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Preparations for New York's annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
Preparations for New York's annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

SUICIDE BLAST HITS BRITISH EMBASSY IN KABUL
At least five people died and 30 were injured in a suicide attack on the British embassy in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, the BBC reports. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed one British citizen and mostly hit Afghan bystanders. The group’s spokesman said it had “targeted foreign invading forces.” The attack comes three days after three American soldiers were killed in a car explosion.

SNAPSHOT
Preparations for New York's annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade today were underway Wednesday in Central Park West, where a giant Spider-Man dwarfed a sports utility vehicle.

FERGUSON PROTESTS CALM
The streets of Ferguson, Missouri, have calmed, but in downtown Los Angeles, police arrested 130 people last night after they refused to disperse. Oakland, meanwhile, saw its third consecutive night of vandalism. According to The St. Louis Post, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon rejected calls to bring in a special prosecutor to present police officer Darren Wilson’s case to a new grand jury. The Los Angeles Times reports that some witnesses were so afraid of the police, neighbors and the Ku Klux Klan that they kept their testimonies to themselves until investigators knocked on their doors.

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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