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Guard reinforcements contain damage in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the riot-scarred streets. But with hundreds of additional troops …

China, Europe growing despite global slowdown

MANILA – China’s central bank surprised the economy by slashing interest rates on Friday in order to re-energize their economy prompting analysts to include them in the list of major economies that are growing despite global slowdown. The head of the European Central Bank noted that he was ready to prompt motivation for the 18-country …

Obama defends moves on immigration

HENDERSON, Nevada — President Barack Obama is dismissing criticism that he overstepped his authority by acting unilaterally to shield millions of immigrants from the threat of deportation. Obama says in an interview broadcast nationally Sunday that presidents use “prosecutorial discretion” all the time. He says it was important to prioritize the deportation of criminals and …

Islamic State group recruits, exploits children

BEIRUT — Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, boys attend training camp and religious courses before heading off to fight. …

Buffalo residents urged to prepare for flooding

BUFFALO, NEW YORK — Buffalo is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city’s mayor said Sunday. A ban on driving will continue in hard-hit South Buffalo as hundreds of dump trucks, loaders and other snow removal equipment …

Obama immigration plan good, not great for economy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy – just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms. The executive order signed Friday would prevent the deportation of about 4 million parents and guardians who lack the same legal status as their children. By gaining …

Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake

TOKYO — The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials …

Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar

JOHANNESBURG — A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo. The World Health Organization fears the plague outbreak may spread rapidly through Madagascar’s largest and densely populated …

Traders look to health of U.S. economy, possibility of oil production cut

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market could be in for a seventh-straight week of gains as investors take comfort from moves by the Chinese government to boost its economy and look ahead to the latest readings on American and Canadian economic growth. Oil prices could also find some direction from Thursday’s meeting of oil ministers …

Despite upbeat Obama trip to China, US panel expects continuing tensions with Beijing

WASHINGTON—Tensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China’s president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said Thursday. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission criticizes “unsafe, unprofessional and aggressive” behaviour by Chinese military personnel in the past …

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