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US-Pakistani relations severely damaged

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NATO aircraft killed at least two dozen Pakistani troops along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border Monday, straining already tense relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, reported NBC News.

Pakistan responded quickly today, closing its two border crossings into Afghanistan, cutting off the main supply routes for U.S. and NATO forces within hours of the NATO attack, reported Atia Abawi.

"Today at 2:00 a.m., there was an attack on Pakistan," said Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. "An attack on Pakistan's solidarity and independence."

According to NBC News, Pakistani officials are calling the incident a grave infringement of the country's sovereignty, and have moved to cut off critical support to the American led war effort in neighboring Afghanistan.

The Pakistani government ordered the United States to vacate an airbase in northern Pakistan it reportedly uses to launch CIA drone operations.

"We look at it from a strategic standpoint," said NBC News Military Analyst Jack Jacobs. "Why can't we identify Pakistanis across the border and not bomb them. But from the guy on the ground, if someone is trying to kill you, you will try to kill him back."

Clashes in Egypt bleed into second day

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Egyptian riot police in Cairo fired tear gas and rubber bullets at angry crowds Sunday in Tahrir Square in a scene reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, reported the Washington Post.

On Sunday, the second day of clashes, the crowds slowly grew larger throughout the day. By afternoon, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets intermittently as people chanted, "freedom." The wounded were rushed to the makeshift clinic on mopeds, according to the Washington Post.

According to the Economic Times, Yahya el-Sawi, a 21-year-old university student, said he was enraged by the sight of riot police beating up protesters already hurt in an earlier attack by the security forces.

"I did not support the sit-in at the beginning," el-Sawi said. "But when I saw this brutality I had to come back to be with my brothers."

The Economic Times reported the violence reflects the rising public anger over the slow pace of reforms and apparent attempts by Egypt's ruling generals to retain power over a future civilian government.

The Washington Post reported the target of this uprising is the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the de facto ruler of the country, which appears to be broadening and consolidating power, just eight days before the country's first post-revolt parliamentary elections.

"This is a war of freedom," said 19-year-old college student Sara Mohammed. "We didn't complete our revolution. We stayed 18 days and we got Mubarak out and we'll do it again."

Troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Iraq

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A chef cheerfully carves up a turkey for soldiers at the end of a buffet line during the camp's annual Thanksgiving meal, in a video produced by the Associated Press.

The Associated Press' video showed that the soldiers ate informally: some dressed in uniform and some in casual wear, such as their hometown's fire department T-shirts.

Turkey decorations sat on top of the rows of tables in the dining room. The room also contained large pictures of American city skylines hung on the walls, a simple touch to remind the soldiers of home.

U.S. soldiers at Camp Victory in Iraq celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday. The traditional Thanksgiving lunch was served four days early because the camp was being closed in preparation for the troops' departure, according to the Associated Press.

"It feels great to be going back home to my family," one soldier (unidentified) said. "I'm a little sad to leave Iraq, because this is my fourth year that I've spent here, but my main home is with my family."

England rolled past reigning champion New Zealand in 28-6 victory Saturday at KC Stadium in the United Kingdom.

After Tom Briscoe's try and two goals by Kevin Sinfield, England went into halftime with an 8-0 lead and then scored first, four minutes after the restart, when Ryan Hall expertly grounded in the right corner, the NZherald reported.

"It was a real complete performance from them and they fully deserved the victory," New Zealand's coach Stephen Kearney said. "They were very, very good."

Kevin Sinfield was awarded man-of-the-match after kicking six goals from six attempts, according to BBC news.

With the win, England earned a spot in the final, which will be a rematch against the team that defeated them 36-20 in Wembly Stadium last weekend.

"We're really confident in what we're doing,'' England captain Jamie Peacock said. "We're getting more confident as the tournament progresses and we want to take another step up against Australia."

Hungary Footballer Florian Albert dies

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Florian Albert, the legendary football player from Hungary who was elected European Footballer of the Year in 1967, died Monday at the age of 70.

Albert was born Sept. 15, 1941, in the village of Hercegszanto, near Hungary's frontier with Yugoslavia.

The Telegraph reported his mother died when he was two, and his father, a blacksmith, later moved the family to Budapest. There Florian quickly attracted the attention of one of the capital's two leading clubs, Ferencvaros.

According to ESPN, Albert played 537 matches for Ferencvaros, scoring 383 goals and winning four Hungarian championships. He also played 75 times for Hungary, tallying 31 goals.

The Telegraph also reported Albert retired in 1974, after never regaining his signature form following a broken leg in 1969. He then coached in Libya, but returned to Hungary and worked for Ferencvaros for the rest of his career.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Iren Barsony, and two children.

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