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2 hours ago

Ray Rice can play football again—if he can find a team to sign him.

  The NFL star, suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced showing him punching out his then-fiancée (now wife) at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, won his appeal and is eligible to play again, according to his lawyer. Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens in September.
5 hours ago

The pope makes his first visit to a predominantly Muslim nation.

  Speaking from the presidential palace in Ankara, Pope Francis praised Turkey for accepting 1.6 million refugees from Syrian territories overrun by the ISIS, and said other countries have a “moral obligation” to help the Turkish government assist them.  
3 hours ago

A gunman sets fire to the Mexican consulate in Austin, Texas.

  The blaze was extinguished and the 50-year-old gunman died, though not before firing more than 100 rounds at the consulate, a nearby federal courthouse, and Austin’s police headquarters, among other downtown buildings. No one else was hurt in the early morning incident. Investigators have not yet determined a motive.
4 hours ago

Target’s Thanksgiving Day online sales rise 40% from last year.

  It was the US retailer’s biggest online sales day ever, with growth in mobile traffic particularly pronounced. Business also was brisk at the chain’s brick-and-mortar locations; in the first hour the stores were open yesterday, they sold 1,800 television sets and 2,000 video games per minute.
5 hours ago

There is a 15-minute test for Ebola now.

  It was developed by scientists in Senegal and will be used in trials over the next few weeks at an Ebola treatment center in Guinea. Aside from being speedy, the new test is portable and, unlike the traditional diagnosis method, does not require a cold environment.
5 hours ago

The president of HSBC Argentina denies having a Swiss account with the bank.

  But Argentina’s tax agency said he did, and that it was just one of thousands of undeclared Swiss accounts that helped HSBC’s Argentine customers evade taxes. The agency filed its accusations with an Argentine court; the bank said it has complied with regulations and rejected relationships with would-be tax evaders.
4 hours ago
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For the world’s highly skilled workers, the US isn’t the lure it once was.

7 hours ago

British retailers embrace Black Friday—and the predictable chaos ensued.

  The lure of cheap TVs is strong on both sides of the pond. In the UK, Reuters reports, police arrested three at Tesco stores and helped control crowds of shoppers in Cardiff, Glasgow, London, and Manchester. Nearly two-thirds of British merchants planned to offer promotions the day after America’s Thanksgiving.  
November 28, 2014

A Nigerian bomb attack kills at least 40.

  No group has taken responsibility for targeting a village bus station near the city of Mubi, but the area has been regularly singled out by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. The Nigerian army and the militants have been battling for control of the area for several weeks.
November 28, 2014

A cold shower for Club Med.

  The upmarket French vacation group, currently the target of a bidding war between Chinese and Italian suitors, posted a loss of €9 million ($11.2 million) for the second consecutive year, despite a rise in the number of holidaymakers at its all-inclusive resorts.

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