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LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Trump’s involvement in securing his son’s release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Nov. 20, 2017. The president, in tweets a day earlier, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players— accused of shoplifting in jail—because Ball "is unaccepting of what I did for his son" and "very ungrateful!" Ball has refused to thank Trump. The three UCLA freshmen were arrested and questioned about stealing from high-end stores next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins stayed before leaving for Shanghai to play Georgia Tech. All three apologized for their actions and thanked Trump for his role in securing their release. Video source: CNN


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Drumstick and Wishbone, the two turkeys vying for a pardon from the dinner table by President Trump, were introduced during an event at the Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20. The 20-week-old birds will find out their ceremonious fate on Tuesday afternoon before being sent to their new home, Gobbler's Rest, where the White House says students and veterinarians will care for the turkeys. Photograph by @somophoto@gettyimages

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Relatives mourn the death of Lakbira Essabiry, one of the victims of Sunday's stampede that erupted while food aid was being distributed in a Moroccan village, on Nov. 20, 2017. At least 15 people were killed and 10 were injured, authorities said. The crush took place in Sidi Boulalam, located in the Essaouira province, as a local association was handing out food at a weekly market, the Associated Press reports. An announcement by the Interior Ministry said King Mohammed VI would pay for the hospitalization of the injured and burials of the dead. Photograph by @youssefboudlal@reuters


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Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, marked their 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 20, 2017, with a new set of portraits, a peal of bells and some commemorative stamps. It was in 1947 when then-Princess Elizabeth married Lt. Philip Mountbatten, a naval officer, at Westminster Abbey. The 91-year-old, who became queen in 1952, is the first British monarch to reach a platinum anniversary. Philip, 96, supports his wife in her role as head of state. Twenty years ago, at their 50th wedding anniversary, Elizabeth praised her husband as "quite simply... my strength and stay all these years," the Associated Press reports. The royal family is reportedly gathering at Windsor Castle to celebrate the anniversary. In this photograph, the couple poses for a portrait in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in early November. Photograph by @mattholyoak/@camerapress_photography/PA Wire/@reuters


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President Trump announced on Nov. 20 that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, a move that will impose further penalties on the country led by Kim Jong Un and add it to a list that includes Iran, Sudan and Syria. The designation had been debated for months inside the administration, with some State Department officials arguing that North Korea did not meet the legal standard to be relisted after it was removed in 2008 in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development, the Associated Press reports. U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport in February as an act of terrorism. Video source: CNN/Pool


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The Georgia Dome, former home of the Atlanta Falcons, collapsed in a meticulously controlled demolition on Nov. 20, 2017. The stadium’s 250,000 cubic yards of concrete needed 480,000 pounds of explosives—240 tons—to take it out. The 71,250-seat, concrete arena was flattened in just 12 seconds, according to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. The Falcons moved next door to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium after playing at the Dome for 25 years. A new hotel, parking deck and "Home Depot Backyard" tailgating space will take the Dome’s place next to the new stadium. Video source: CNN


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Charles Manson, the cult leader behind the nation-shocking bloodbath of actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, during which members of his "Family" brutally stabbed the pregnant actress and four others one night, then a wealthy couple the next night, is dead at 83. He died of natural causes at a hospital on Nov. 19, according to a news release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The son of a teen mom who was in and out of jail, Manson was a known criminal before his road to cult leadership began in 1967. "Manson reportedly held an almost hypnotic spell over his followers, who called him ‘God’ and ‘Satan,’” TIME described two years later. He convinced his followers that a race war would soon rock America, and that the Family would emerge victorious and dominant. "Among the greasewood and rattlesnakes, they holed up in run-down cabins and led an indolent, almost savage existence, singing Manson’s songs, dancing, swimming in a small pool, stealing cars for cash and picking through garbage for food." Manson, photographed leaving a Los Angeles courtroom in January 1970, was not present at the killings but like those who were had been convicted of murder and conspiracy. Their death sentences were reduced to life in prison after California temporarily struck down the death penalty in 1972. Read the full obituary on TIME.com. Photograph by @ap.images/@shutterstock


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Hasidic Rabbis prepare to pose for a group picture during the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 19, 2017. They are among 4,600 rabbis from around the world who are in New York for international conference aimed at reviving Jewish awareness around the world. Photograph by Amir Levy—@gettyimages


