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Ferguson plot: Two men indicted on weapons charges allegedly planned to bomb Gateway Arch and kill prosecutor

Protesters stand in front of the Gateway Arch - a famous tourist destination and monument known as 'the gateway to the west' - as they demonstrate in downtown St Louis.

Christine Byers and Robert Patrick 4:03 AM   St Louis: Two men indicted last week on federal weapons charges allegedly had plans to bomb the Gateway Arch - and to kill St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch..

Oil prices plummet after OPEC meeting 

Frustrated: Venezuela's Energy Minister, Rafael Ramirez, reportedly stormed out of the meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Crude prices plunged on Thursday after the powerful Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it wouldn't cut production levels to stem the collapse in oil prices that have fallen more than 30 per cent since June.

Ex-UK minister loses Plebgate libel case

Disappointed: Former cabinet minister and Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell talks to the media  outside the High Court in London after he lost his libel action over the "Plebgate" affair.

A former minister in Prime Minister David Cameron's government lost a libel case on Thursday over a newspaper article which said he had insultingly referred to police as "plebs".

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Without passing a single law, Obama crafts bold environmental plan

US President Barack Obama has made environmental issues one of the priorities of his second term.

Coral Davenport 8:07 AM   President Barack Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any previous occupant of the White House. Yet it is very likely that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.

US, British data show 2014 could be hottest year on record

Warming is particularly global this year.

7:41 AM   This year may eclipse 2010 as the hottest since records began in the 19th century, a sign long-term global warming is being stoked by rising greenhouse gas emissions, scientists said.

Stuart Little helps find lost Hungarian avant-garde artwork

Chance find: Hungarian art historian Gergely Barki poses next to a plush figure of "Stuart Little'' in front of the painting by Hungarian artist Robert Bereny <i>Sleeping Lady with Black Vase</i>.

7:25 AM   An art historian's sighting of long-lost avant-garde painting in the Hollywood film, Stuart Little, has led to its return to Hungary.

The mystery of Kim Jong-un’s missing aunt

Happier times ... Kim Kyong Hui, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, claps at third from right, front row, at a Workers' Party representatives meeting in Pyongyang in 2010.

Ishaan Tharoor 6:57 AM   Early this year, the world was appalled by a particularly garish headline from the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's young despot Kim Jong-un had his traitorous uncle fed to a pack of wild dogs. That report, as WorldViews reported, was likely not true.

Israel claims it foiled a Hamas plan to attack Jerusalem's soccer stadium and light railway

Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem is said to be the target of the attack.

4:52 AM   Hamas responds: 'It is clear Israel wanted to create a new story to divert the world's attention away from the escalation in Jerusalem.'

Hiker photographed bear before it killed him

Mauled: The photo from New Jersey hiker Darsh Patel's phone shows the bear approaching.

11:16 PM   A New Jersey hiker killed by a bear in September took a series of photos of the animal with his mobile phone before it mauled him to death.

Parents say officer 'wanted to kill someone'

Speaking out: The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown snr.

Raf Sanchez 10:39 PM   In Ferguson, slain teen Michael Brown's parents have called the officer's account of the incident ``crazy''.

UK strikes deal to grant Scotland more powers

Supporters from the "Yes" Campaign wave Scottish  flags in central Glasgow on the night of the September referendum.

Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn 10:24 PM   Britain's main political parties struck what they said was a historic deal to grant Scotland tax-raising powers and greater autonomy to try to satisfy disappointed separatists who lost an independence vote two months ago.

Five killed as suicide bomber hits British embassy vehicle in Kabul

A damaged vehicle is taken away from the site of the attack in Kabul.

Jessica Donati and Hamid Shalizi 8:20 PM   A suicide bomber struck a British embassy vehicle in Afghanistan's capital on Thursday, killing at least five people including a British citizen and wounding many bystanders, officials said.

Venezuela to charge opposition leader over alleged plot to kill Maduro

Accused: Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado.

Brian Ellsworth 1:45 PM   Venezuelan opposition leader Maria Corina Machado will be charged with involvement in an alleged plot to kill President Nicolas Maduro.

Black residents guard white-owned store in Ferguson

Out of operation: The remains of a business set on fire after the announcement of the grand jury verdict.

Emily Flitter 1:45 PM   Since riots and looting first erupted, nearly all the businesses in a 5-square-kilometre area of Ferguson have had to board up. This petrol station is the sole exception.

Egypt jails 78 teenage boys for taking part in protests

Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Mursi.

1:14 PM   Since the army ousted president Mohammed Mursi, the government has launched a bloody crackdown against his supporters.

One step closer to an Ebola vaccine, researchers say

12:39 PM   Researchers say they are one step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a trial showing promising results.

Lights out by 10pm: Life in a terror training camp

Brothers Mohommod Nawaz and Hamza Nawaz were convicted  after returning from a Syrian training camp.

Tom Whitehead 11:51 AM   A rare insight into life in a terrorist training camp has been made public after two brothers became the first Britons to be jailed for offences related to the war in Syria.

Man caught after fatal Auckland stabbing

A police manhunt was under way after a fatal stabbing.

9:26 AM   A man has been captured after a police hunt following a fatal stabbing.

Police manhunt under way after fatal stabbing attack in Auckland

A police manhunt was under way after a fatal stabbing.

9:23 AM   Several schools in Auckland are in lockdown and a manhunt is underway after a fatal stabbing.

Hong Kong police officers arrested over beating of protester

Violence filmed: Civic Party member Ken Tsang being taken away before being beaten by police in October.

Michael Forsythe   Seven Hong Kong police officers accused of beating a pro-democracy protester last month have been arrested.

Google pushed to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule worldwide

Google dominates internet searches in Europe.

Julia Fioretti   European privacy regulators want internet search engines such as Google and Bing! to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.

Passengers push frozen Siberian plane

Passengers pitched in when their plane needed a helping hand.

Siberia air passengers have had to get out and push their plane in temperatures of minus 52 degrees after its chassis froze, Russian prosecutors say.

Eviction threat for Australians who put life savings into Thai dream homes

Melbourne retiree Daryl Davies outside the Chom Tawan residential development on Phuket's west coast. He and other buyers face eviction.

Lindsay Murdoch   Australian families buying homes in Phuket have discovered that all may not be as it seems with their properties.

Eurpean Union calls for 5000 doctors to fight Ebola: source

An ambulance transporting a potential Ebola virus carrier arrives at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid on November 21.

The European Commission called on Wednesday for 5000 doctors to be sent from European Union states to combat west Africa's Ebola epidemic, a European source with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday.