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The visiting MEPs were taken for a boat ride on the picturesque Dal lake

A group of largely right-wing European parliamentarians (MEPs) have visited Indian-administered Kashmir, prompting outrage from local politicians who have not been allowed to go.The visit has been criticised as nothing more than a PR stunt. This is the first international delegation to visit the region since August, when India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stripped the region of its autonomy, split it into two federally run territories and imposed a lockdown that lasted for weeks. On the day of their arrival, the MEPs were given a tightly controlled tour of Srinagar – the main city of the region – which included a boat ride on the picturesque Dal lake. On the same day, five civilians were killed by suspected militants in the region, while clashes with security forces were reported from about 40 locations around Srinagar. Who are the visiting MEPs?The delegation initially comprised 27 members from countries including the UK, Spain, Germany, France and Poland – although four decided not to visit the region and returned to their home countries. But the choice of parliamentarians has been seen as extraordinary by many observers. More than a third of the delegation are from openly far-right parties in Europe, which are regarded as anti-Muslim. Among them are MEPs for the Alternative For Germany (AFD) and from France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally.

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More than a third of the delegation are from openly far-right parties in Europe

This has led to a slew of criticism from Indian opposition parties including Muslim leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who questioned the point of sending “openly fascist” MEPs to the region. The EU Parliament has stressed that the visit is not an official one and the MEPs who are visiting are doing so in a personal capacity. Chris Davies, an MP from the UK’s Liberal Democrat party, said his invitation was rescinded after he expressed a wish to have unfettered access to go anywhere and speak to anyone he wanted. He later told the BBC’s Gaggan Sabherwal that he was “not prepared to take part in a PR stunt for the Modi government and pretend that all is well”. What did they do in Kashmir?The delegation was housed in a luxury hotel by the Dal lake – one of Kashmir’s principal tourist attractions – and was driven around under heavy security.They met about 15 hand-picked delegations, including traders and students, before being taken on their boat ride. Some reports pointed out that the meetings were held in a hotel next to a guest house where the state’s former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, is being held under house arrest.

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Despite the government desire to showcase normalcy, however, correspondents say that the roads were largely deserted and markets shut. The BBC’s Riyaz Masroor says that as soon as word of the visit got out, announcements were made through mosque loudspeakers that there would be “no morning shopping” to protest against the “wrong portrayal of Kashmir’s situation”. The visit coincided with the holding of examinations for Kashmiri students.”Just a day before, the timing for the exams was changed from 11 in the morning to 12:30 [pm]. Parents here believe the timing was rescheduled to ensure traffic on roads,” our correspondent adds. Why is their visit so controversial?Well, mainly because access to Kashmir has been like gold dust. Opposition politicians, including the leader of the main opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi, who tried to visit the region while it was in lockdown, were turned back at the airport.Those who have been allowed in, like former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, could only do so after approaching the Supreme Court. After returning, Mr Azad alleged he had not been allowed to move freely, and that people had been warned against speaking to him.

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There were more than 40 incidents of stone-throwing in the region on the day of the visit

“The BJP’s nationalism is strange, allowing European MPs to visit and interfere in Kashmir while Indian MPs are sent back from the airport,” Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said in a statement soon after the visit was announced.And it’s not just local politicians who have been barred. US Senator Chris Van Hollen was refused permission to visit the region earlier this month, and the United Nations has also not been allowed to send any observers or fact-finding missions there. Foreign journalists, even from news organisations based in India, have been refused permission to visit the region as well. Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez told the BBC the MEP’s visit smacked of double standards:”Embassies of EU countries in Delhi have been seeking permission to visit Kashmir for the past two-and-a-half months, but Delhi is adamant that it doesn’t want outside intervention of any manner in Kashmir. Now that Modi chose to invite his friends from the EU, how can he stop Americans, United Nations and other European countries from coming to Kashmir if they wish an unguided tour?”What does India get out of this visit?The idea seems to be an effort to control the conversation around what’s happening in the region. The government has repeatedly stressed that life is back to normal in the region.Even at the height of the lockdown, it frequently denied reports of protests – despite evidence to the contrary.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met the MEPs on Monday, said in a statement that the visit “should give the delegation a clear view of the development and government priorities of the region”.Although the move to strip the state of its semi-autonomous powers was widely welcomed in India, Kashmiris have criticised it, and there has been some international opposition, particularly from liberal lawmakers.Although there has been little outright condemnation, the EU has urged the Indian government to lift restrictions, restore internet access and free politicians and individuals detained after 5 August. The US has also just held a congressional hearing on the issue.

