Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Meet the Woman Fighting to Save Her People from ISIS
Iraqi legislator Vian Dahkil is seen by many as the last and only hope for her people — the Yazidis. The 42-year-old regularly fields calls from women and girls captured by ISIS and begging for help, and works with Kurdish security forces and an underground network of activists to try and rescue them. Read more in NEWS.
2. Putin Asks France Where Russia Should Bomb
Russian President Vladimir Putin asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting ISIS militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France's foreign minister said Friday. The West has accused Moscow of targeting mostly Western-backed rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, who is a key Russian ally. Read more in NEWS.
3. France Mourns '130 Voiced Killed Forever'
The names of the victims of the terror attacks in Paris were read out during a memorial service in the French capital on Friday. President Francois Hollande spoke at the ceremony after asking French citizens to display the country's flag — two weeks to the day after the deadly attacks. Read more in NEWS.
4. Ice Storm Poses Black Friday Headache
A blast of cold air was threatening to whip up a Black Friday ice storm across the center of the country, forecasters said. It comes as an estimated 47 million Americans are expected to be on the roads this Thanksgiving weekend, according to the AAA, and many others would be heading to stores on Friday in search of Black Friday deals. Read more in NEWS.
5. Online Sales Surge Amid Black Friday Hoopla
Throngs of shoppers gave Thanksgiving thanks for sturdy shoes, hefty overcoats and warm tents as they lined up outside stores and journeyed to malls across America to make sure they got the best deals on annual Black Friday sales. But retailers and analysts noticed a trend as Thursday wore on: Fewer shoppers were standing in line, and more were sitting at their computers. Read more in BUSINESS.
6. Donald Trump Slammed for Mocking Reporter
Trump is under fire after he appeared to ridicule New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski — who has a congenital joint condition that limits movement in his arms — during a campaign rally in South Carolina on Tuesday. Trump on Thursday defended his behavior, claiming he was not familiar with Kovaleski's appearance and not aware of his condition. Read more in POLITICS.
7. Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees
The Republican presidential candidate will go to Jordan on Friday to visit Syrian refugees, campaign officials said Thursday. The trip comes as Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, has faced questions over his depth of foreign policy knowledge. Read more in POLITICS.
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