5 things to know about Pope Francis' visit to Thailand

BANGKOK -- Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. Some things to know about the visit and the history of the church in Thailand:
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U.K. leaders square-off in first debate of election campaign

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right with the Conservative party candidate for the Mansfield constituency canvasing during a General Election campaign trail stop in Mansfield, England, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.Britain goes to the polls on Dec.12.
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All-time 'Jeopardy!' champs to vie for share of US$1.5 million

LOS ANGELES - The three top money winners in “Jeopardy!” history will vie for a share of US$1.5 million next January.
ABC and the quiz show's producer said Monday that Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer will compete in prime-time episodes on the network.
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Vegan man claims Burger King cooked Impossible Whopper alongside meat

A man is suing Burger King because the meatless Impossible Whopper iscooked on the same grill as meat products, the lawsuit alleges.
The class action lawsuit, filed Monday in the Southern District of Florida, claimsthat although the burger chain advertises its vegan option as meat-free, it is contaminated by meat by-product because it's cooked on the same grill as meat products.
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Concerned groups assess Nova Scotia mill's plan to pump effluent into strait

PICTOU, N.S. -- Groups that have voiced concerns about a Nova Scotia pulp mill's plan to pump millions of litres of treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait are to issue a response to that plan today.
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Scuffles as protesters in Beirut block lawmakers' path

BEIRUT -- Scuffles broke out in central Beirut on Tuesday as thousands of anti-government protesters tried to prevent lawmakers from reaching Parliament, outraged that a session was planned even though the country is still without a Cabinet.
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Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria on Tuesday and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital.
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Mali says 24 soldiers killed in latest extremist attack

JOHANNESBURG -- Mali's military says 24 soldiers have died in the latest extremist attack as alarm grows about the vast Sahel region being used as a haven for fighters linked to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida.
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Airbus secures sale of 12 A320neos with Europe's easyJet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Airbus says British budget carrier easyJet will buy 12 more A320neos it previously had options to purchase, pushing the airline's total order for the single-aisle plane to 159.
The airline operates mostly across Europe with a fleet of entirely Airbus aircraft, serving 155 European airports.
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Thrifting is losing its stigma: second-hand clothes are sustainable — and cool

Canadian attitudes toward second-hand clothes are changing, and businesses are cashing in. 
Not long ago, the idea of shopping at thrift stores brought to mind images of rummaging through racks of random, tatty, sometimes smelly clothing.
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Boeing's grounded 737 Max scores second order at Dubai Airshow

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Boeing's 737 Max jet got another boost at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, this time with an order from Kazakhstan's newly-launched budget carrier as the Chicago-based company works to try and win U.S.
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Taylor Swift will be able to perform her hits at the AMAs after all

Everyone needs to calm down. It seems Taylor Swift can perform her hits, including those that were the subject of very public dispute last week, at the upcoming American Music Awards.
Last week, Swift said her former music label, Big Machine Label Group, had denied her request to play some of her early songs at the award show where she is being honored as artist of the decade.
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