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Roads were largely deserted and markets shut when the delegation visited

Among the criticisms is the fact that thousands of people, including three former chief ministers of the state, have been detained. India has maintained that its actions in the region are an “internal matter”, but Pakistan in particular has made it an international issue, raising it at several high-profile forums including the UN General Assembly. Indrani Bagchi, a columnist with the Times of India, quoted sources in the government as saying that the exercise was partially meant to combat Pakistan, which regularly “ferries international diplomats to influence opinion against India”.However, some analysts say the choice of MEPs could work against India in this regard.David Devdas, writing for the Wire website, said: “Since most of the Members of European Parliament chosen for a trip to Kashmir belong to relatively xenophobic political groups in their countries, their endorsement may actually turn out to be counter-productive.”

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All the best Black Friday deals you can shop at Amazon right now

(CNN) —   Today’s the day. Black Friday is here, and so are incredible savings on products across all categories at Amazon. The mega retailer is rolling out deals upon deals on everything from giftable favorites to every-day necessities. With so many sales to choose from, we’re here to make your Amazon shopping a cinch.…

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Today’s the day. Black Friday is here, and so are incredible savings on products across all categories at Amazon. The mega retailer is rolling out deals upon deals on everything from giftable favorites to every-day necessities.

With so many sales to choose from, we’re here to make your Amazon shopping a cinch. Below, we’ve rounded up the biggest and best of the Amazon deals. Stuff will start selling out quick, so don’t wait to cash in on the once-a-year savings.

Below, find the best deals happening at Amazon. Keep in mind, some deals will only last for one day or until sold out, so if you see something you like, act fast. And if today’s not your day, don’t fret; the Underscored team will be staying on top of Amazon’s limited-time deals all week long. Look out for updates each day brand new sales and savings tomorrow and beyond.

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener ($16.98, originally $39.98; amazon.com)

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MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

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If you’re looking to upgrade your garage door opener (and honestly, who isn’t?) the MyQ smart garage door opener is beloved by shoppers. Through an app on your phone, you can open or close your garage door from anywhere, and you can add up to three people with the app too, which is ideal for families.

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Apple Airpods Pro ($169, originally $249; amazon.com)

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AirPods Pro are at the top of many peoples’ wish lists, and right now, you can get a pair for the lowest price we’ve seen at Amazon (discount is applied at checkout). You can also snag AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $149.99 and the version with a wired charging case for the respectable price of $119. Supply is limited, so you’ll need to check back if they are out of stock.

There are also deals going on for the Airpods below:

AirPods With Charging Case ($119, originally $159; amazon.com)

AirPods With Wireless Charging Case ($149.99, originally $199; amazon.com)

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Ring Video Doorbells (starting at $69.99; amazon.com)

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Ring Video Doorbells

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Two of Ring’s newest video doorbells in both silver and bronze are marked down. They feature 1080p HD video, super-easy installation and improved motion detection, so you’ll always know when someone is at your door.

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Echo Flex ($9.99, originally $24.99; amazon.com)

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The tiny Echo Flex allows you to add a smart speaker to even the smallest of rooms, and right now, it’s down to the miniscule price of just $9.99. Just plug it into an outlet, and Alexa is at your service.

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Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack ($24.10, originally $31.97; amazon.com)

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Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack

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You can never have too many batteries on hand. This combo pack from Energizer has a total of 48 AA and AAA batteries to power tons of your devices.

