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Congressman gives up committee spot amid sexual harassment allegations, White House sued by top consumer rights official, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry, and more.

by VICE Staff
Nov 27 2017, 3:58pm

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Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Congressman Conyers Relinquishes Key Committee Role
Rep. John Conyers has stepped down as the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee "in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me." He's been referred to the ethics committee following a report he used office funds to settle a sexual misconduct claim made by a former female staffer, as well as a second sexual harassment claim made by another female staffer.—CBS News

Trump Administration Sued by Top Consumer Rights Official
Leandra English, recently named deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), has filed a lawsuit over the White House's decision to disregard her claim as acting boss of the independent watchdog. English's lawyer said the attempt to install Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney as the new watchdog chief—even though Mulvaney is still working at the White House—is "unprecedented." Both putative leaders reportedly showed up to work Monday.—CNN

Meredith Corporation to Purchase Time Inc.
The media company has agreed to buy the publisher of TIME, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated for an estimated $2.8 billion, having fixed a price of $18.50 per share. The right-wing Republican megadonors Charles and David Koch reportedly helped finance the deal through an affiliate, though initial indications were that they would have no influence on day-today operations.—CNBC / Reuters

Massage Chain Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults
More than 180 people have claimed to endure sexual assault at the hands of masseurs working for the Massage Envy company, according to police, state, and court documents. Allegations include groping, touching of genitals, and penetration using fingers. A Massage Envy attorney insisted the company holds "franchise owners accountable to our policies."—BuzzFeed News

International News

Indonesia Warns of 'Imminent' Bali Volcano Eruption
Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency issued a maximum level four alert for Mount Agung on Bali, warning of the "the potential for a larger eruption." Authorities established an evacuation zone up to six miles around the volcano and also shut down the island’s airport, hitting 59,000 passengers with canceled flights.—Reuters

Dozens of Syrians Reported Killed in Air Strikes
Russian bombing in Deir al-Zour left at least 53 civilians dead, including 21 children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Russia claimed Sunday’s strikes had targeted and struck militants. Another 23 civilians were said to be killed in strikes in Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, an area held by rebel fighters, also on Sunday.—BBC News

Pope Francis Begins Visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh
The pope was set to meet the leader of Myanmar's ruling party Aung San Suu Kyi and a group of Rohingya Muslims this week, but began his stay by chatting with the head of the military. Catholic officials in Myanmar asked him not to use the contentious term "Rohingya" while in Myanmar, despite allegations of gross human rights violations by armed forces against the minority. The Pope was slated to finish his trip Saturday in Bangladesh, where more than 620,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have taken refuge from what some call genocide.—AP

Opposition Candidate Leads in Honduras Election
Early results released by Honduras's Supreme Electoral Tribunal showed presidential challenger Salvador Nasralla leading President Juan Orlando Hernandez about 45 percent to 40 percent. Both Nasralla's Opposition Alliance party and Hernandez's conservative National Party attempted to claim victory overnight.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Marry
The royal bachelor is officially engaged to the American actress, with the wedding to take place in the spring. "To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us," said Markle's parents.—BBC News

Reverend Al Sharpton to Visit Meek Mill
The activist said he would go see the imprisoned rapper Monday, calling his case "representative of many young men of color that face an abuse of a probation or parole system." Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation.—Noisey

'Coco' Wins Thanksgiving Box Office
The animated Pixar-Disney movie took $71.2 million from its domestic debut over the five-day holiday, beating the $60 million earned by Justice League over the same period. The Warner Bros. superhero movie has taken more than $300 million internationally.—AP

Netflix to Produce Its First Bollywood Movie
The network will co-produce romantic comedy Love Per Square Foot along with RSVP, and will stream the film around the world. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said he wanted to work with "the best of Bollywood to deliver compelling stories."—The Hollywood Reporter

Trailer Released for Jodie Foster's 'Black Mirror' Episode
Netflix has dropped a teaser for a new episode of the sci-fi series directed by Jodie Foster. The upcoming season four installment "Arkangel" features a mother experimenting with troubling technology to protect her young daughter.— i-D