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Firing range reports gun sales hike after Ferguson

Handguns are displayed at the Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, Missouri, some 20 miles west of Ferguson, on November 26, 2014Racially-charged protests in Ferguson are fueling an exponential increase in gun sales among mainly white customers at one of the premier shooting ranges in the country a 20-minute drive away. "We've seen a tremendous run on hand guns, specifically, because people have an element of fear with what's going on in Ferguson," said owner and active duty police officer Paul Bastean. Rage has simmered in the mainly black suburb of Ferguson after a white police officer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August. Uproar over Michael Brown's death and a St Louis grand jury's decision Monday not to indict officer Darren Wilson have inflamed racial tensions.



Venezuela to keep seeking 'fair' oil price despite OPEC reverse

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will maintain contact with non-OPEC countries to seek a "fair" global oil price, Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez said on Thursday, despite OPEC's refusal to cut output as the cash-strapped South American country had aggressively pushed for. Saudi Arabia blocked calls from poorer members of the OPEC oil exporter group for production cuts to arrest a slide in global prices, sending benchmark crude plunging to a fresh four-year low. ...
Rosneft's Sechin says oil could fall below $60/barrel next year: paper

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's most powerful oil official Igor Sechin said that oil prices could fall below $60 by mid-way through next year, speaking the same day OPEC met in Vienna and left its output targets unchanged.
5 investigated in FIFA WCup bid corruption probe

A photo of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and head of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub, is seen at the FPA headquarters, at the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. An alleged search of the Palestinian Football Association headquarters in the West Bank by the Israeli military was denounced Tuesday by the head of Asia's soccer federation. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)GENEVA (AP) — Five officials, including three long-serving FIFA executive committee members, are being investigated in the corruption probe into the bidding contests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.



OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

Secretary General of OPEC Abdalla Salem El-Badri of Libya speaks to journalists prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Expectations that the group would not cut output to support the market saw the global price of oil slump another US dollar 1.89 on Thursday to US dollar 75.86 a barrel, extending its losses since June, when it was as high as US dollar 115. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA (AP) — Reflecting its lessening oil clout, OPEC decided Thursday to keep its output target on hold and sit out falling crude prices that will likely spiral even lower as a result.





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