Quartz Daily Brief—Europe and Africa edition—Pope in Africa, Tunisia bombing, Victorian Spotify

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What to watch for today

The Pope tours Africa. Pope Francis visits Kenya before making stops in Uganda and the Central African Republic on his first trip to the continent. In Kenya, he’ll visit with government officials, inter-religious leaders, and students.

The UN weighs in on climate change. The World Meteorological Organization, an arm of the UN, is expected to announce that this was the warmest year ever recorded. The announcement will be at 10am local time in Geneva (9am GMT).

Deere and Co. reports its earnings. The agricultural equipment producer is expected to post lower sales than last year by almost $2 billion, as the industry closes in on its worst sales year since 2009.

More hints on the US economy. The Commerce Department is expected to report that personal income and spending rose in October from the month before. A bump could bolster the Federal Reserve’s case for hiking interest rates in December.

Brazil announces a rate decision. The country’s central bank may decide to keep interest rates at 14.25% for a third consecutive month, in attempt to lure investors back (paywall) into the Brazilian market.

While you were sleeping

Tunisia declared a state of emergency. At least 12 people were killed in an apparent suicide bomb attack on a bus carrying presidential guards in the capital Tunis. The government had only recently lifted the state of emergency imposed after attacks this summer in the resort town of Sousse.

Barack Obama and François Hollande pledged to take down ISIL. The US and French presidents said they would escalate air strikes in Syria and better share intelligence. The leaders also welcomed Russia’s involvement, provided it discontinues support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Protests erupted in Chicago over a police shooting. Protestors took to the streets after police released a video of a white officer shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager. The officer, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Canada slowed its refugee intake. The immigration department said only 10,000 people would be resettled this year, down from a pledge to house 25,000 earlier; the remaining 15,000 will be resettled before March. Canada also said admittance of single men will be curbed.

Tiffany’s earnings lacked luster. The jewelry company reported $938 million in third-quarter revenue, short of the $971 million analysts expected. Tiffany’s blamed the strong dollar for the dip.

Chinese consumer sentiment rebounded. The Westpac MNI indicator reached 113.1 in November (paywall), up from 109.7 in October but still not as high as September’s reading. Consumer spending has remained strong despite a volatile year for China’s stock market.

Quartz obsession interlude

Ian Kar on Apple Pay’s impending debut in China. “The concept of paying with your phone is foreign for most Americans, who are still used to plastic cards. But in China mobile payments are quickly gaining acceptance among the shopping public. During the second quarter of 2015, some 22.86 million mobile transactions were conducted in China.” Read more here.

Quartz markets haiku

Sometimes the markets
Don’t react to major news
Defrost the Turkey

Matters of debate

Thanksgiving is a refugee’s narrative. A reminder: Pilgrims fled religious persecution.

Yoga is not an example of cultural appropriation. Indians have been exporting the practice for hundreds of years.

Trumpism has set the tone for the US Republican party for years. Even if Donald Trump never wins the nomination, he will have changed the party for good.

Surprising discoveries

Mars will get its own Saturn-like ring. It will take a mere 20 million years.

Italy is fighting terrorism with culture. Disenfranchised youths will be offered €500 ($532) to spend on museums and galleries (paywall).

You can get a hipster funeral now. It can include a biodegradable willow casket, juniper branches, and chanting.

The Victorians had their own Spotify. The teleharmonium involved two musicians playing continuously to transmit music to your phone.

Someone is knitting tiny sweaters for rescue chickens. Battery hens struggle with keeping warm once they are set free.

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