Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Call For Unity And ‘Restoring The Soul Of America’

Vancouver to hike empty homes tax by 25%

Keeping a home empty in Vancouver is about to get more expensive.

Vancouver city council voted Wednesday to increase the empty homes tax by 25 per cent in 2020.

That will raise the levy from one per cent of a home’s assessed value to 1.25 per cent.

The motion, which was proposed by Mayor Kennedy Stewart, also opens the door to additional 25 per cent hikes in 2021 and 2022.

Chile's peso hits new historic low, again, amid festering violence

SANTIAGO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Chile’s peso plummeted to a new low for the second day in a row at market close on Thursday following more than a month of protests over inequality that turned increasingly violent again this week.

The peso fell 1.05% to 828.2 per dollar. (Reporting by Dave Sherwood Editing by Marguerita Choy)

Trump signs bill supporting pro-democracy Hong Kong protests

Donald Trump signs a bill supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Also, the Conservative and Labour parties are facing criticism that neither of their election manifestoes carry “credible” spending pledges.

And there are calls for a charge of 70p for a supermarket “bag for life”.

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Super PAC Backing Cory Booker’s Presidential Bid Shuts Down

A super PAC formed to support Cory Booker’s Democratic presidential campaign is shutting down.

The group’s founder, San Francisco lawyer Steve Phillips, indicated in a news release Wednesday that Dream United had struggled to raise money. Booker, a New Jersey senator, has publicly disavowed support from super PACs, which aren’t required to disclose their donors publicly.

Phillips, a former college classmate of Booker’s, said that it became clear while trying to fundraise for Dream United “that the donor community is strictly adhering to Senator Booker’s publicly articulated wishes that he does not welcome independent support.”

The group raised a little over $1.1 million during the first six months of the year, far short of Phillips’ stated $10 million goal.

Somalia strikes: Amnesty says US behind civilian deaths

US air raids targeting al-Shabab are killing a growing number of civilians, rights groups say.

    US air raids against the armed group al-Shabab in Somalia have surged since 2017 following an executive order by President Donald Trump.

    But civilians living in the area are being caught in the crossfire.

    Amnesty International says a growing number of people have been killed and dozens more injured.

    Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Mogadishu where he spoke with some of the survivors.

    Ottawa police K9 unit tracks down driver, passenger of stolen Brockville vehicle

    Two people are facing charges after a police K9 unit tracked down a vehicle reported stolen from Brockville in Ottawa’s southwest end on Tuesday night, Ottawa police say.

    Officers first tried to pull over the car at Bank Street and Hunt Club Road at 9:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Ottawa Police Service.

    Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan in his first trip to country

    President Donald Trump traveled to Afghanistan for the first time to visit US troops during the Thanksgiving holiday, where he met with the Afghan president and raised hopes of a ceasefire with the Taliban. 

    Trump landed at Bagram Airfield and served a Thanksgiving dinner to service members before meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He then addressed 1,500 troops representing all services in a hanger. 

    Trump said the U.S. is "substantially" drawing down its troop numbers in the country, though he did not provide specifics. The president said the Afghan Taliban wants to make a deal and he believes they want a ceasefire.

    Trump has repeatedly said he wants to reduce troop numbers in Afghanistan, where the U.S. has fought the longest war in its history. American service members first deployed to Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The conflict has spanned three administrations. 

    The president's visit comes one week after the Taliban freed two Western hostages, American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks. The American University professors had been held for more than three years. 

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    Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Call For Unity And ‘Restoring The Soul Of America’

    In a Thanksgiving call for national unity, former Vice President Joe Biden urged voters to “come together, declare who we are, and lift up each other.”

    “Our campaign is about restoring the soul of America by recognizing that our differences are precious and our similarities infinite,” the Democratic presidential candidate told supporters in a joint statement with wife Jill Biden.

    The Bidens also offered praise for Americans “spending today at work, away from their loved ones,” including firefighters, transit employees, grocery store staff and those in the armed forces.

    Former President Barack Obama’s holiday message, which was posted on Twitter, emphasized giving back, featuring a photo of the family volunteering in what appears to be a food pantry.

    “Today, we give thanks for our blessings, give back to those around us, and enjoy some time ― and turkey, and maybe a little football — with the ones we love,” he wrote.

    Last year, Obama visited the Greater Chicago Food Depository ahead of Thanksgiving to lend a hand bagging potatoes.

    President Donald Trump shared a Thanksgiving message for this year’s holiday as well, tweeting a photo of the annual White House turkey pardon.