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KCHL/iStock/ThinkStock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran is taking steps to overhaul the way it offers contracts to foreign energy companies, reports the BBC.

The goal is to attract up to $30 billion in new investments.

The new oil contracts will offer foreign investors a bigger stake in profits, says BBC News. Iran has some of the world’s biggest oil and gas reserves.

The new contracts come as Iran readies for sanctions to be lifted after the historic nuclear deal established back in July.

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Education Images/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With all the buying you’re planning on doing for Cyber Monday, Goodwill is offering you a chance to give back.

Goodwill will announce a new promotion on Monday in partnership with several retailers to make it easier for shoppers to donate their never-worn or gently-used clothing or other goods.

“We’re super excited about the opportunity to partner with several online retailers to make the act of donating to Goodwill a much more convenient process,” Goodwill Industries International Vice President, Michael Meyer told ABC News.

The program, called the “Give Back Box,” works by using a box from online purchases to send Goodwill unwated items using a pre-paid shipping label.

The box must be from one of the participating retailers, though it shouldn’t be too difficult considering some of the partners include Overstock, Levi’s, and Ann Taylor.

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Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Following the chaos of Black Friday, shoppers headed to the local mom and pop stores on Saturday.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Small Business Saturday, a day to raise awareness for local retailers, and a day for shoppers to buy gifts for the holidays.

President Obama and his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, spent some time shopping on Saturday, making stops at a small bookstore called Upshur Street Books, and a popsicle shop called Pleasant Pops where a worker recommended the shop favorite, a Strawberry Ginger Lemonade popsicle.

The event was launched by American Express in 2010, and in 2014 shoppers spent about $14.3 billion on the special day.

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Waniala Paul /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KAMPALA, Uganda) — An exuberant crowd of young people, 150,000 strong, welcomed Pope Francis on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.

They sang. They danced, some wearing colorful grass skirts, others sporting feathered headdresses. And they smiled.

Their message to him: that Catholicism is more than a Sunday ritual to them. It is a tribe, an extended family and a shared sense of identity. Catholics make up nearly half the country.

Francis listened intently to testimony from 24-year-old Winnie Nansumba, who was born with an HIV infection and lost both her parents to AIDS before she was 7. He also heard from a young man, Emmanuel Odokonyero, who was abducted and tortured as a child by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Francis reciprocated by tossing aside his prepared remarks and speaking from the heart, giving three pieces of advice.

Overcome difficulties, he said: Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by life’s hardships, instead let faith give you courage.

Second, he advised: Do your best to turn the negative into the positive, citing Nansumba and Odokonyero as prime examples.

Thirdly, he told them, pray. Ask for help from a power higher than yourself.

“When we stumble or fall down or hurt ourselves, who better to turn to for help than our mother?” he asked.

“And who is our Mother?”

“Mother Mary,” they shouted in unison, repeating it three times.

Then Pope Francis joined them in that most fundamental of Catholic prayers, the Hail Mary, with 150,000 voices sounding as one.

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russia says it will impose a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, reports the BBC.

The sanctions come just days after a Russian jet was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border.

The sanctions cover the work of Turkish companies in Russia, Turkish nationals working in Russia for Russian companies, imports from Turkey and an end to the chartering of flights between the two nations, says BBC News. The visa-free arrangement between Russia and Turkey was also suspended.

Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan refuses to apologize to Russia but said on Saturday the down of the jet “saddened” him.

Turkey claims the jet was violating it’s airspace and gave the jet several warnings.

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killerbayer/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(LONDON) — Amazon reports it had its biggest sales day in the United Kingdon (U.K.) on this year’s Black Friday, reports the BBC.

More than 7.4 million items were reported to have been sold on the website.

For the first time ever, retail analysis reported online sales estimated at one billion pounds, or $1.5 billion.

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Marek Uliasz/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) — A lot of Muslim places of worship are about to be shut down in Italy.

The Italian government says it will move to close any mosque tha tis not officially registered as a place of worship.

The Interior Minister in Italy made the announcement saying it was part of Italy’s strategy to help fight terrorism.

There are 800 unofficial or what are called “garage mosques” where many of the one million or so Muslims living in Italy go to worship.

But critics point out that many of them were set up after local administrations blocked requests on the behalf of Muslims in Italy to set up official mosques.

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MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — The United Nations says a rocket attack occurred at a UN peacekeeper’s base in Kidal, northern Mali resulting in the deaths of three people, reports the BBC.

Two peacekeepers and one contractor for the Multidimensional Integrated United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed. The UN said 20 people were injured.

It is suspected that Islamist militants were behind Saturday’s attack.

In a statement, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi said, “MINUSMA continues to strengthen measures against such threats to protect the Malian people and the UN personnel. I express my solidarity and salute the brave men and women serving MINUSMA throughout the country for their efforts to bringing lasting peace to Mali in these difficult conditions. MINUSMA and its partners are doing their utmost to put an end to such crimes and hold accountable those responsible for these cowardly attacks.”

The attack comes just over a week since gunmen attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Nineteen people were killed in that attack.

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(HONG KONG) — The latest electronics hack has hit an electronic toy maker.

According to a statement posted on Friday from VTech Holdings Limited, a hacker was able to access customer data found on its Learning Lodge app store database.

VTech sells electronic toys and educational items specialized for children.

The statement said the hacking happened on Nov. 14, 2015 and the “unauthorized party” potentially could have accessed names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses, and download history.

The customer database “does not contain any personal identification data (such as ID card numbers, Social Security numbers or driving license numbers)” according to VTech.

VTech said the company has conducted an investigation, but so far no word on how many customers were affected.

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Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — It’s one of the most interesting Black Friday deals this year.

This year, fans of Cards Against Humanity are participating in the Black Friday promotion, “Give Cards Against Humanity $5.”

After customers provide their name and credit card information, they must check off a box that says, “I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return.”

In the past the makers of the raunchy board game have offered a variety of different Black Friday “deals” including one year’s box of “literal feces” for $6.

According to the Cards Against Humanity website, at least $60,000 was made from donations as of Friday night.

Why isn’t the company offering anything?

“On Black Friday, everybody is selling something,” said a statement on the website. “We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing.”
What are they going to do with the money?

“That’s for us to know and you to find out. We’ll make the announcement soon,” said the game’s website.

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