Two national guardsmen assist police during the arrest of a protester in Ferguson

Tensions high in Ferguson despite guard presence

12.40 Around 2,000 National Guard troops helped quell further violent riots in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Japanese whalers on board the Nisshin Maru clean a minke whale in the Southern Ocean off Antartica in 2000

Opposition to Japanese whaling 'eco-imperialism'

11.28 Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science, Japan's top whaling official said this morning.

A ripped picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa last year

63 killed in air strikes in Syria

07.14 At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa last night according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria.

Around 900,000 people die of tobacco-related illnesses in India each year

India to raise smoking age to 25

10.30 Health campaigners have welcomed India's plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarettes, hailing them as a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year.

The babies were born on the same day but sent home with the wrong parents

'Swapped' SA children should not be exchanged

09.14 Two South African children accidentally swapped on the day they were born should stay with the families who raised them and not be returned to their biological parents, a court-appointed expert said.

The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol

France delays sending warship to Russia

25 Nov French President Francois Hollande has delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the crisis in Ukraine.