Obama ‘pardons’ Thanksgiving turkey couple

Updated 29 January 2014
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Obama ‘pardons’ Thanksgiving turkey couple

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama symbolically “pardoned” two turkeys Wednesday on the eve of the US Thanksgiving holiday.
The two birds, named “Caramel” and “Popcorn,” had their 15 minutes of fame in the White House Rose Garden where they won a reprieve from the “leader of the free world” before dozens of reporters and photographers.
The White House is holding a popularity contest on Facebook to see which of the two should be designated the “National Thanksgiving Turkey.”
After the contest, both will be driven to Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic mansion just south of Washington where they will be on display for visitors.
Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated American holidays, a family gathering that typically brings people from far and wide for a feast of stuffed roast turkey and all the trimmings.
Its roots go back to the 1620s when legend has it that newly arrived European colonists celebrated a feast to give thanks to God for their survival with the help of native Americans.


Egyptian parliament speaker criticizes MP for ‘football stadium dress’ during council session

Updated 16 min 4 sec ago
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Egyptian parliament speaker criticizes MP for ‘football stadium dress’ during council session

CAIRO: Egypt’s parliamentary speaker Ali Abdel Aal has criticized an MP for dressing up in a causal outfit during Tuesday’s general session.
During his speech, the speaker of the House of Representatives discussed the garbage and waste recycling crisis in the attendance of the country’s environment minister, local reports have said.
As he went on, Abdel Aal criticized the member of parliament Hosam Al-Refaie for attending the session in casual clothes.
The speaker said: “This council has parliamentary traditions, it is forbidden to wear a shirt and trousers while attending, I will not allow this council to turn into a football stadium.”
He said the official outfit for the council sessions should be a suit, a galabiya or traditional wear from a parliamentarian’s place of origin.