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10 things you need to know today: November 24, 2013
World powers strike a deal on Iran's nuclear program, Filipinos celebrate Manny Pacquaio's victory, and more
 
President Obama announces the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear power.
President Obama announces the interim agreement on Iran's nuclear power. T.J. Kirkpatrick-Pool/Getty Images

1. Iran nuclear deal is reached
The U.S. and five other world powers struck a historic accord with Iran on Sunday, agreeing to ease some economic sanctions in exchange for Iran stopping production of near-weapons grade nuclear fuel for about six months. The interim deal will allow international powers to try to strike a permanent pact. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has since called the agreement a "historic mistake." [Wall Street Journal]

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2. Fierce winter weather turns deadly
A powerful storm system has caused hundreds of accidents and killed three across the Western U.S. It is moving toward the South and Atlantic coast, with predictions that it will unleash snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds on Wednesday, in time to disrupt Thanksgiving holiday travel. [USA TODAY]

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3. Filipinos celebrate Pacquaio's victory
Thousands of survivors of Typhoon Haiyan celebrated Sunday as Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao triumphed over American Brandon Rios in Macau in a comeback fight. Pacquiao, a national hero in his native Philippines, served as a rallying point for many survivors, many of whom lost loved ones and their homes to the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 5,200 people and left 1,600 others missing. [Washington Post]

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4. Japan, U.S. denounce China's air defense zone
Japan and the U.S. sharply criticized China's move to impose new rules on airspace over islands in the East China Sea, which are at the heart of a territorial dispute with Tokyo. China's government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established "East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone," which covers most of that sea and includes the skies over the disputed islands. [Reuters]

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5. J.C. Penney dropped from S&P 500
J.C. Penney will be dropped from the S&P 500 following its worst sales year in two decades. The retailer will be replaced by Allegion, which makes residential and commercial door locks. The change will take place after the close of trading on Nov. 29, S&P said Saturday. [Bloomberg]

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6. Anti-government protesters storm Bangkok
Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets of Thailand's capital on Sunday, demanding that the prime minister step down amid claims that her government is controlled by her older brother, ousted former Premier Thaksin Shinawatra. It is the largest such demonstration in Thailand since 2010. [Associated Press]

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7. Kerry says Iran deal isn't based on trust
On CBS's Face the Nation, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Iranian nuclear deal is based on verification, not trust with Iran. "Everybody has a right to be skeptical because there are indications that there are people in Iran who have wanted to pursue a weapons program, Kerry said. "That's why we don't take anything at face value. That's why you don't take it for granted." Kerry added that no one was expecting Iran to "turn over a new leaf." [Politico]

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8. Giant dinosaur fossil discovered
Researchers from Chicago's Field Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and North Carolina State University announced the discovery of Siats meekerorum, a dinosaur that stretched more than 30 feet long, in eastern Utah. It likely lived about 100 million years ago, weighed four tons and likely was at the very top of its prehistoric food chain, putting it above its contemporary, the Tyrannosaurus rex. [CNN]

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9. Dr. Who anniversary special draws large audience
More than 10 million people in the U.K., in addition to large numbers in the U.S., tuned in to see the special 50th anniversary episode of science-fiction TV show Doctor Who, according to overnight viewing figures. Doctor Who is the top performer on the cable channel BBC America; viewership rose 51 percent in the year ending in March. [BBC News, NBC News]

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10. Katie Couric is leaving ABC News
Katie Couric is parting ways with ABC News in favor of a new partnership she is forming with Yahoo, though no deal has been finalized. Couric, who joined ABC News in 2011, is exiting the network earlier than previously scheduled, but the fate of Katie, her syndicated daytime talk show, has yet to be determined. [Huffington Post]

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Terri is a freelance writer at TheWeek.com. She's a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, and has worked at TIME and Brides.

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