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20 WORLD FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Protests grip angry nation FERGUSON: Protesters have tried to storm city hall in St Louis, Missouri, after two days of nationwide protests against the decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot an unarmed black teenager. Extra police were drafted to protect the building on Wednesday as anger flared. But despite simmering fury over officer Darren Wilsons August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, there were signs the situation was stabilising as night fell on Ferguson. Volunteer clean-up crews were sweeping the streets of the St Louis suburb where crowds had torched businesses and looted stores. Beyond Ferguson, authorities were on the watch for more of the protests that sprang up across the US on Tuesday. Thousands of protesters joined demonstrations in dozens of cities. On Wednesday, the movement even reached London where crowds chanted: Hands up, dont shoot. In Ferguson, where the National Guard presence was tri pled to 2200 on Tuesday, residents on the eve of Thanksgiving hoped the looting and arson would stop. Karen Gold, who owns a shop furniture near the city hall, painted festive scenes on her boarded-up shop front. Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I hope we can pull together as a community, Ms Gold, said. I really want to move on from this. Mr Browns mother Lesley McSpadden told CBS News the family hoped protests would remain peaceful. We continue to ask for calm, Ms McSpadden said. Mr Browns parents, however, had harsher words for Mr Wilson, who shot their son and then said on Tuesday he had a clean conscience about the fatal incident. Michael Brown Sr said Mr Wilsons version of the events sounded crazy. The grand jury found Mr Wilson had shot Mr Brown in self-defence after an altercation. A total of 12 shots were fired during the confrontation. US civil rights leaders have called for further protests to be held on Saturday. Ferguson residents hope for an end to looting, arsonBy JENNIE MATTHEW Killer bear snapped NEW JERSEY: A US student who was killed by a bear while hiking in New Jersey snapped photos of the 160kg beast before it mauled him to death and even gouged the phone the victim used to take his last pics. The New York Post reports Darsh Patel was walking with four friends through the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford in September when the black bear attacked. The 22-year-old student became the first person to be killed by a bear in New Jersey. Gang attack girl dies LUCKNOW: A 15-year-old girl has died in northern India one week after a gang of men set her on fire as punishment for resisting their attempts to molest her, police say. The horrific incident is the latest in India where sex attacks on women continue to occur almost daily despite an international outcry over the fatal gang-rape of a student in 2012. Police have arrested four men over the latest attack. Ebola toll on rise GENEVA: The World Health Organisation says the global death toll from the ebola virus has increased to 5689 out of a total of 15,935 cases of infection, mainly in western Africa. The WHO believes the number of deaths is likely far higher, given the difficulty in collecting comprehensive figures and with ebola having a high fatality rate. The outbreak continues to affect Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the most. Passengers pitch in to get frozen flight off ground By MICHAEL MORROW and Wires IGARKA: In other countries, you may be asked to give a push to a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers in the Arctic came out of an airliner to the bitter cold to help it move to the runway. A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven crew members onboard was due to fly from Igarka on Tuesday to Krasnoyarsk 1300km to the south when the plane couldnt move to the runway. It was -52C outside and the passengers seemed desperate to get home. The plane belonged to a regional division of the major Russia airline UTair, which said ice on the runway surface caused the planes pushback tractor to begin slipping. Eager to help, several dozen men were seen in an amateur video pushing the plane by leaning on both wings. However, the video also showed a tow bar attached to the front landing-gear, suggesting the tractor was doing much of the work. Russian authorities, werent amused by the incident, and prosecutors launched an investigation into a possible breach of safety regulations. It would be funny if it didnt pose a horrendous threat. People could have damaged the aircraft skin and the flaps, said Oksana Gorbunova, an aide to the regional transport prosecutor. Ms Gorbunova said the passengers were asked to leave the plane when it got stuck. 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