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Pope hails Uganda's 'outstanding' treatment of refugees
Pope Francis is greeted a young girl and Uganda President Yoweri Museveni upon his arrival in Entebbe, on November 27, 2015Pope Francis on Friday hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation. "Here in East Africa, Uganda has shown outstanding concern for welcoming refugees, enabling them to rebuild their lives in security and with a sense of dignity," he said, shortly after flying in to the central town of Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria, on the second leg of three-nation Africa tour. Figures published by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) show Uganda hosts over half a million people, most of whom have fled conflict and violence in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

Britons head online in hunt for Black Friday bargains
Workers collect customer orders during Black Friday deals week at an Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel HempsteadBy James Davey and Li-mei Hoang LONDON (Reuters) - Britons splashed out on "Black Friday" bargains on Friday but many opted to go online rather than head to the shops for an event imported from the United States that has become a key feature of the UK retail calendar. Researcher Conlumino is forecasting the event will generate UK sales, both in stores and online, of 1.6 billion pounds, up 20 percent on 2014. "There’s been plenty of anecdotal evidence around...to suggest that Black Friday, in terms of store-based retail, has been something of a damp squib in the UK this year," said Bryan Roberts of researcher Kantar Retail.

Russia-Turkey war of words escalates over downed warplane
A poster reads "Putin, killer!" at a demonstration against Russia on November 27, 2015, in Fatih district in IstanbulMoscow slapped sanctions on Ankara on Friday as the war of words over a downed Russian warplane escalated, with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan warning Russia not to "play with fire". Russia announced it was halting a visa-free regime for Turkish visitors, after threatening a raft of retaliatory economic measures to punish the NATO member state. Tuesday's incident has sent recriminations flying between two rival players in the Syrian war just as countries such as France are pushing for a broader coalition to try to defeat the Islamic State group.

Netherlands to appeal EU demand for Starbucks back taxes
Starbucks recently agreed to move its European headquarters from Amsterdam to LondonThe Dutch government said Friday it will appeal an EU ruling that Starbucks must pay up to 30 million euros ($34 million) in back taxes after being awarded an illegal tax break. "The government is of the opinion that the Commission does not convincingly demonstrate that the tax authority deviated from the statutory provisions," he wrote in a letter to MPs Friday. The Dutch government was seeking "certainty" and therefore it "appeals the Commission decision in the Starbucks case," he added.

Reporter mocked by Trump says the 2 knew each other well
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump said he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability because he doesn't know the man. Not so, says the reporter.

Harry Potter author takes to Twitter to talk about Snape
LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter readers have long wanted to know: Why did the boy wizard choose to honor Severus Snape — a teacher who had been so mean to him?

EU turns to Turkey to help manage its migration woes
Volunteers help refugees approaching the coast of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos onboard two dinghies after crossing the Aegean from a the Turkey's coast, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Several European countries, including EU members Slovenia and Croatia and non-members Serbia and Macedonia, have declared they will only allow "war-zone refugees" from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to transit through their countries on their way to central and northern Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)BRUSSELS (AP) — Five years ago, Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi warned that millions of Africans wanted to come to the European Union and offered to make the continent's immigration problem disappear in exchange for billions of euros.

Two Palestinians ram cars into Israeli troops, shot dead
Israeli security forces stand at the site where a Palestinian rammed his car into Israelis soldiers standing by a bus station near the Jewish settlement of Kfar Adumim in the occupied West Bank, on November 27, 2015Two Palestinians rammed their cars into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring seven, before being killed, raising this week's death toll from Palestinian-Israeli violence to 11. In the first attack, a Palestinian drove into two soldiers at a bus station near Kfar Adumim settlement, northeast of Jerusalem, and was shot dead, police said. Police identified him as Fadi Hassib, from Ramallah, whose brother was shot dead on Sunday after ramming his car into Israelis before charging at them with a knife.

The Latest: Chicago retailers ready for shooting protests
Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells at a Chicago police officer "Shoot me 16 times" as he and others march through Chicago's Loop Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, one day after murder charges were brought against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

The Latest: Belgium extends detention of suspect's driver
Britain's Andy Murray, left, with team captain Leon Smith, second left, look out towards the media as the British team for the Davis Cup gathers on stage for the draw for the Davis Cup Final tennis match between Belgium and Britain, in Ghent, Belgium, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. The final starts Friday and runs till Sunday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)PARIS (AP) — The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local:

The Latest: Austria reports drop in refugees coming from in
An Iranian migrant and his son sit in no man's land demanding to be allowed to pass the Greek-Macedonian border, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Macedonia toughened rules for crossings earlier this month, in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, restricting access to citizens from countries typically granted asylum in Europe, including Syria and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

Burundi: Presidential adviser survives attack by gunmen
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Police and witnesses say an adviser to Burundi's president has survived an assassination attempt by gunmen who fired at his vehicle in the capital.

Queen Elizabeth II opens Commonwealth meeting in Malta
Britain Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech in front of the heads of government at the opening of the CHOGM (Commonwealth heads of Government meeting) in Valletta, Malta, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. The summit is expected to deal with climate change, the threat of extremist violence and other issues. AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence.

Even in Chavez's hometown, Venezuela 'revolution' ails before election
A man walks past a campaign office of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) with a billboard with pictures of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in SabanetaBy Alexandra Ulmer SABANETA, Venezuela (Reuters) - In 2010, late socialist leader Hugo Chavez knelt down in the backyard of his childhood home in Venezuela's lush plains to plant an orange tree named 'revolution' as red-shirted supporters cheered and cameras flashed. During a song-and-dance commemoration of Chavez's birthday last year, his successor Nicolas Maduro sowed another orange tree in the same garden. "They have some sort of infestation," tour guide Ana Hidalgo said in the sun-doused yard behind Chavez's former house, whose walls are now laden with photos, quotes, and even his old hammock.

Russia vows to follows recommendations on doping
FILE - A Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 photo from files showing Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko speaking at his meeting with the media in Moscow. According to an account of the meeting posted by the ministry, Mutko said Russia would "follow all recommendations from WADA aimed at the necessary transformations in the activities and structure of RUSADA." (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it will follow any recommendations from the World Anti-Doping Agency to clean up its own troubled drug-testing body.

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