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28th of November 2014

Phil Hughes, 1988-2014: Australian cricket devastated, support for bowler Sean Abbott "The 25-year-old passed away after he was hit in the back-left side of the head while batting for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday."

Also: Hughes suffered extremely rare, freak injury to neck (Cricinfo)

The Independent

27th of November 2014

Tensions simmer after Ferguson decision in police shooting "A large stretch of West Florissant Avenue remained a crime scene Wednesday. Local police and guard troops kept the street closed, as bomb and arson units worked to determine the cause and origin of the fires."

Also: Indigenous Australia knows the cynicism exposed by Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson (Larissa Behrendt, The Guardian)

Wall Street Journal

26th of November 2014

Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress. "White rage doesn’t have to take to the streets and face rubber bullets to be heard. Instead, white rage carries an aura of respectability and has access to the courts, police, legislatures and governors."

Also: After a night of violence in Ferguson, Nixon moves to prevent more destruction (Washington Post)

And: The key documents from the grand jury's report (Guardian)

Washington Post

25th of November 2014

No indictment in Ferguson case "A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the United States."

Also: Poll finds racial divide over charges (CNN)

24th of November 2014

Tunisia's landmark presidential election rekindles fears "Outside the cosmopolitan coastal capital of Tunis, front-runner Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old politician who served under two autocratic regimes, is viewed with suspicion."

Wall Street Journal

21st of November 2014

Egyptian president suggests he may pardon al-Jazeera journalists "Human rights groups condemned the trial of the journalists as a sham, western governments have decried the verdict, and the UN questioned Egypt’s judicial independence."

The Guardian

20th of November 2014

Peter Costello defends Future Fund's investment in fossil fuels "Costello also used his appearance to expand on the subject of tax reform. He said governments were better placed to raise revenue at home than to nail down profit shifting."

The Guardian

19th of November 2014

Israel on edge after attackers kill five in synagogue "The assailants were killed at the scene in a gun battle with the police that wounded two officers, one of whom died of his injuries on Tuesday night."

New York Times

18th of November 2014

National guard called in to Ferguson "The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on Monday, [ahead of an announcement as to] whether a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges."

The Guardian (US edition)

17th of November 2014

Islamic State in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight ISIS "Syria’s National Defence Forces includes – like the newly formed anti-ISIS Dwekh Nawsha (Self-Sacrifice) group in the Iraqi village of Bakufa – Christians as well as Muslims. Do not have any illusions." (Robert Fisk)

The Independent