New York's Thanksgiving parade expected to draw huge crowd despite security jitters

NEW YORK Record crowds were expected to swarm Manhattan sidewalks and rooftops on Thursday to glimpse the marching bands, floats and massive balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held under tight security two weeks after the attacks in Paris.

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Barclays fined for lax crime checks in 'deal of century'

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Israeli forces kill two Palestinian assailants; Netanyahu strategy debated

JERUSALEM Military commanders and the Netanyahu government sparred over the right strategy to end two months of stabbings, shootings and car-based attacks on Thursday as Israeli troops killed two Palestinians involved in violence in the occupied West Bank.

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Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees

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Pope offers lesson in humility to flashy African leaders

NAIROBI In actions and words on his first tour of the world's poorest continent, Pope Francis has sent a message to African leaders that they could do with less pomp and a bit more humility.

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Miss World Canada prevented from reaching China pageant

HONG KONG Canada's China-born Miss World contestant was stopped in Hong Kong on Thursday and denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China, a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country.

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Belgian police mount raid south of Brussels: media

BRUSSELS Belgian federal police mounted a raid on Thursday in a small town south of Brussels linked to fears of a militant attack, public broadcaster RTBF said, adding that officers were looking for weapons and explosives.