By Kylie Gumpert and Alexander Besant NEW YORK (Reuters) - Spectators packed Manhattan sidewalks on Thursday to watch the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held under tight security two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris. President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Wednesday they were safe to take to roads, trains and planes over the holiday. Police walked alongside many of the parade groups and helicopters hovered overhead amid the enhanced security following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
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Most Tanzanians rely on unsafe water despite government efforts: survey
By Kizito Makoye DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Only one in three people in Tanzania has access to piped water despite government efforts to improve water supplies with most of the population still relying on unsafe water that brings the risk of disease, according to a study on Thursday. Two years after a government initiative to try to ensure better water supplies, a survey by a local governance think-tank, Twaweza, found most Tanzanians, of 64 percent, still draw water from unsafe sources such as wells and surface water. The study of 1,852 people found most people in the east African nation, or 65 percent, saw access to clean water as the major challenge facing their communities.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Americans to show generosity to Syrian refugees in a Thanksgiving message on Thursday, reminding them that the Pilgrims who came to America in 1620 were themselves fleeing persecution. Obama's plan to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria has drawn political criticism since attacks in Paris two weeks ago that killed 130 people, and which Islamic State claimed responsibility for. The United States is leading an international coalition fighting the group in Syria and Iraq.
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