Black Friday fizzles

PITTSBURGH/CHICAGO - Crowds were thin at U.S. stores as shoppers responded to early holiday discounts with caution.

Suicide bomber hits Shi'ite procession in Nigeria's Kano state 12:14pm EST

KANO A male suicide bomber hit a procession of Shi'ite Muslims in Nigeria's Kano state as they walked to the city of Zaria to pay homage to their founder in the country, security sources and a Shi'ite leader said.

A Syrian refugee carries his son through a rainstorm as he arrives at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni November 27, 2015. Picture taken from the Greek side of the border. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

High stakes ahead of migrant summit

BRUSSELS/ANKARA - European and Turkish officials are working to smooth out their differences on an agreement to help stem flows of migrants to Europe, which they hope will be signed on Sunday by EU leaders and Turkey's prime minister.  Full Article 

A woman installs blue, white and red candles, the colors of the French flag, during a tribute to the victims of Paris attacks, at the Place de la Republique in Paris, France, November 27, 2015 as the French President called on all French citizens to hang the tricolor national flag from their windows on Friday to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks during a national day of homage. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

'We will defeat this enemy. Together.'

PARIS - France paid tribute to the 130 people killed in Paris two weeks ago by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in the most deadly attacks the nation has seen since World War Two.  Full Article 

Moscow city skyline is seen against an autumnal sunset, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

Russia comes in from the cold

LONDON - Those who braved Russian markets this year are already in line to scoop dollar-based returns of 15-20 percent on equities and bonds, among the best in the world.  Full Article 

People line up as they wait for the arrival of basic goods outside a grocery store, in Sabaneta, in the state of Barinas, November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Marco Bello

'Party of Chavez' struggles before election

Venezuela's ruling socialist party is losing support ahead of the December election and discontent is rising even in Chavez's home state, as shortages of basic goods continue to plague the country.  Video | Related Story 

China: when an only child dies

Fan Guohui comforts his wife Zheng Qing as they show their son's resting place to reporters on their visit to the graveyard in Zhangjiakou, China, November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Zhangjiakou, CHINA - For many Chinese parents who lost the only child their government once allowed them to have, the recent change in China's "one-child policy" is a bitter pill.  Wider Image 

Welsh town goes "offshore" in tax protest

A small town in South Wales is registering its independent businesses as offshore companies to demonstrate how flawed they believe the British and international tax systems are - with a surprising amount of success. Joel Flynn went to Crickhowell to find out how.

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