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Pope visits Kenyan slum, lashes out at nation's elite

Pope Francis waded into the heart of a Kenyan shantytown, spreading a message of love and lashing out at the elite in a neighborhood that feels largely disenfranchised.

Francis' visit to Kangemi mirrors his message of service to the poor during his…


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Protesters to disrupt Chicago on Black Friday

Chicago will continue its steady boil on Friday when protesters will march on its luxury corridor during a major shopping holiday and press their outrage over an officer's killing of teenager Laquan McDonald.

Threatening to dent Michigan Avenue's…


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4 reasons Russia, Turkey can't afford a trade war

A war of words has erupted after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the downing of the jet a "stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices." His Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused…


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Rock band supports bullied girl's dreams

It's another example of how one person's story can make a big impact.

Nanae Munemasa, 17, spoke to CNN in September about the rising teen suicide rates in her home country of Japan.

She shared her story of being bullied since elementary school, which…


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When the 'mourning moon' rises, let things go

A full moon in November, the last before the winter solstice, has different names and traditions, but they all carry a meaning that signals a time for a change.

Depending on the culture or heritage, the full moon in November has been called "snow…


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Are cars in cities a thing of the past?

Last month, Oslo became the first major city to announce ambitions to go car-free by 2019, pledging a comprehensive and permanent ban in the Norwegian capital -- but it's not the only urban hub trying to reduce their reliance on vehicles.

And the…


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'Shoot us or help us': Migrants sew lips shut

"Shoot us or help us."

Hundreds of migrants stuck in no man's land at the Greek-Macedonian border stand next to these heartbreaking words scrawled on a piece of cardboard.

On Turkey's border with Syria, a man fleeing unbearable violence in his…


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Toys 'R' Us shoppers throng for flagship's final Black Friday

Crowds of shoppers packed into the Toys 'R' Us in Times Square for one last Black Friday, as the flagship store prepares to close its doors.

"It is certainly bittersweet," said CEO Dave Brandon, in an interview with CNNMoney.

Toys 'R' Us has been in…


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Chinese journalist Gao Yu freed over illness

Prominent Chinese journalist Gao Yu has been released on medical parole and will serve the rest of her sentence outside prison because of failing health, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported Thursday.

Earlier, a Chinese court upheld a guilty…



Casey Kasem's children file wrongful death suit

Three children of radio host Casey Kasem filed a wrongful death suit against his widow, accusing her of elder abuse and emotional neglect.

"Casey's early death occurred as a direct and proximate result of Jean's neglect and physical abuse of Casey,"…


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Bears stun Packers 17-13 at Lambeau

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers honored Brett Favre on Thursday, but Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears' defense ruined the celebration.

Cutler, who was 1-11 against the Packers as Chicago's quarterback, led the Bears to a big upset o...


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Black Friday shopping is underway

Black Friday shopping, which has become a holiday tradition for customers to get the best deals and for retailers to move products, can go smoothly or it can be pretty brutal.


Ugandans want pope to toughen stance on gays

Some Ugandans are criticizing Pope Francis' efforts to reach out to homosexual Catholics. The pope will arrive in Uganda on Friday.


Black Friday gets blowback in Europe

Black Friday is not just an American event any more. It's spreading to Europe as well. But some in Britain believe the shopping bonanza may not be a good idea.

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