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Gunmen killed at least 235 people on Friday when they detonated explosives and shot at worshipers at a mosque in Egypt. More than 100 people have been injured. The attack took place in Bir al-Abd, a town in the northern Sinai Peninsula. According to local media outlets, the mosque is attended by many Sufi Muslims, who are considered heretics by radical groups such as ISIS. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. This story is developing. NBC

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A South African court has ordered Oscar Pistorius to spend over 13 years in jail for murdering his girlfriend, more than doubling the previous sentence handed down to the former sprinter. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of an appeal by prosecutors who argued that the six-year prison sentence handed to Pistorius was too lenient. The judges said the former Paralympian should spend 15 years in jail – the minimum prescribed sentence for murder. Thus, they handed Pistorius a sentence of 13 years and five months, to take into account the time he has already served. Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp multiple times in 2013 through a bathroom door in his apartment, and later claimed that he mistook her for an intruder. – TIME

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Actor Uma Thurman has shared the #metoo hashtag on Instagram, indicating that she might have been the victim of sexual harassment. In her post, Thurman expressed gratitude that allegations of sexual assault against producer Harvey Weinstein, with whom she has made seven films, have become public knowledge. Referring to comments she made to Access Hollywood earlier this month, Thurman said: "I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn’t tell by the look on my face." The post continued: "I feel it’s important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so … Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators – I’m glad it’s going slowly – you don’t deserve a bullet)." – GUARDIAN

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Former Zimbabwean vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been named interim president until elections take place next year. His appointment follows the resignation on Tuesday of Robert Mugabe, who had ruled the country for 37 years. Mnangagwa, who served as Mugabe’s right hand man for decades, is expected to run for president. Mugabe’s decision to fire Mnangagwa, 75, in early November, triggered a political crisis that led the army to send troops to the streets in an apparent coup. Mugabe was put under house arrest and the ruling party withdrew its support for the 93-year-old, forcing him to step down. – CNN

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North Korea has replaced approximately 40 border guards for failing to stop a soldier from fleeing to South Korea last week. The soldier is in stable condition after receiving treatment for several gunshots and some pre-existing conditions such as hepatitis B, tuberculosis and intestinal worms. He was shot at five times by his fellow guards. His defection has not been reported in North Korean state-controlled media. Meanwhile, on Thursday North Korean men were seen digging a trench and planting trees in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, which suggests that the country might be fortifying the border. – REUTERS

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Rwanda might take up to 10,000 African refugees who have settled in Israel. Rwandan foreign affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo told local media that Rwanda is negotiating the terms of the relocation with Israel, adding that the countries still have to decide how many people will take part. "If they are comfortable to come here, we would be willing to accommodate them. How it's done and their livelihoods, once they are here, are details that have not been concluded yet," she said. News of the talks come shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government would seek to remove 40,000 asylum seekers from the country. According to the U.N., most of the refugees are from Sudan and Eritrea. Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the Netanyahu government has offered to pay Rwanda up to $5,000 for each refugee it agrees to take in. – ALJAZEERA

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The U.S. Navy has called off a search for three sailors who went missing when their plane crashed off the Japanese coast on Wednesday. Eight sailors were rescued after a C2-A Greyhound cargo plane crashed while flying from a Navy base in Japan to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, but three went missing. The U.S. and Japan deployed helicopters and ships in a search operation that covered an area of 1,000 square nautical miles. The Ronald Reagan is taking part in a military exercise between the U.S. and Japanese navies. – USATODAY

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Amazon workers in Germany and Italy are striking today to demand higher wages. The Ver.di labor union in Germany, which is demanding higher pay for about 12,000 Amazon employees in the country, said that approximately 2,500 workers joined the walkout on Friday. TechCrunch said that the strike affected six major distribution centers in Germany and noted that the country is Amazon’s second-biggest market after the U.S. Meanwhile, around 500 Amazon workers joined a similar strike in Italy. – AP

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Myanmar has agreed to let hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims back into the country. Around 600,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since the Myanmar army began a crackdown on the minority in August, ransacking villagers and attacking civilians in what the U.N. and the U.S have described as ethnic cleansing. According to the agreement, Myanmar will allow the refugees to return to the country within two months, the Bangladeshi government said in a statement. The U.N. refugee agency said it hoped the deal would "respect the right of refugees to return to Myanmar in a safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable way." Rohingya Muslims have long been persecuted in Myanmar and about 400,000 of them had already fled to Bangladesh before the latest army crackdown began in August. – BBC

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