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Dee Rees’ buzzy new drama @mudbound, which premiered on @netflix on Nov. 17, is an epic tale about the intersecting lives of two families, one black and one white, living on the same slice of Mississippi farmland in the 1940s. In a recent interview with TIME, Rees says it was the chance to tell both sides of the story that drew her to Mudbound: "I wanted to make sure that the black family had an equal weight and we could see this kind of parasitic symbiosis, where they’re all stuck in the mud. I wanted them to have an inner life and not just be there in service of the [white] family." As TIME film critic Stephanie Zacharek writes, "Mudbound works as a thumbnail picture of midcentury American racism and injustice, and as a reminder of how slowly things really change in this country, as much as we like to think of ourselves as progressive thinkers and lovers of freedom. But you can’t just write ideas on the screen: Your performers have to embody them, and there’s not a minute in Mudbound that doesn’t feel deeply felt and believable." The film's cast includes @jasonmitchellactor, @therealmaryjblige, Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund. Rees, who previously wrote and directed the 2011 coming-of-age drama Pariah, has shaped the material beautifully, Zacharek adds: "This is just a good story, period, and Rees never loses sight of that." Read the full review on TIME.com. Photograph by @micaiahcarter for TIME


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Few photographers have learned to speak the language of color as well as Harry Gruyaert. In his latest book East/West, Gruyaert, of @magnumphotos, contrasts the palettes of Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the early 1980s with Moscow at the end of that decade. America's story is told through the impossible blue of the swimming pool, the chintzy gold of a hotel lobby, the red rash of sunburn. Gruyaert's America is a carefree cacophony of joy, promise and loneliness. Russia, through Moscow's pallid tones, tells a quieter tale. The compositions are very different, too, as people—not objects—fill the frame. "This was a very exciting period where everything was very much open," he says. "I could walk into places, factories, anywhere, and nobody said no. Because they didn't know anymore what to think; what was right and what was wrong." See more of Gruyaert's work on TIME.com. Photographs by Harry Gruyaert—@magnumphotos


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Rohingya men pray at sunset on the site where a new mosque was being built at the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh on Oct. 22, 2017. Some 600,000 people from the Muslim minority have fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar since late August. "Once new arrivals find a space, they get bamboo poles and tarpaulin to build a shelter," writes photographer @kevinfrayer, who spent weeks documenting the ongoing crisis. "Aid organizations construct latrines and dig wells for clean water, but the sheer number of people makes it a challenge to maintain sanitation and stave off disease. The monsoon rains are heavy and frequent, and the ground is incredibly wet and muddy." Read his full account and see more of his pictures in the new issue of TIME and on TIME.com. Photograph by @kevinfrayer@gettyimages

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A Rohingya man and woman carry their children on an embankment after crossing the Naf River between Myanmar and Bangladesh on Nov. 2, 2017. Some 600,000 people from the Muslim minority have fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar since late August. "Typically, new arrivals sit on the beach and just rest. A few locals may be around, but there is no coordinated reception," writes photographer @kevinfrayer, who spent weeks documenting the ongoing crisis. "The refugees walk on their own toward the village and madrasahs, or religious schools, where they are given shelter and food and a bit of money by local charities. They will spend at most a day there before crossing to the mainland and climbing onto trucks for the journey north to Cox’s Bazar. Once known for its resorts, the area is now home to more than half a million refugees." Read his full account and see more of his pictures in the new issue of TIME and on TIME.com. Photograph by @kevinfrayer@gettyimages


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Rohingya who walked for more than a week to cross the Naf River from Myanmar and Bangladesh wait to proceed to refugee camps on Nov. 2, 2017. Some 600,000 people from the Muslim minority have arrived in Bangladesh since late August, when a militant Rohingya group attacked police and military posts, prompting the government to reply with a campaign that included burning hundreds of Rohingya villages to the ground. The masses who arrived have spoken of being burned, raped and driven from their homes. "It is hard to compare that magnitude of sadness to anything else I have seen," writes photographer @kevinfrayer, who spent weeks documenting the ongoing crisis. Read his full account and see more of his pictures in the new issue of TIME and on TIME.com. Photograph by @kevinfrayer@gettyimages


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Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot can now perform backflips and is able to jump over blocks. The pioneering robotics company, which recently sold to SoftBank from Google’s parent company Alphabet, released a new video on Nov. 16, 2017, of Atlas hopping between boxes and executing a backflip that most human beings would struggle to do. Previous videos of Atlas, which was developed for military use, have shown the 5-foot 9-inch robot picking objects, opening doors, moving through rough terrain—and, yes, tripping over hockey sticks. Video source: Boston Dynamics


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A horse before an exhibition at an international horse fair in Sevilla, Spain, on Nov. 16, 2017. Photograph by Cristina Quicler—@afpphoto/@gettyimages


