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Google Celebrates Chinua Achebe’s Legacy with Doodle

In commemoration of his 87th birthday, U.S. technology firm and the world’s largest Internet search engine, Google, Thursday honoured Nigerian author, the late Chinua Achebe, with a Doodle. A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people. The first Google Doodle was in honour of the Burning Man Festival of 1998, and was designed by ... Read More »

Trump: Why I turned down Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

President Trump said Friday that he turned down being named Time’s “Person of the Year” after the magazine only told him he “probably” would be selected. In a tweet posted Friday afternoon, Trump wrote that he was called by the magazine to inform him that he would be named “Person of the Year” in 2017, but that he declined. “Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to ... Read More »

Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 235 dead in Sinai Peninsula

At least 235 people were killed when gunmen opened fire and bombed a mosque in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on Friday. Government officials said 109 more had been injured in the attack — among the deadliest in Egypt’s history. Images from inside the building showed dozens of bodies wrapped in blood-soaked cloth lined up on the carpeted floor. Police sources told the Associated Press that men in four off-road vehicles ... Read More »

Oxford Circus Station in London Reopens After Panicked Evacuation

A report of gunfire led to the panicked evacuation of one of London’s most crowded subway stations on Friday afternoon, but the scare proved to be short-lived, a testament perhaps to nerves frayed by a year in which London has been targeted by several terrorist attacks. The station was reopened within 90 minutes, as the police reported that they had “not located any trace of suspects, evidence of shots fired ... Read More »

Cordray resigns from U.S. consumer agency, triggers political showdown

Richard Cordray, the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, formally resigned on Friday and named a deputy director as his replacement, setting the stage for a political and legal battle over the regulator’s leadership. Democrat lawmakers are eager to preserve the regulator for as long as possible while Republicans want to put in place new leadership to chart a drastically different course. The six-year-old bureau has policed consumer ... Read More »

Trump pushes border wall, travel ban after Egyptian mosque attack

President Trump on Friday revived his calls for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and a travel ban targeting certain countries after an attack on a mosque in Egypt left at least 235 people dead. In a tweet announcing an upcoming phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Trump lamented the terrorist attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the northern Sinai Peninsula, and said that the U.S. would have ... Read More »

Emmerson Mnangagwa: Will he be different from Mugabe?

“This is the beginning of a new unfolding democracy in our country,” Emmerson Mnangagwa told his supporters at his first public address since returning to Zimbabwe. But is it? For five decades, Mr Mnangagwa was former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s protégé, comrade, and right-hand man. He was at his side during the fight against white minority rule, and during the post-liberation government. He is also said to have been behind ... Read More »

Protest, false gunfire reports close Alabama mall early ahead of Black Friday

An Alabama mall was forced to close early Thursday night after a fight broke out and someone apparently setting off fireworks touched off a panic, reports CBS affiliate WIAT. Shoppers seeking to get a jump start on Black Friday deals at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover had their trips cut short as a result of the two incidents, the station reports. Hoover police officer Brian Hale told WIAT police responded ... Read More »

Black Friday Drama: Amazon workers go on strike in Italy and Germany

Over 500 employees are carrying out their first ever strike at Amazon’s warehouse in Piacenza near Milan over pay. Piazcenza is Amazon’s main Italian hub, employing 4,000 people. Amazon said: “The vast majority of our employees in Italy and Germany came to work and remained focused on delivering the best customer experience.” It added: “We are proud of our record of job creation and are confident we will deliver for ... Read More »

Fund for helpful homeless man raises more than $275,000

A fund set up to raise money for a homeless man who helped a woman when her car ran out of gas in Philadelphia has collected more than $275,000. The GoFundMe campaign was started by Bordentown, New Jersey, resident Kate McClure this month after she was stuck along Interstate 95 and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. bought her some gas with his last $20. McClure says she didn’t have money to pay ... Read More »

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