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U.S. Drug Giant Pfizer To Buy Ireland-Based Allergan

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The Pfizer flag flies in front of its world headquarters in New York. Pfizer and Dublin-based Allergan will merge, creating the world's biggest drug-maker by sales.

Drug Giant Pfizer To Merge With Allergan In Deal To Lower Corporate Taxes

The U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its smaller rival Allergan have agreed to merge, creating the world's biggest pharmaceutical company by sales.

The $160 billion deal is the largest example so far of a corporate inversion, in which a U.S. company merges with a foreign company and shifts its domicile overseas in order to lower its corporate taxes.

A Belgian Army soldier patrols on a main boulevard in Brussels on Sunday.

Brussels Will Remain On Lockdown As Police Detain 21 Across Belgium

Brussels will remain in a heightened state of security until at least Monday, the country's prime minister Charles Michel said.

Schools and universities will reopen Wednesday and the subway system will begin reopening on Wednesday too. Still, said Michel, the country is still facing a "serious and imminent" threat.

Since Sunday, authorities have been carrying out raids in an attempt to stop what they suspect is planned Paris-style terrorist attack on Belgium's capital city.

Taylor Delhagen is one of the founding teachers at Brooklyn Ascend High School.

The Lesson Plan For A New School: Teaching 'Joyous Service'

The two births that would change everything for Taylor Delhagen were due to occur 24 hours apart. If all went according to plan, his school would come into being one day and his first child would arrive the next.

The baby boy's impending arrival had Delhagen contemplating the gravity of his role as a teacher opening a charter high school in one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods: Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri, left, and running mate Gabriela Michetti celebrate after winning a runoff presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday.

Argentina Elects Opposition Candidate As Its Next President

Mauricio Macri, the former mayor of Buenos Aires, will be the next president of Argentina, after a close election that brings the 12-year rule of the Peronist Party to an end.

As NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports, Macri's win sways the country to the right. Lourdes filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"This is a politically polarized country and it was a hotly contested race. For the first time ever in Argentina's history there was a second round of voting in a presidential election.

After their villages were overrun by ISIS last year, hundreds of Yazidis sought safety on Mount Sinjar, a place they consider miraculous. Many families, including this one, refuse to leave the mountain.

Targeted By ISIS, These Yazidis Refused To Leave Their Beloved Mountain

There's something regal about Abdi Ismail. The white-bearded paterfamilias sits cross-legged on a mattress, a scarf wrapped turban-like round his head, his children and chickens keeping a respectful distance.

Ismail's extended family lives in a tent stamped with U.N. logos. He's proud they're here.

"We didn't leave our mountain," he says. "We stayed here and we fought."

They've been eking out an existence on the rugged slopes of Iraq's Mount Sinjar since ISIS took their village of Tal Azer in summer last year.

If you cook meat too long, at too high a temperature, the chemical reaction that creates tasty flavor and aroma compounds keeps going, creating other compounds. Some of those compounds can be carcinogenic when we consume them in high-enough concentrations.

Turning Down The Heat When Cooking Meat May Reduce Cancer Risk

Remember the headlines a few weeks back, when the World Health Organization categorized red and processed meats as cancer-causing?

Turns out, the techniques you use to prepare your meat seem to play into this risk.

Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too

As we launch into Thanksgiving week, consider this: Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps — literally helps — the heart.

CNN Airs Documentary on Sexual Assault, Despite Legal Threats

CNN aired The Hunting Ground — a controversial documentary about campus sexual assaults — despite the threat of legal action.

A lawyer for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston threatened to sue CNN if it aired the film on Sunday night. It ran as scheduled.

In the film, Erica Kinsman accuses Winston of committing sexual assault during his time on the football team at Florida State University, a claim his lawyer says is defamatory.

Argentines Head To Polls To Decide Presidential Run-Off

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