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"Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?" Attorney General Jeff Sessions made light of the grilling he is receiving, over his knowledge of Trump campaign contacts with Russians, during remarks to the conservative Federalist Society at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 17, 2017. The audience erupted in laughter. "Before I get started here, any Russians? Anybody been to Russia?" Sessions previously recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling after acknowledging two encounters with the ambassador that he had not previously disclosed. There have been suggestions Sessions had a third, unreported contact with him in April 2016. In his testimony to Congress this week, Sessions displayed a hazy memory of the campaign’s dealings with Russians in the election, denying he ever lied about those contacts. Video source: CNN


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A firework explodes near a riot policeman during clashes following a rally marking the 44th anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against the military dictatorship that was ruling Greece, in Athens, on Nov. 17, 2017. Photograph by @alkisk_@reuters

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Kayla Moore, the wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, said her husband will not step down amid sexual assault allegations on Nov. 17, 2017. She spoke out in defense of her husband of more than 32 years, who has been dogged by allegations that he sexually assaulted two women decades ago when they were teenagers, the Associated Press reports. Republicans in Washington are growing concerned that Moore might not only lose the special Senate election in Alabama but damage the GOP's brand with women across the country. Video source: CNN


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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe arrives to preside over a student graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University, on the outskirts of the capital, Harare, on Nov. 17, 2017. Mugabe is making his first public appearance since the military put the 93-year-old under house arrest and took over the airwaves on Nov. 14. His former vice president-turned-rival Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose abrupt dismissal the week before triggered the political crisis, is back in the capital and determined to take power—seemingly with the blessing of the armed forces. Meanwhile, Zimbabweans are already celebrating the downfall of a dictator who has held the country in his iron grip for the past 37 years. Yet Mugabe refuses to relinquish power before elections slated for April 2018, even as the military, the opposition and members of his own party insist that he hand power to Mnangagwa. Photograph by Ben Curtis—@ap.images/@shutterstock

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A 65-year-old man who was arrested at 19 and sentenced to life without parole walked out of prison on Nov. 15, 2017, saying “God is so good” after his rape conviction was overturned by a judge. Authorities withheld evidence that could have exonerated Wilbert Jones decades ago and their case against him was “weak at best,” State District Judge Richard Anderson said, the Associated Press reports. “Freedom. After more than 45 years and 10 months. That’s going through my mind,” Jones said as he hugged his brother and other relatives outside the gates of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Jones also thanked his legal team at the Innocence Project New Orleans, saying “without them, this wouldn’t be possible.” Video sources: AP, Innocence Project


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A vehicle is wedged into the entrance of a flood-damaged home, after the water receded, in the Greek town of Mandra, on Nov. 16, 2017. Greece declared a day of national mourning after floods on the outskirts of Athens left at least 14 dead on Wednesday, flipping over cars, smashing into homes and cutting off highway traffic, the Associated Press reports. "This is a very difficult moment for our country. We mourn the deaths of 14 people in what is a great disaster. ... It is the wish of all of us that this number does not increase,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a televised address. Twelve of those killed were found in or near Mandra, a small town on the western outskirts of Athens that was hardest-hit by the flood. The coast guard recovered the bodies of two more men believed to have been swept out to sea by the flood. Photograph by @petros_giannakouris@ap.images/@shutterstock

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It sounds almost too good to be true: a flavor-packed, low-sugar ice cream with no more than 360 calories—per pint. But such is the promise of @halotopcreamery, whose containers invite patrons to "go ahead, eat the whole pint" in one sitting and whose product the company's CEO, Justin Woolverton, routinely calls "healthy." On the latter point, there has been some debate. Halo Top, which is also enriched with protein, maintains its low calorie count using the zero-calorie sweetener Stevia, along with cane sugar and alcohol. While those ingredients are fine to consume, they're not exactly paragons of nutrition. Then again, Halo Top's goal isn't to replace fruits and veggies; it's to give diet-conscious consumers "an option to eat ice cream again," says Woolverton. To that end, Halo Top, one of TIME's 25 Best Inventions of 2017, is succeeding in spades. Retailing for about $5 per pint, its annual sales soared roughly 2,500% last year and it recently beat out Häagen-Dazs and Ben & Jerry's to become the best-selling pint in America. See the full list on TIME.com. Photograph by @sebastianmader for TIME


