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5 things you need to know this morning: November 19, 2020

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

Five things you need to know

1. Ontario won’t extend Christmas break in schools despite COVID-19 surge

Amid surging COVID-19 cases in Ontario, the province's Minister of Education has said that the government doesn't see a need to extend Christmas break.

2. Michael J. Fox is retiring from acting due to declining health

Michael J Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 29, announced in his new memoir that he is retiring from acting once again due to declining health.

3. FAA clears Boeing 737 Max for flight after nearly two years

The US Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the Boeing 737 Max for flight following a 20-month review after the planes were grounded in 2019 in the wake of two deadly crashes that killed 346 people. The FAA says it must approve pilot training changes for each US airline and airlines must perform required maintenance on the planes.

4. Long-running investigation into Australian special forces alleges that war crimes were committed in Afghanistan

Australian Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell issued an apology to Afghanistan after releasing an investigation into allegations of Australian troops committing war crimes in there. The report followed a four-year inquiry examining the conduct of the special forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016. The inquiry recommends further investigation of 19 soldiers by police in relation to the alleged unlawful killings of 39 prisoners and civilians, and other misconduct.

5. President-elect Biden announces some senior members of his White House staff

Joe Biden announced additional senior White House staff picks, opting for some of his longest-serving aides "to serve alongside newer players in his orbit in key roles in the West Wing."

Thumbnail: Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for The Michael J. Fox Foundation)

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