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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Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees

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Miss World Canada stopped in HK from reaching China pageant 'over rights comments'

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Pope in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God's name

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Dutch court rules that migrants' right to food, shelter not unconditional

AMSTERDAM A Dutch high court on Thursday upheld a government policy of withholding food and shelter to rejected asylum-seekers who refuse to be repatriated, giving legal backing to one of Europe's toughest immigration policies.

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China's Xi says to shake up military structure in reform push

BEIJING China will shake up its military by establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020 and rejig existing military regions as part of overall reforms, President Xi Jinping said in a comments reported on Thursday.

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