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It's tough to play sports in a hijab. If the material is too heavy, it causes excess sweating. If it's too light, it might fall off during competition. And if it's fastened in the wrong way, "you can feel like you're going to choke," says @manirostom, an Egyptian runner based in the United Arab Emirates and the founder of the "Surviving Hijab" Facebook group, which has nearly half a million members. Nike's Pro Hijab—which was put into development after executives met with UAE weight lifter @amna.s.alhaddad in 2016—aims to shift that status quo. Unlike a traditional hijab, the Pro—one of TIME's 25 Best Inventions of 2017—is made with light, breathable fabric that wicks moisture; athletes who have used it report that it helps manage sweat. But for women like Rostom, who was one of the Pro's early testers, there's symbolic weight to Nike's investment, as well. "I'm athletic, I'm outspoken, I'm empowered by a big company," she says. "I'm representing what a Muslim woman can be." See the full list on TIME.com. Photograph by @sebastianmader for TIME


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TIME's new cover: These are the 25 best inventions of 2017. Photograph by @sebastianmader for TIME; animation by @brobeldesign


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Pope Francis got the keys to a new Lamborghini on Nov. 15, 2017, but he won’t be cruising around the Vatican gardens in it. The special edition Huracan will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s, the Associated Press reports, with proceeds going to charities including one aimed at helping to rebuild Christian communities in Iraq that were devastated by ISIS. The luxury car maker presented the pontiff with the vehicle, complete with papal yellow-gold detailing, on Wednesday outside the Vatican hotel where he lives. The pope promptly blessed it. Base prices for the Huracan typically start at around $217,000 (183,000 euros); a special edition like this is expected to fetch far more at auction. Video source: Vatican TV


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Three UCLA basketball players apologized on Nov. 15, 2017, after returning home from China, where they were detained for shoplifting. UCLA coach Steve Alford said the players would be suspended indefinitely from the Bruins. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were in Hangzhou before a game with Georgia Tech as part of the Pac-12 China Game when they were accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. They were briefly detained, then released to their hotel and told not to leave. President Trump reportedly intervened to secure their release. On Wednesday morning, he tweeted that he doubted the athletes would thank him: "Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!" Video source: CNN


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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife @louiselinton excitedly show off a sheet of new $1 bills, the first currency notes that include his signature with that of U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington on Nov. 15, 2017. The Mnuchin-Carranza notes, which are a new series of 2017, 50-subject $1 notes, will be sent to the Federal Reserve to be issued into circulation. The pictures reignited online commentary about how the couple is perceived to flaunt wealth. Mnuchin drew criticism for requesting government aircraft for his European honeymoon—to receive secure communications regarding national security issues, a spokesman said at the time—and for an August trip to Fort Knox where the Treasury said he was on official business but critics say was a way for the pair to view the solar eclipse. Mnuchin reimbursed the government for Linton's travel on that trip. Linton faced backlash after she highlighted designer brands she wore while descending from the jet with her husband, then scolded a commenter who took issue with her post. Photographs by @jacquelynmartin@ap.images/@shutterstock


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After a night of confusion in which tanks rolled onto the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, the country’s military said on Nov. 15, 2017, that it had taken President Robert Mugabe into custody. While the armed forces appear now to be effectively in control of the city, a military spokesperson took to the airwaves to insist that what just happened was not a coup: "We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover," Major General S.B. Moyo said during a nationwide broadcast after soldiers took over a state-run television channel. "We are only targeting criminals around [Mugabe] who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice." The spokesperson added that the military guaranteed the security of Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, and sought to reassure the public the situation would soon "return to normalcy." The crisis was caused by a power struggle over who would succeed the 93-year-old dictator. Read more on TIME.com. Video source: ZBC

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Canadian Prime Minister @justinpjtrudeau said on Nov. 14, 2017, that he had spoken with Myanmar's de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, about the human rights situation surrounding #Rohingya Muslims in her country. At a news conference in Manila, where he has been attending the ASEAN summit, he also said he had discussed human rights issues in the Philippines with President Rodrigo Duterte; Trudeau said he explicitly mentioned the extrajudicial killings that became a grim hallmark of Duterte's crackdown on drugs. Trudeau said he had offered Duterte "Canada's support and help as a friend to help move forward on what is a real challenge." Video source: AP

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A drone's eye view as locals gather around two sperm whale carcasses at a beach in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on Nov. 14, 2017. At least four of the nine whales that become stranded died despite strong efforts to get them back to sea. Indonesia's government rushed personnel to the site where they, along with environment activists and local helpers, tried to rescue the whales by pushing them back into deeper waters from where they could escape to the open sea on their own. Photograph by @hotlisimanjuntak@epaphotos-EFE/@shutterstock

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