JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Newly released emails, sent to and from Missouri's top public-safety officials, show that the state police captain placed in charge of security in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death was both vilified and praised for attempting to replace authorities' militarized approach with one more sympathetic to protesters.
Several senior All Blacks publicly backed Samoa's players on Thursday over a dispute with the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) and its chairman, the island nation's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. A group of 10 New Zealand players, including superstars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams, tweeted a picture of themselves holding a sign saying #SamoaUnited, which Williams tweeted with the message "Supporting our Samoan brothers". Thousands have tweeted their support, including ex-Wallaby Matt Giteau and All Black legend Tana Umaga.
Japan's trade deficit narrowed sharply in October, data showed Thursday, as a weaker yen boosted exports while lower oil prices brought down the country's massive energy bill. Japanese exports jumped nearly 10 percent last month, as higher shipments of cars, ships and steel helped the trade balance, while imports ticked up 2.7 percent. The value of shipments to China rose 7.2 percent, while exports to North America climbed 8.5 percent and those to the European Union were up 5.4 percent. Energy costs have weighed heavily on Japan as the resource-poor country struggles to plug its energy gap after the 2011 Fukushima crisis forced the shutdown of nuclear reactors that once supplied more than a quarter of its power.
The US network NBC pulled the plug on a new Bill Cosby sitcom following a similar move by Netflix, piling pressure on the veteran comic over growing sex assault claims. Dickinson said it happened after a dinner they shared in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, where she said she had gone to talk about a job offer from Cosby.
The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton Thursday defended its plan to split the company by spinning off non-core assets, saying it would generate stronger growth, with a vote on the demerger set for May. BHP announced in August a proposal to create a new independent company by demerging some assets, including aluminium, manganese, silver and selected coal and nickel operations. BHP chairman Jac Nasser said key customer China and other emerging economies would continue to underpin demand for BHP's resources, with the demerger the best way to cut costs and boost productivity in a more challenging future. For BHP Billiton, we can reduce costs and improve the productivity of our largest businesses more quickly," said Nasser.
The Library of Congress feted Billy Joel, presenting the American pop music icon with its Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a gala concert in the US capital. Created in 2007, the Gershwin Prize honors artists "who have created a lifetime of remarkable works that can be recognized and added to America's national cultural patrimony," said Library of Congress chief James Billington.
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will return to peace negotiations with Marxist FARC rebels once the liberations of five hostages, including a kidnapped army general, are complete, the president's office said in a statement on Wednesday. The agreement to free the captives was announced in Havana by representatives from Cuba and Norway, who are guarantors of the talks. (Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb)