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  • TERRORISM & SECURITY

Iraq has started closing camps housing tens of thousands of people, including many who fled their homes during the final battle against the Islamic State terror group, but aid organizations warn this could create a second wave of displacement with dire consequences.

Among those having to leave are 50-year-old Umm Ahmed and her two sons, who have lived at the Hammam al-Alil camp since 2017 when their house in Mosul was destroyed in an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition as it battled to retake the city from Islamic State.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

China plans to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the moon this week to bring back lunar rocks in the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from Earth’s natural satellite since the 1970s.

The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the ancient Chinese goddess of the moon, will seek to collect material that can help scientists understand more about the moon’s origins and formation. The mission will test China’s ability to remotely acquire samples from space, ahead of more complex missions.

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  • POLITICS

Abuse of power. Corruption at the very highest levels. Hypocrisy, cronyism, lack of morals—all pushing a deep desire for sweeping change in leadership. For many voters, this can sound like the political climate of 2016, when then-candidate Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington. For other voters, it smacks of the presidential campaign for 2020, where supporters of Joe Biden feel they are in a “battle for the soul of the nation.”

Yet this is not a description of today, rather of ancient Israel circa 1050 BC. At that time, the elderly priest Samuel made his sons judges over Israel. In I Samuel 8:3, it states that these men, Joel and Abiah, “turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.”

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  • AMERICAS

Every November in the United States, schoolchildren make pilgrim hats out of black construction paper and draw hand turkeys as part of a lesson about Thanksgiving.

They are taught that the pilgrims who sailed to America on the Mayflower fled religious persecution and that the first winter was hard. The local native population helped them survive, and they had held a banquet to celebrate the end of a bountiful harvest with their native friends.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

All 11 major systems of your body must function well for you to experience good health—and of these, your digestive system is significant. It is through this intricate system that nutrients from the foods you eat are transferred into your blood and to every cell throughout your body.

Think of each step in the digestive process as continually breaking down food to be used at the blood and cellular levels. Once vital nutrients are extracted, any remaining waste is eliminated.

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  • MIDDLE EAST

Reuters – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in an apparent message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, said on Sunday there should be no return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abandoned by President Donald Trump.

Mr. Biden, who takes office on January 20, has said he would rejoin the accord if Tehran first resumed strict compliance, and would work with allies “to strengthen and extend it, while more effectively pushing back against Iran’s other destabilizing activities.”

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  • AFRICA

People are going hungry in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region as roads are blocked, airports are closed and the federal government marched on its capital in a final push to win a two-week war. But residents are afraid to leave for fear of being killed, an internal assessment says.

Trucks laden with food, fuel and medical supplies have been stuck outside the region’s borders since the November 4 announcement by Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that a military offensive had begun in response to an attack by Tigray regional forces on a military base.

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  • EUROPE

German police used water cannons and pepper spray Wednesday to disperse people protesting coronavirus restrictions in Berlin’s government district, after crowds ignored calls to wear masks and keep their distance from one another in line with pandemic regulations.

As water sprayed from the cannons rained down on protesters outside the landmark Brandenburg Gate, police in riot gear moved through the crowd carrying away some participants. Some demonstrators threw fireworks, flares and other objects in response as police helicopters hovered overhead.

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  • GEOPOLITICS

President Donald Trump may withdraw nearly all U.S. troops from Somalia as part of a global pullback that includes reductions of forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The officials said nothing had been finalized and that no orders for Somalia have been received by the U.S. military. But there appeared to be a growing expectation that drawdown orders would be coming soon.

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  • MIDDLE EAST

The head of the UN atomic watchdog agency confirmed on Wednesday reports that Iran has begun operating centrifuges installed at an underground site, but said they had been moved from another facility so the country’s overall uranium-enriching capabilities have not increased.

Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Vienna that the 174 centrifuges had been moved into a new area of the Natanz nuclear site and had recently begun operating.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment areas. Staff members are desperately calling around to other medical centers in search of open beds. Fatigue and frustration are setting in among front-line workers.

Conditions inside the nation’s hospitals are deteriorating by the day as the coronavirus rages across the U.S. at an unrelenting pace and the confirmed death toll surpasses 250,000.

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  • ASIA

Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong began resigning Thursday to protest the expulsion of four other lawmakers, heightening a conflict with Beijing over the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s future.

Pro-democracy activists say China’s ruling Communist Party, which has tightened control in Hong Kong in response to demands for more democracy, is destroying the civil liberties and rights that were promised the territory when Britain returned it to China in 1997.

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  • ASIA

Armenia’s Health Minister Arsen Torosian said a new tally showed that 2,425 Armenian forces died in the recent conflict over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, about 1,000 more than previously reported. Azerbaijan has not revealed its number of military casualties.

A Russia-brokered cease-fire halted fighting that killed hundreds, possibly thousands, in six weeks, but it stipulated that Armenia turn over control of some areas its holds outside Nagorno-Karabakh’s borders to Azerbaijan and angered many Armenians.

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  • AMERICAS

Jenashly Matos may only be 9, but she has big dreams of one day becoming a doctor and helping people. The challenges she faces growing up today in a poor barrio in Venezuela’s capital amid a pandemic are also hefty.

The novel coronavirus has shut down schools in Venezuela and throughout Latin America. To keep from falling behind, she has started attending a neighborhood tutorial for a couple hours each morning to get help with assignments her teacher sends home.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The International Space Station was a cramped, humid, puny three rooms when the first crew moved in. Twenty years and 241 visitors later, the complex has a lookout tower, three toilets, six sleeping compartments and 12 rooms, depending on how you count.

November 2 marked two decades of a steady stream of people living there.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Public health experts say staying home is best to keep yourself and others safe from infection. But if you are thinking about flying for the holidays, you should know what to expect.

Flights are getting more crowded and more airlines plan to stop blocking seats to accommodate the growing number of people taking to the skies again.

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  • SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

SpaceX’s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring.

The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The linkup occurred 262 miles above Idaho.

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  • GEOPOLITICS

China will strike back against any moves that undermine its core interests, its foreign ministry said on Friday, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Taiwan “has not been a part of China.”

China calls Taiwan the most sensitive and important issue in its ties with the United States, and has been angered by the Trump administration’s stepped up support for the Chinese-claimed yet democratically ruled island, such as arms sales.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

A first of its kind assessment of coral reefs in U.S. waters is again sounding the alarm over the continued decline of these sensitive underwater ecosystems, which scientists deem essential to the health of the world’s oceans amid the environmental effects posed by human activity and weather patterns.

The report, released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Maryland, took stock of the health of coral reefs under U.S. jurisdiction, from Guam and Hawaii in the Pacific to Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Atlantic.

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