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For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate with food, family, and friends. Since 1970, the fourth day of every November has been commemorated with a march and rally by Native Americans in Plymouth, Massachusetts, who do not celebrate the “first” Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and the Indians, but instead remember the Native Americans who have lost their lives and culture since colonisation.
CNN’s Jim Acosta is reporting at the White House again after a judge ruled that the Trump administration overstepped the law in revoking his access. You are a rude, terrible person,” Trump told Acosta. Lawyers for the administration argued, “The President and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews.
NASA's next car-sized rover will plummet through the thin Martian atmosphere and softly land on the floor of a dried-up lakebed, the space agency announced Monday. When the robot arrives on Mars about 8 months after its launch in 2020, NASA will endeavor to land the six-wheeled rover in the Jezero Crater, a 30 mile-wide bowl about 1,640 feet deep. It's believed to have once held an 800-foot deep lake some 3.5 billion years ago. The space agency hopes to accomplish a number of things during the at least two-year mission. But the first science directive is to "determine whether life ever arose on Mars." Indeed, today Mars is extremely unlikely to harbor any life — on the surface, at least. It's a heavily irradiated, dry, frigid desert, with no liquid water. "But it wasn't always that way," Ken Farley, the Mars 2020 project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a press call. Ancient water canals leading out of the Jezero Crater.Image: NASA Mars Reconnaissance OrbiterNASA scientists suspect Mars was once a blue world, like Earth. And as bodies of water on Earth are teeming with life, NASA wants to scour the Jezero lakebed for signs that past microbial life could have survived there, or perhaps clear signs of long-dead life itself. "All things point to the idea that we should be looking to ancient Mars for a surface-habitable environment, said Farley. "Lakes on Earth are both habitable and inevitably inhabited." The Jezero landing site also allows NASA scientists to rove over a dried-up river delta where water once flowed out of the lake. This environment likely held nutrient-rich clay minerals that could have been an ideal place for Martian microbes to flourish, as they do in moist clays on Earth. SEE ALSO: The secretive lab that built ‘the bomb’ now scours Mars for signs of life The 2020 rover comes equipped with of slew of scientific instruments, making it a bonafide mobile laboratory. It carries a ground-penetrating radar, an experimental machine that produces oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide, and tools to store five tubes filled with Martian rocks and soil — to be carried back to Earth by another future mission one day. “Getting samples from this lake-delta system will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said during the call. An artist's conception of the 2020 rover.Image: nasaOne of the most significant tools for sleuthing out past evidence of Martian life — if not the most critical — is the SuperCam, a high-tech camera perched atop the 2020 rover. Once the rover lands, NASA scientists know there will be countless places of interest to visit, so the SuperCam will fire lasers to detect the make-up of rocks and chemicals from 25 feet away. Then, the rover will slowly rumble over to most promising places — places that could have once sustained hardy, microscopic life. Such ancient evidence will be difficult to find — should it exist at all. “It [Mars] may not yield its secrets easily,” Roger Wiens, a planetary scientist who heads the team that built the SuperCam, said this summer. While exploring the Martian surface with the new rover — should it successfully land — NASA also hopes to collect information that will support human visitation to Mars — a longer-term goal for the 2030s. While NASA wants to return astronauts to the moon in the coming decade, the next logical step is Mars. "Mars is really the obvious place after the moon," said Zurbuchen. And the 2020 rover is expected to pave the way there. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn faces being fired this week after being arrested in Japan over allegations of financial misconduct, the firm said Monday, in a stunning fall from grace for one of the world's best-known businessmen. Ghosn's arrest and his likely dismissal from Nissan, as well as possibly from Mitsubishi and Renault, sent shockwaves through the auto industry, where he is a towering figure, credited with turning around several major manufacturers. Nissan's board will meet Thursday to decide his fate, and Mitsubishi said it would propose he be dismissed as chairman "promptly." Renault said its board would meet "shortly", after Ghosn was detained over allegations including underreporting his income.
Although the Islamic State group has been defeated militarily in Iraq, members of the militia group still find areas to hide. Some parts of the Sunni population give them shelter. They also find cover in the mountains around Hawija. From their hiding places, they set up attacks: Suddenly popping up at improvised checkpoints in the winding roads that lead through the hills, they arrest or kill those passing, or take hostages and blackmail the government for possible prisoner exchanges. They also place IEDs and send suicide attackers into cities in the region.
Iraqi federal police have outposts in the region, but their patrols only operate during the day. At night, they retreat to their bases, when the caliphate of terror becomes a guerrilla terror group.
The Islamic State group’s favorite targets are members of the Shia militia al-Hashd al-Shaabi. Also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, are Shia-dominated militia was created in 2014 following a fatwa issued by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric. Victory over the Islamic State group in Iraq would be inconceivable without al-Hashd al-Shaabi, which filled the gap left by the Iraqi Army. But they are also an Iran-supported force operating in a traditional Sunni area in Iraq. And members of the Shia-dominated militia have been accused of massacring Iraqi Sunnis.
Today, al-Hashd al-Shaabi is fighting sleeper cells and defending against Islamic State group attacks. Unlike the Iraqi federal police in the region, they can react quickly because they don’t have to follow a strict chain of command.
Based in Berlin, freelance photojournalist Sebastian Backhaus covers humanitarian crises and wars throughout the Middle East. These photographs were taken while Backhaus was embedded with the al-Hashd al-Shaabi during their search for hidden Islamic State group members.
