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Thanksgiving 2015: When and what is Turkey Day in the US?

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Roast dinner, American football and giant balloons – what is Thanksgiving Day really all about? When is Thanksgiving Day 2015? On the fourth Thursday in November. This year the day falls on November 26th. Thanksgiving Day traditionally kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the United States. The day was set …

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Aloha to the US: Is Hawai’i an occupied nation?

Hawai'i's King Kamehameha I with snow-capped Mauna Kea in the distance /AP

An upcoming election has highlighted the deep disagreement between native Hawaiians over what the future should look like. For some, it’s formal recognition of their community and a changed relationship within the US. Others want to leave the US entirely – or more accurately, want the US to leave Hawai’i. …

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Charlotte Brontë: A Life by Claire Harman, book review

Moral dilemmas: Charlotte Brontë portrait by George Richmond Rex Features

A revelatory biography shows Charlotte Brontë cramped by Victorian conformity Few writers have inspired as many biographies as Charlotte Brontë, beginning with Elizabeth Gaskell’s classic life, published in 1857, only two years after its subject’s death. What has come to be known as the Brontë story went on to imprint …

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Russian plane crashes in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board

The tail of the jet sits in a field.

Cairo (CNN)A Russian passenger plane crashed early Saturday in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard, officials said. Russian state media reported that many of the 217 passengers on Kogalymavia Flight 9268 were Russians returning from vacation. The passenger manifest included 17 children but Russian officials said there were …

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Japan, China and South Korea ‘restore’ fraught ties

The trilateral meeting is the first for three-and-a-half years /Getty Images

The leaders of Japan, China and South Korea say they have “completely restored” trade and security ties, at their first meeting in three years. They said in a statement they had agreed to resume regular trilateral meetings, not held since 2012. They also agreed more economic co-operation. The talks in …

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Obama urges Congress to get moving on spending bills

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President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to use the momentum of its sweeping two-year budget deal to get moving on spending bills that can give the economy a needed jolt and warned against getting distracted by partisan motivations. “This agreement is a reminder that Washington can still choose to …

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Clinton allies shout ‘sexism’ at Sanders


The once respectful Democratic primary has devolved into a slugfest about gender, with Hillary Clinton surrogates expressing outrage over how Bernie Sanders is conducting his campaign – even calling for him to fire his staff over alleged sexist remarks. The ugly dispute has knocked Sanders back on his heels, and …

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‘Can’t hide it forever’: The model who became a meme

The ad for plastic surgery featured Heidi Yeh with three children whose images were altered /Internet

A Taiwanese model who featured in an advert for plastic surgery is threatening to sue the clinic and advertising agency, after the ad became a popular internet meme. She told the BBC’s Cindy Sui in Taipei how she believes losing control of her own image ruined her life. “I’ve broken …

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Syria conflict: Powers backing rivals meet in Vienna


The first talks bringing together all foreign powers backing rival sides in Syria’s civil war have opened. The meeting in Vienna will seek to close the gap between the US and its allies, who support the rebels, and the key foreign allies of the Syrian government, Russia and Iran. It …

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