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November 26, 2015

David Cameron pushes his case for bombing Syria.

  The British prime minister will argue that the UK must attack ISIL abroad “to stop terrorism here in Britain.” Cameron’s proposal can be read beforehand here (pdf); live coverage can be found here.  
November 26, 2015

South Korea fines Volkswagen over its emissions scandal.

  The government issued a 14.1-billion won ($12-million) penalty (paywall) and ordered the German auto maker to recall 125,000 diesel cars, including some made under the Audi brand. The environment ministry said it will continue investigating other models.  
November 26, 2015

Adele sets a new record for first-week album sales.

  The British singer sold at least 2.8 million copies of her album, 25, in the first five days of its release, according to Nielsen Music. Adele, who did not put the album on streaming services, sold 1.5 million digital copies.  
November 26, 2015

Donald Trump mocks a disabled reporter.

  The US Republican presidential candidate lampooned New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis, at a North Carolina rally. He was discussing Kovaleski’s 2001 Washington Post article that refuted that Muslim Americans celebrated 9/11.  
November 26, 2015
Chart of the Moment

The world’s best performing airline is one that was about to shut down a year ago.

November 26, 2015

A painting survived 500 years because it was turned over.

  The portrait of the betrayal of Christ was otherwise destined for destruction in the Reformation.  
November 26, 2015

A man stole brains from a former insane asylum and put them on eBay.

  Yup. This really happened.  

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