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Obama to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone move that will deepen a partisan divide with Republicans.

The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech on Thursday night laying out the plan followed by a trip to Las Vegas on Friday to build support. Nevada is home to the highest proportion of undocumented immigrants in the country.

 

Taliban suicide bombers die in attack on international zone in Kabul

Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.

The attackers tried to break into a complex known as Green Village, starting with the explosion of a van at the gate of the heavily guarded area in eastern Kabul that houses foreign contractors and various facilities.

Security forces repelled them after about an hour of fighting and no casualties were reported among the area's residents, officials said.

 

Britain says not optimistic about Iran nuclear deal by deadline

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he was not optimistic that world powers and Iran would clinch a full nuclear deal by Nov. 24 but that there may be a way of extending the self-imposed deadline.

"I’m not optimistic that we can get everything done by Monday," Hammond told reporters in the Latvian capital.

"But I think if we make some significant movement we may be able to find a way of extending the deadline to allow us to get to the final deal if we’re making a good progress in the right direction."

 

NBC, Netflix cancel Bill Cosby's shows after sex assault claims

NBC said on Wednesday it has canceled an upcoming project with veteran comedian Bill Cosby, his second show to be pulled after accusations that he sexually assaulted woman resurfaced in recent weeks.

The move by NBC comes a day after online streaming company Netflix  said it was postponing Cosby's stand-up comedy special "Bill Cosby 77," which was due to be released on Nov. 28.

 

Facebook service aimed at professionals to launch in a few months

Facebook professional version of its social network aimed at businesses will launch in the next few months.

The world's No.1 Internet social network with 1.35 billion monthly users has been quietly testing a version of its website geared toward workplace collaboration. The service, dubbed Facebook at Work, allows users to exchange messages and share documents using Facebook's scrolling news feed and other familiar features from the consumer version of Facebook.

The professional version of Facebook, which could compete with services such as LinkedIn , as well as Salesforce and Microsoft, would allow users to maintain special profiles that are distinct from their existing Facebook profiles. Work activities would not be shared on a user's personal profile, and the baby photos, videos and general banter popular in the consumer version of Facebook would not encroach into the professional version.