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5 things you need to know this morning: Nov. 29, 2023

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

Five things you need to know

1. Beyoncé's mother says it's racist to accuse of her skin lightening

Beyoncé's mother has said "sad little haters" have accused her daughter of lightening her skin. Tina Knowles said claims Beyoncé had attempted to make herself look white were racist.

Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles HITS BACK at 'racist and self-hating' critics accusing star of 'lightening' her skin in Renaissance premiere photo: 'She is going to be p****d at me but I am fed up!'

— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) November 28, 2023

2. Indian man charged in US with plotting to assassinate Sikh activist

The US has charged a man it says was directed by the Indian government to assassinate a US citizen in New York. "We will not tolerate efforts to assassinate US citizens on US soil," US Attorney Damian Williams said.

Breaking: U.S. prosecutors charged an Indian man with trying to assassinate a Sikh activist, who is an American citizen, on U.S. soil

— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 29, 2023

3. 'World's saddest elephant' dies after 40 years alone

The "world's saddest elephant" has died at a zoo in the Philippines. Mali, who lived alone for nearly forty years, was a cause célèbre for animal rights activists, including Paul McCartney.

Philippines: World's loneliest elephant dies in Manila zoo

— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 29, 2023

4. Respiratory diseases surging in China

Authorities in China have urged calm after a surge in respiratory illnesses has led to pressure on hospitals in the country. The spread of the illnesses, which the UN said were "undiagnosed pneumonia," has been blamed on China's loosening of COVID-19 restrictions.

Health officials say that respiratory diseases are surging in China, especially among young children. What's going around now is a known mix of flu, RSV, COVID and mycoplasma. Here's what else you need to know.@janisfrayer reports from Beijing.

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2023

5. 'Irish Lives Matter' graffiti condemned as 'racist poison'

Police in Northern Ireland have condemned what they called "racist poison" after the discovery of a sign and graffiti in Belfast. The graffiti read "Irish Lives Matter," while the sign said "illegal immigrants" were no longer welcome.

MLA condemns ‘Irish Lives Matter’ graffiti in west Belfast

— Belfast Telegraph (@BelTel) November 29, 2023

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