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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. Egypt suffered one of the worst civilian massacres in its modern history.
Islamist militants detonated bombs and unleashed torrents of bullets at a mosque on the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 235 people and wounding more than 100 others. Even ambulances were targeted. “We don’t know what to say. This is insane,” a medical official said.
There were no immediate claims of responsibility, but the worshipers were Sufis, whose mystical form of Islam is considered heretical by Sunni extremists, and the Egyptian military has been battling an affiliate of the Islamic State in the Sinai for years.
2. Lawyers for Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information with lawyers for President Trump, four people involved in the case told us.
Our Washington correspondents say the split appears to be a sign that Mr. Flynn, the short-lived national security adviser, is moving to cooperate with prosecutors investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Cries of “Enough already” on Russian meddling aren’t coming from just Mr. Trump’s supporters. In Russia, beleaguered liberals complain that the American focus feeds propaganda portraying President Vladimir Putin as a master strategist.
3. President Trump played golf, dabbled in geopolitics and did a little venting.
In the morning, he phoned the Turkish president, telling him that the U.S. would no longer arm the Y.P.G., a Kurdish militia fighting in Syria that Turkey sees as a threat. Then he hit the links with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1 golfer, but evaded most photographers, above.
On Twitter, he denounced the attack in Egypt, again decried the N.F.L. and mentioned a new irritant: Time Magazine, which, he claimed, had told him he would “probably” be Person of the Year, an offer he rejected (“Thanks anyway!”) for being too tentative.
4. Black Friday unfolded across the nation with the usual scramble for discounts, while online, the day logged extraordinary sales. Our correspondents tracked the action, from crashed websites to long lines for sneakers in Los Angeles, and Wirecutter, a Times company that reviews products, has a rundown on deals.
Brick-and-mortar stores have been battered by consumers’ shift to online shopping, but Macy’s, for one, has something to fall back on: a collection of real estate worth an estimated $16 billion, much of it old and grand. Above, crowds outside its flagship store in New York.
The 75-year-old extolled the leader he helped oust, Robert Mugabe, 93, as “a father, mentor, comrade in arms and my leader.” Mr. Mugabe, under house arrest, did not attend.
For many Zimbabweans, elation over the fall of Mr. Mugabe has turned to cynicism over whether the rise of a member of the old guard amounts to more of the same misrule. “Now Mnangagwa’s bootlickers will have their full turn to loot from the state coffers,” one said.
6. Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2013, had his sentence increased to 15 years by a South African court, with prosecutors calling the original six-year term “shockingly lenient.”
Mr. Pistorius, pictured above in court last year, maintains that he shot Reeva Steenkamp, 29, by accident, unloading bullets through a bathroom door at what he believed was an intruder. The ruling extending his sentence said that Mr. Pistorius “displays a lack of remorse and does not appreciate the gravity of his actions.”
7. Hope is fading for the 44 sailors on an Argentine Navy submarine missing since Nov. 15, in what may be the most deadly accident involving a submarine since Russia’s Kursk sank in 2000.
President Mauricio Macri, above, must now confront mounting anger over the antiquated condition of Argentina’s armed forces, false reports of satellite calls from the ship, and the weeklong delay in discovering that an explosion had been recorded in the vicinity of the craft’s disappearance.
The wife of a crew member said of her husband, “If he can somehow hear me out there, all I can say is I love him.”
8.It’s one of America’s most diverse ZIP codes: 94591. A Bay Area suburb, it’s a tapestry of races and ethnicities, like the Johnson family, above.
But Vallejo, Calif., is still no promised land, our correspondent writes. Groups tend to cluster together, giving rise to friction and stereotyping. Stubborn disparities endure.
The correspondent, John Eligon, who is black, came face-to-face with the bias there. He observes: “Diversity, it seemed, makes people feel comfortable using stereotypes and expressing biases.”
9. The trials of peace activists in Australia put a spotlight on a U.S. intelligence facility hidden in the outback. The activists could serve seven years for trespassing.
Known as Pine Gap, the base was presented to the Australian public in 1966 as a space research facility. But in reality, it controls U.S. satellites that guide airstrikes and nuclear weapons. “TURN AROUND NOW,” a road sign near the base warns.
A small town nearby has become a haven of sorts for American spies, engineers and cryptologists, complete with a baseball diamond and beef brisket at the grocery.
10. Thanksgiving is over (hopefully without too much political strife at the table), but possibilities abound in the leftovers piled high in refrigerators.
All that uneaten turkey can go into salad, soup, noodles, above, or even pav bhaji, an Indian dish served with buttered, toasted buns.
Have a great weekend.
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