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Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-Pack ($26.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)

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Make any outlet in your home smart with this four-pack of Kasa smart plugs by TP-Link. They work with both Alexa and Google Home Assistant and are incredibly easy to set up.

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Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair ($319.99, originally $395; amazon.com)

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Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair

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Our top pick for best office chair is now down to its lowest price ever. It’s one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market.

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Trtl Travel Pillow ($18, originally $39.99; amazon.com)

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Even if you’re not taking trips right now, you should still consider investing in this bestselling travel pillow. It’s made with super soft fleece and features an internal support that allows you to comfortably rest your head. Don’t forget to clip the on-page coupon for an extra 25% off.

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Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($15.99, originally $19.99; amazon.com)

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Whipping up half a dozen eggs has never been easier. This Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can hard boil, soft boil, poach, scramble and make omelets. Plus, it only weighs 1 pound and won’t take up too much counter space.

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LifeStraw ($12.97, originally $19.95; amazon.com)

A must-have for camping, hiking and even traveling, the LifeStraw ensures you always have access to clean water with its built-in filter you can drink right out of.

Echo Flex ($9.99, originally $24.99; amazon.com)

Echo Flex

The tiny Echo Flex allows you to add a smart speaker to even the smallest of rooms, and right now, it’s down to the miniscule price of just $9.99. Just plug it into an outlet, and Alexa is at your service.

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4th-Gen Echo Dot ($28.99, originally $49.99; amazon.com)

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4th Gen Echo Dot

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The recently released fourth-generation Echo Dot, which features a new spherical shape, is on sale for the first time for Black Friday. Get yours for just $28.99 if you want the base model, or pay $10 more (still a great discount) the Echo Dot with Clock or the Kids Edition.

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Ring Video Doorbells (starting at $69.99; amazon.com)

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Two of Ring’s newest video doorbells in both silver and bronze are marked down. They feature 1080p HD video, super-easy installation and improved motion detection, so you’ll always know when someone is at your door.

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Echo Show 8 ($64.99, originally $129.99; amazon.com)

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Echo Show 8

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Now’s the time to add an Echo Show 8 to your home. The smart display is back down to its lowest price ever in both charcoal and sandstone colorways.

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Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus ($74.99, originally $109.99; amazon.com)

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Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus

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Our budget pick for best tablet, the Fire HD Tablet 8 Plus is now back down to its lowest price ever. It can handle a fairly comprehensive range of everyday tasks, including streaming, e-reading and even some light gaming.

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Blink Mini ($24.99, originally $34.99; amazon.com)

Blink Mini

Up your home’s security with this smart, compact Blink Mini indoor smart security camera. It features two-way audio and motion detection, meaning you can opt to get alerts on your smartphone whenever there’s movement in your customized zones.

Apple Airpods Pro ($169, originally $249; amazon.com)

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AirPods Pro are at the top of many peoples’ wish lists, and right now, you can get a pair for the lowest price we’ve seen at Amazon (discount is applied at checkout). You can also snag AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for $149.99 and the version with a wired charging case for the respectable price of $119.

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Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack ($24.10, originally $31.97; amazon.com)

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Energizer Max AA + AAA Batteries Combo Pack

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You can never have too many batteries on hand. This combo pack from Energizer has a total of 48 AA and AAA batteries to power tons of your devices.

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Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-Pack ($26.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)

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Kasa Smart Plugs, 4-pack

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Make any outlet in your home smart with this four-pack of Kasa smart plugs by TP-Link. They work with both Alexa and Google Home Assistant and are incredibly easy to set up.

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Sony WH1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones ($278, originally $349.99; amazon.com)

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Sony WH1000XM4 Over-Ear Headphones

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These Sony headphones were named Underscored’s pick for best overall over-ear headphones, and for Black Friday, they’re back down to just $278, the lowest price we’ve seen. In our opinion, they’re truly top-notch when it comes to sound quality, comfort, battery life and noise cancellation.

