France, Italy see need to stop Islamic State in Libya
World powers need to step up efforts to stop Islamic State gaining ground in Libya while keeping up the fight against the militant group in Syria and Iraq, France and Italy said on Thursday. French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who met in Paris, expressed concern that instability in the North African country was providing fertile soil for IS to flourish, with Renzi warning that Libya risked becoming "the next emergency". France is pushing for a grand coalition of world powers to destroy the militant group following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and Hollande, after meeting Renzi, spoke of the need for a Libyan government of national unity to end anarchy.
Miss World Canada stopped in HK from reaching China pageant 'over rights comments'
Canada's China-born Miss World contestant was stopped in Hong Kong on Thursday and denied permission to board a flight to the beauty pageant finals in China, a move she said was punishment for speaking out against human rights abuses in the country. Anastasia Lin, a Toronto actress crowned Miss World Canada in May, was unable to obtain a visa in advance of her arrival for the contest finals this week in Sanya, on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan. While she cleared customs in Hong Kong, she was not allowed to board her next flight to Sanya, according to a friend, Caylan Ford, who released a statement from Lin.
Russian PM Medvedev orders retaliatory economic measures against TurkeyMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Russian government to draw up measures that would include freezing some joint investment projects with Turkey, in retaliation for the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey. He also told a meeting of cabinet ministers on Thursday that the measures would include restrictions on food imports from Turkey. (Reporting By Darya Korsunskaya, writing by Jason Bush; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)
Morocco arrests three suspected Islamic State militantsMoroccan police have arrested three people suspected of belonging to a militant cell with ties to the Islamic State group, the interior ministry said on Thursday. The cell, the latest in a series of Islamist militant groups the authorities say they have uncovered, and the second to be dismantled after the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, had been active in the central cities of Fez and Casablanca and the southern town of Oula Taima, a ministry statement said. Hundreds of fighters from Morocco and other Maghreb nations, such as Tunisia, have joined Islamist militant forces in the conflict in Iraq and Syria, and also in Libya.
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New York's Thanksgiving parade expected to draw huge crowd despite security jitters
By Kylie Gumpert NEW YORK (Reuters) - Record crowds were expected to swarm Manhattan sidewalks and rooftops on Thursday to glimpse the marching bands, floats and massive balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held under tight security two weeks after the attacks in Paris. New York officials said about 3.5 million spectators would turn out for the city's signature parade, in its 89th year, and they urged residents and visitors to carry on with holiday plans, saying there were no credible threats to the city. This is a way to push back on events around the world that are meant to intimidate," Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a press conference on Wednesday in Manhattan near where giant balloons of Snoopy and Hello Kitty were being readied for the event.
Chinese gloat over Obama's turkey named Abe _ not Ah-bay
Turkey's Erdogan says talk of project cancellations in Russia row are 'emotional'Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday dismissed as "emotional" and "unfitting of politicians" suggestions that projects with Russia could be canceled in the wake of Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane near the Syrian border. Erdogan said the Russian jet was shot down on Tuesday in an "automatic reaction" in line with standing instructions given to the military. Turkey's military rules of engagement were a separate issue to disagreements with Russia over Syria policy, he said, and said that Ankara would continue to support moderate rebels in Syria and Turkmen fighters battling President Bashar al-Assad.
Outspoken Miss World Canada denied entry to China
BEIJING (AP) ? Miss World Canada was barred from entering China on Thursday to take part in this year's pageant in the southern island province of Hainan, a friend of the outspoken Chinese-Canadian contestant said.
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