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world Australian Cricketer Dies After Freak On-Field Accident

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who was struck in the head with a ball during a match this week in Sydney, has died. Team doctor Peter Brukner said in a statement the 25-year-old died Thursday, surrounded by his family and friends. Hughes had been put in a medically induced coma and underwent emergency surgery following the Tuesday accident. Brukner said Hughes never regained consciousness and "was not in pain before he passed." Hughes was hit just behind the left ear by a bounced ball

22 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world LAPD begins arrests in downtown L.A. during demonstrations over Ferguson decision

Police made another mass arrest in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, the third day of protests against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

25 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Thailand: no return to democracy until 2016 says minister

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan says elections will now take place in early 2016 not next year as promised. Continue reading...

25 minutes ago // Reuters

world West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics

WASHINGTON Reuters - 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.

30 minutes ago // VOA

world Ferguson Streets Calmer Following Unrest

The streets of the midwestern U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, are calmer, following two nights of unrest over a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black teenager. The city saw scattered protests late Wednesday, but a heavy police presence, snowy weather, and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday presumably helped lead to smaller crowds than on previous nights. Earlier, hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the St. Louis City Hall on Wedn

30 minutes ago // BBC

world Cheaper drugs 'may have saved 19m'

Millions of pounds could be saved in Northern Ireland's health budget if more GPs prescribed cheaper drugs, a public spending watchdog has said.

31 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes Dies From Head Injury

Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died on Thursday from severe head injuries after being struck by a ball two days earlier, a team doctor confirmed.

34 minutes ago // Reuters

world Malaysia to retain and prop up Sedition Act, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR Reuters - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday bolstered a law protecting the sanctity of Islam and the country's traditional rulers, the sultans, in an about-turn to scrap a law banning criticism of the government.

36 minutes ago // NPR

world In Ferguson And Across The Country, Protests Are More Subdued

Only about 30 demonstrators were out Wednesday night in Ferguson, NPR's Elise Hu reports, and there were only a handful of sizable protests across the country.

37 minutes ago // ABC

world Yemenis Say American Moved Days Before Special Ops Mission to Free Hostages

A team of U.S. special operations forces rescued eight hostages being held in a cave by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in a remote part of northern Yemen.

45 minutes ago // Reuters

world Puerto Rico threatened with transit shutdown in political spat

Puerto Rico's public transit system will shut down on Monday if lawmakers do not increase a tax on oil, the U.S. commonwealth's Government Development Bank said, accusing politicians of taking an "irresponsible" gamble on the island's economy.

46 minutes ago // Al Jazeera

world Venezuela prisoners die of 'drug poisoning'

Officials ascribe deaths of at least 17 jail inmates on hunger strike in Lara state to prescription-drugs ingestion.

47 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Boys' basketball: Westchester advances to Redondo tournament semifinals

Terrell Waiters made a steal and scored with just over one second left, then completed the three-point play to give Westchester a 45-42 victory over Calabasas on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game of the Redondo tournament.

51 minutes ago // Reuters

world Thai election pushed back to 2016: deputy PM

BANGKOK Reuters - A Thai general election planned for next year will be delayed until 2016, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, pushing back the promised return to democracy.

59 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world L.A. protesters and police in spotlight as arrests mount

As hundreds of protesters confronted officers outside the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters, police supervisors kept watch not just on the demonstration but on how their troops were reacting.

1 hour ago // BBC

world 'No new grand jury' in Ferguson case

Missouri's governor reportedly rejects calls for a new grand jury to decide if a white police officer who killed a black teenager should be charged.

1 hour ago // ABC

world In Peru, Whip-Cracking Vigilantes Serve up Justice

In Peruvian provincial capital, police failures fuel whip-cracking citizens' justice patrols

1 hour ago // VOA

world Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

Italian-style espresso coffee has devotees around the world, with a growing number of people abandoning a regular cup of coffee for the thicker brew. Now, Italian coffee machine makers are working to create a device that will be able to produce espresso in weightless conditions on the International Space Station. Many people cannot imagine life without coffee, and for most Italians, coffee means espresso, a thick brew prepared in a special coffee machine. So, when Italian astronaut Samantha

1 hour ago // ABC

world Private Firms Filling Latin America's Security Gap

With little faith in Latin American police, private firms rise to protect those who can pay

1 hour ago // VOA

world Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

Italian-style espresso coffee has devotees around the world, with a growing number of people abandoning a regular cup of coffee for the thicker brew. Now, Italian coffee machine makers are working to create a device that will be able to produce espresso in weightless conditions on the International Space Station. Zlatica Hoke reports.

1 hour ago // ABC

world China Hit by Second Deadly Mine Blast in 2 Days

At least 11 killed in second deadly coal mine explosion to hit China in 2 days

1 hour ago // BBC

world Australia batsman Phil Hughes dies

Australia Test batsman Phil Hughes dies in hospital, two days after being hit on the head by a ball during a match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

1 hour ago // CBS

world Thanksgiving store hours spark Black Friday backlash

Black Friday sales start as early as 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and that has some consumers and retail workers outraged

1 hour ago // Al Jazeera

world Australian cricketer dies from head injuries

Phillip Hughes had undergone emergency surgery after being hit on the head by a ball during a domestic game.

1 hour ago // The Telegraph

world Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies after being hit by ball

Batsman never regained consciousness after bouncer struck him on the back of head, missing his helmet

1 hour ago // VOA

world US 'Horrified' at Syrian Government Bombing Raids

The United States says it is "horrified" at reports the Syrian government killed dozens of civilians during airstrikes on the Islamic State group's main city of Raqqa. A monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said at least 95 people were killed, including at least 52 civilians, in the Tuesday attacks on an industrial area and popular market. In a statement Thursday, the State Department condemned what it said are Damascus' "ongoing human rights abuses and violations of in

1 hour ago // ABC

world Killing of Guatemalan Hunter Likely to Go Unsolved

Killing of young iguana hunter underscores lack of accountability for private security forces

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Twitter starts tracking which other apps are on its users' phones

Twitter wants to know which apps are on its users' mobile devices, so this week, its own app began to collect that information automatically.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Spurs win as Gregg Popovich misses game for medical procedure

Manu Ginobili had 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs won without coach Gregg Popovich, rallying for a 106-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

1 hour ago // ABC

world AP PHOTOS: Private Security Guards VIPs in Mexico

AP PHOTOS: In Mexico, private security guards who protect rich and famous are part of life

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Prosecutors decline to charge man allegedly beaten by LAPD

Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to pursue a case against a man who was allegedly beaten by police while beingheld down byofficers last month.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Kim sister given senior N Korea role

The younger sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un is referred to as a senior official for the first time by state media.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Report: Colombia's Land Restitution Effort Lagging

Colombia's land restitution effort undermined by violence, poor coordination, report says

1 hour ago // Fox News

world 11 killed in second deadly coal mine explosion in as many days in China

At least 11 people have been killed in the second deadly coal mine blast to hit China in two days.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Los Angeles can expect a sunny and warm Thanksgiving

People who endured the busiest travel day of the year Wednesday will be rewarded with good weather until at least Sunday night in the Los Angeles area, although there may be showers in San Francisco starting Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

1 hour ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Phil Hughes dies aged 25

BBC Sport looks back at the career of Australia batsman Phil Hughes, who has died aged 25 after being hit on the head by a short-pitched ball during a match.