Top News Stories For Today – Nov 24, 2017
Myanmar Bangladesh deal on Rohingya
Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday to allow an unspecified number of Rohingya Muslims, who fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, to return home.
More than 620,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when an army crackdown started in response to attacks on a police post by Rohingya insurgents. Bangladesh said the first repatriations would start in two months. The news came a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as ” ethnic cleansing.” The Associated Press, The Hill, The Week
Attack on mosque killed at least 120 in Egypt
Suspected militants launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai province’s Bir al-Abedkilling town near al-Arish during Friday prayers, killing 85 people, the state news agency says. Local police said men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers, AP reported.
Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the region, which has intensified since 2013. Some 80 people were also wounded in the attack, health officials said. The attackers are not known yet. CNN
Zimbabwe’s new president sworn in
Zimbabwe has a new president. Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the country’s new leader following Robert Mugabe’s resignation this week after nearly four decades of rule. Mnangagwa was vice president under Mugabe, and has vowed to serve as the interim president until elections are held next year.
Mnangagwa called Mugabe the “father of our nation,” while also acknowledging the former president had made “errors of commission and omission.” Mnangagwa said he is committed to compensating farmers who lost their land under Mugabe’s rule. Mugabe critics say the country’s controversial land reform program, which forced most experienced white commercial farmers off their land, has caused hunger in the nation once considered the breadbasket of southern Africa. VOA
Black Friday kicks off
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally has started the holiday shopping season in the United States. It refers to the day when retailers hope to turn a profit — go from “being in the red,” or being in debt, to being “in the black,” or making money.
Many stores opened in the early hours of Friday morning to lure shoppers with big bargains. Some stores even opened on Thanksgiving Day to get a head start on the season. Black Friday is usually the busiest shopping day of the year in the US An estimated 115 million Americans shoppers are expected to participate this year’s Black Friday. VOA, The Week
Flynn’s lawyers stop talking with Trump’s
Former national security adviser, Michael Flynn’s lawyer have ended an agreement to share information with Trump’s lawyers about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling. Trump’s lawyers reportedly believe the move could mean Flynn is cooperating with Mueller’s team.
Lawyers sometimes pull out of such information-sharing agreements when their clients start negotiating deals with prosecutors. Flynn had ties with Moscow before he joined Trump’s campaign, and the White House has been preparing for his possible indictment since Mueller’s team filed charges in October against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, campaign aide Rick Gates, and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. The New York Times
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