Many Democrats pointed out the hypocrisy of the GOP embracing budget deficits after purporting to decry them for so many years under President Barack Obama. Others warned that driving up the deficit was all part of a calculated plan to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. How are the Republicans trying to carry out that plan?
“The OPEC community has understood the difficulties we face –- Libya has withheld more than any other country from the global market,” National Oil Corp. Chairman Mustafa Sanalla wrote in a phone message. OPEC and its allies are considering cutting oil output in 2019 as the group is increasingly concerned about the potential for oversupply. Libya, along with Nigeria, has been exempt from cuts since January 2017 due to domestic conflict.
“Drinking the Kool-Aid” is a phrase bandied about regularly in corporate life, especially when someone wants to take a dig at people with a cult-like belief in a business philosophy or those fanatically chasing an idea that will end badly. November 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the mass murder-suicide of more than 900 people, most of them Americans who were members of a California-based cult called the Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ, run by the reverend Jim Jones. It became known as the Jonestown massacre.
In an interview with news website Axios being broadcast Sunday on HBO television, Cook said he expected the US Congress would take up the matter. "Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook said in an excerpt released by Axios. Cook has previously been a proponent of self-regulation, especially as concerns user data protection.
Southeast Asia's internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online. The latest report released on Monday adds new sectors such as online food delivery, as well as subscription music and video on demand. It estimated that the gross merchandise value (GMV) of the region's internet economy has reached $72 billion in 2018, rising 37 percent from the year earlier.
More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, it is still unclear how, on what terms or even if it will leave as planned on March 29, 2019. "These next seven days are going to be critical, they are about the future of this country," May told Sky News. "I am not going to be distracted from the important job." "A change of leadership at this point isn't going to make the negotiations any easier ... what it will do is mean that there is a risk that actually we delay the negotiations and that is a risk that Brexit gets delayed or frustrated." To trigger a confidence vote, 48 of her Conservative lawmakers must submit a letter to the chairman of the party's so-called 1922 committee, Graham Brady.
Rick Scott, Florida's outgoing governor, was declared the winner on Sunday of his hard-fought U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson following a hand recount of ballots, giving Republicans control of both of the state's Senate seats for the first time since the 19th century. In the recount of the Nov. 6 election, Scott won by 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million cast statewide, Florida elections officials said. Scott took 50.05 percent, compared to 49.93 percent for Nelson, they added.
The launch of an Apple store on the Champs Elysees in Paris was greeted Sunday by a protest against the US multinational's controversial fiscal practices. The group had staged a sit-in at Apple's flagship Paris store in December 2017, and in February a French court declined to approve a ban on such actions following a request by the US computer giant. "We have come to celebrate in our own way the inauguration of Apple's Champs Elysees store, to remind people that Apple is one of the biggest tax evaders in the world," Attac spokeswoman Aurelie Trouve told AFP at the protest, which featured a brass band.
Joe Biden just welcomed a majorly cute addition to his family — a German shepherd named Major. On Saturday, the former Vice President and his wife Jill officially adopted Major the rescue dog, who they've been fostering, from the Delaware Humane Association in Wilmington, Delaware. SEE ALSO: Barack Obama and Joe Biden got lunch together, because some bromances never die “We are so happy to welcome Major to the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding forever homes for Major and countless other animals," the Bidens said in a statement that the shelter shared to Facebook. According to the Delaware Humane Association, Major was one of six puppies brought to the shelter "after being exposed to something toxic in their home." Their original owner was unable to afford proper veterinary care, so they began looking for loving homes. After sharing the pup's stories on social media, Biden reportedly reached out to show interest, and that's how he fell in love with Major. The DHA shared several photos of the former VP making the adoption official on Facebook, including one of Biden showing Major a picture of himself as a puppy. ?????? DHA also shared a photo and video of the two leaving the shelter. From the looks of it, Major seems right at home with Biden and has quite the support team back at the shelter. Here's hoping he'll get to play with Bo and Sunny Obama soon. WATCH: Presidents in short-shorts: A jog down memory lane
Donald Trump has said that there is “no reason” for him to listen to an audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Mr Trump confirmed the US has the recording, which was provided by Turkey. When asked why, Mr Trump called the recording a “suffering tape” and said he knows “everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it”.
Far-right marchers, including members of the fascist group The Proud Boys, were left stranded after cab drivers refused their custom following a sparsely attended rally in Philadelphia. Tess Owen, a reporter for Vice News, posted multiple videos from the march on Twitter, showing various drivers leaving the rally at the urging of left wing counter-protesters.
Here is a summary of key developments since Robert Mugabe was ousted as president of Zimbabwe a year ago after 37 years in charge of the southern African country. Military generals had seized power days earlier after he fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, amid concern Mugabe was positioning his wife Grace to succeed him. Mnangagwa returns to Zimbabwe from South Africa the following day, having fled after his dismissal two weeks earlier.
Trump, on a trip to California, said the killing "should never have happened." The report on Tuesday will explain who the U.S. government believes killed Khashoggi and what the overall impact of his murder is, Trump said. Trump also said the CIA finding that bin Salman was responsible for the killing was "possible." Trump made the remarks hours after the State Department said the government was still working on determining responsibility for the death of Khashoggi, a U.S.-based Washington Post columnist. "Recent reports indicating that the U.S. government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.