opposition says the move protects "thieves."
UN aid chief Valerie Amos to step down
United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos is to stand down from the role after four years. Amos has overseen aid operations in major flashpoints in the Middle East and Africa.
Greece island of Crete awaits 700 boat migrants to EU
One of the largest refugee boats in recent months is headed for the island of Crete. The freighter Baris, carrying 700 people thought to be from Syria and Afghanistan, is being towed by a Greek frigate.
Spain Health Minister Ana Mato resigns over scandal
Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato has resigned after her former husband was linked to a corruption scandal that involved the ruling People's Party. A judge had earlier accused her of benefiting from a bribery scandal.
Pakistani polio workers demand safeguards
Polio workers in Pakistan have demanded greater security before returning to work after gunmen murdered four vaccination team members. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio remains endemic.
Central African Republic
Cameroon army reports 'liberation' of 16 CAR hostages
Cameroon has claimed that its military has freed 16 people from rebels from the Central African Republic. The army was said to have carried out a "special operation" to free the hostages, who included a Polish priest.
ChristmasChristmas markets in Germany
JournalProtests spread across the United States
IraqDesperate times for Iraq's Yazidis
JournalSuspected German jihadists could lose their passports
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