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Obama Thanksgiving message on refugees: world 'full of pilgrims' WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama Thursday delivered a Thanksgiving message in which he compared modern refugees to the pilgrims whom the holiday celebrates, urging Americans to open their arms to the potential immigrants."Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims -- men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families," Obama said in his weekly address, referring to the boat on which the pilgrims arrived in the New World.Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the group after fleeing religious persecution in England. For many Americans, it has become a family-oriented day marked with an enormous meal of roast turkey, an assortment of side dishes and a slice or two of pie."I've been touched by the generosity of the Americans who've written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes ...

Obama on Thanksgiving urges generosity to Syrian refugees WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in his Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution."Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims - men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families," Obama said in his address.Obama's plan to ...
Hurricane Sandra strengthens off Mexico's Pacific coast MEXICO CITY: Hurricane Sandra on Wednesday strengthened to a Category 3 storm, becoming the strongest ever recorded in the eastern Pacific for this late in the year, as it heads toward the Mexican coast, the US National Hurricane Center said. Sandra was about 555 miles (893 km) southwest of the Pacific port of Manzanillo on Wednesday afternoon, the NHC said. The hurricane is expected to weaken to a tropical storm as it reaches the Baja ...
US new home sales rebound strongly in October WASHINGTON: New US single-family home sales surged in October and the inventory of properties for sale was the highest since early 2010, which could allay concerns of a significant slowdown in housing. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday sales increased 10.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 495,000 units. September's sales pace was revised down to 447,000 units from the previously reported 468,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales, ...
US jobless claims fall more than expected WASHINGTON: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, drifting back to near 42-year lows as labor market conditions continue to tighten. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 260,000 for the week ended Nov. 21, the Labor Department said on Wednesday. The prior week's claims were revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported. Claims have now held below the 300,000 ...
Obama 'deeply disturbed' by Chicago police shooting CHICAGO: President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was "deeply disturbed" by video of a white Chicago policeman shooting dead a black teenager, in the latest such incident to roil the United States.Graphic footage released shortly after officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday has reignited impassioned debate about the use of force by law enforcement in the US, with Chicago left dangerously on edge.Protesters there have likened the Laquan McDonald killing ...
Facts take a back seat in White House race WASHINGTON: It is campaign season, and facts are taking it on the chin.Republican Donald Trump's claim that Arab Americans cheered during the September 11, 2001 attacks is just the latest in a string of falsehoods from US presidential candidates.Trump is not alone among the candidates in distorting the truth, according to fact-checkers.Carly Fiorina falsely claimed the United States was preparing to accept 250,000 Syrian refugees; Marco Rubio said that welders earn more than philosophers; and ...


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