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Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

Security was tight in New York City on Thursday for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after it was reported that ISIS may have called for supporters to launch attacks. No incidents were reported and the parade went smoothly.

Santa Claus proceeds down 6th Av, during the 90th Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.

Santa Claus waves at the end the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

People watch the 90th Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.

Revellers take part during the 90th Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.

The Sayat Nova Dance Company perform on Central Park West in front of the Pikachu balloon in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Clowns hand out balloons before the start of the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City.

Performers wave in front of the Skylanders Eruptor balloon on Central Park West in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

Black Friday Shoppers Hit the Streets Around the World

Fresh from their Thanksgiving festivities, millions of people around the world are flocking to stores today to take advantage of ‘Black Friday’ sales, on what has become the busiest shopping day of the year in America. In France, Black Friday has been imported from the United States. The day’s ‘special discount’ has imposed itself for some years and is a phenomenal success. Last year, the French spent nearly 170 million euros on Black Friday, which could amount to 204 million euros this year.

A shopper leaves from the Macy’s department store on November 25, 2016, in New York.

Shoppers carry their purchases on Oxford Street as stores offer discounted items in their ‘Black Friday’ sales on November 25, 2016 in London, England.

Retailers have found that more shoppers are making their purchases online, avoiding the annual queues and rushes for early store opening times.

The ‘Black Friday’ sign is displayed on a laptop screen on November 25, 2016 Paris, France.

A member of the group ‘Ecologists in Action’ lies amongst a pile of shopping bags during a street performance to protest against the allegedly overtly consumerist nature of Black Friday on November 25, 2016 in downtown Madrid, Spain.

Originating in the USA as a sales day following the Thanksgiving holiday, ‘Black Friday’ has become an increasingly popular shopping day in Spain, with consumers looking for bargains ahead of the traditional Christmas shopping period.

Syrian Conflict

The Syrian conflict continues into its 6th year as a humanitarian crisis of massive proportions. It’s estimated that more than half the population, nearly 11 million Syrians, have been displaced due to the conflict, and almost 4 million have become refugees. Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq have taken in the majority of refugees, more than 90% of all Syrian refugees in total. The conflict is ongoing, now a multi-sided war beginning as a civil war with Syria and exacerbated by foreign interventions The 2011 Arab Spring is said to be the primary cause of the war, severely escalating after the government of President Bashar al-Assad tried to curtail protests with military force.

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 24, 2016.

Arson Suspected As Wild Fires Rage Across Israel

Tens of thousands were told to evacuate immediately as fires raged throughout Israel for a third consecutive day. Israel’s security increasingly believes that several of the wildfires may have been politically motivated cases of arson, though most of the fires were caused by extreme wind gusts and drought. Russia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Croatia and Cyprus will send a total of 10 airplanes to Israel to help fight the spreading fires.

Israelis walk past a burned car on November 25, 2016 in Haifa, Israel.

India Train Accident Kills Scores

A passenger train derailed in northern India on November 20, killing at least 63 travelers most of whom were sleeping when the fatal accident occurred, police said. Rescue workers rushed to the scene near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state where the Patna-Indore express train derailed in the early hours of the morning.

Indian rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a train that derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district on November 20, 2016.

Obama Pardons His Last Thanksgiving Turkey

President Barack Obama offered a pardoned to Tater, his last National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon as President, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, USA on November 23, 2016.