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5 things you need to know this morning: Nov. 26, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Travel restrictions re-implemented in response to new COVID-19 variant

Countries around the world are tightening their borders after the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant in southern Africa. Singapore and the UK have already introduced new measures, while the EU is considering its own restrictions.

2. Black Friday protests going ahead at Amazon buildings

Protests are set to go ahead at Amazon warehouses across the world to mark Black Friday. Unions and environmental groups are among the organizers of the demonstrations.

3. Surge in food prices could push countries into crisis, experts warn

Global food prices are expected to increase even further and could push poorer countries into crisis, experts are warning. The increases are being blamed on surging gas and fertilizer costs.

4. Giant Baby Yoda delights New Yorkers

Baby Yoda was among a series of fictional characters to dominate the New York skyline on Thursday as the Big Apple enjoyed its annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Giant Papa Smurf and Snoopy balloons also made an appearance.

5. Afghan 'girl with green eyes' resettles in Italy

An Afghan woman made famous by a 1985 edition of the National Geographic magazine has settled in Italy, the country's government said yesterday. Sharbat Gulla reportedly asked to be evacuated from Afghanistan following its conquest by the Taliban.

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