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Roku Ultra Media Streaming Player ($69, originally $99.99; amazon.com)

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Roku Ultra Media Streaming Player

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Our favorite streaming device, the Roku Ultra, is now available for about $30 off its usual price. The recently updated player is faster than the previous version, and it features Dolby Vision HDR support and improved Wi-Fi performance.

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Tile Trackers (starting at $17.99; amazon.com)

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Tile Trackers

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If you’re prone to losing your keys or wallet, pay attention to this deal on a couple Tile Trackers. You’ll find savings of up to 28% on the Tile Mate, which easily hooks onto your key ring, and Tile Slim, which fits into your wallet like a credit card.

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Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight ($22.99, originally $29.99; amazon.com)

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Anker Rechargeable Bolder LC90 LED Flashlight

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It’s never a bad idea to have a flashlight on hand. This super bright one from Anker features 900 lumens and reaches the length of two football fields.

Instant Pot Ultra (starting at $99.99; amazon.com)

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The magical 10-in-1 pressure cooker from Instant Pot is on sale so you can cook, steam, warm and so much more for less. Both the 6-quart and 8-quart versions are discounted so you can whip up meals in a jiffy, no matter your family size.

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Shark Vacuums (starting at $119.99; amazon.com)

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Shark Vacuums

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Shark Vacuums can help you clean up all your holiday messes with 45% off both a robot and corded vacuum. Packed with self-cleaning technology along with being WiFi- and Alexa-enabled, leave the cleaning to the robots with Shark’s smart vacuum (they’re probably better at it than you anyway).

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LifeStraw ($12.97, originally $19.95; amazon.com)

A must-have for camping, hiking and even traveling, the LifeStraw ensures you always have access to clean water with its built-in filter you can drink right out of.

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Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair ($319.99, originally $395; amazon.com)

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Steelcase Series 1 Work Office Chair

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Our top pick for best office chair is now down to its lowest price ever. It’s one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market.

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MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener ($16.98, originally $39.98; amazon.com)

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener

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If you’re looking to upgrade your garage door opener (and honestly, who isn’t?) the MyQ smart garage door opener is beloved by shoppers. Through an app on your phone, you can open or close your garage door from anywhere, and you can add up to three people with the app too, which is ideal for families.

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Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook ($20.55, originally $34; amazon.com)

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Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook

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This is the last notebook you’ll ever need to buy. Rocketbooks are reusable, so when its 32 pages are full, just wipe it clean with a damp cloth and get back to writing. Not to mention, you can import your handwritten notes into a number of popular cloud services, so they’ll never be lost.

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Trtl Travel Pillow ($18, originally $39.99; amazon.com)

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Even if you’re not taking trips right now, you should still consider investing in this bestselling travel pillow. It’s made with super soft fleece and features an internal support that allows you to comfortably rest your head. Don’t forget to clip the on-page coupon for an extra 25% off.

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Dash Rapid Egg Cooker ($15.99, originally $19.99; amazon.com)

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Whipping up half a dozen eggs has never been easier. This Dash Rapid Egg Cooker can hard boil, soft boil, poach, scramble and make omelets. Plus, it only weighs 1 pound and won’t take up too much counter space.

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23andMe ($99, originally $199; amazon.com)

23andMe

Always wanted to know your family’s ancestry? This 50% off deal on 23andMe lets you do just that, with a detailed report on not only your lineage but your health predispositions, carrier statuses and more.

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Bissell MyAir Purifier ($69.99, originally $89.99; amazon.com)

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Bissell MyAir Purifier

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Between the California wildfires and the fact that we’re now dealing with an airborne virus, air purifiers have skyrocketed to mass popularity this year. This one can rid the air 99.7% of air particles, making it effective in capturing dust, pollen, smoke and pet dander. It’s also quite small so you can easily place it under your bedside table or even on top of your kitchen counter.

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Amazon’s own in-house brands like Daily Ritual, Goodthreads and Amazon Essentials have become fashion lines in their own right, and right now, you can get up to 30% off on styles for men and women. Tons of cold-weather clothes are discounted so you can bundle up and stay warm as the temperatures dip.

Haggar apparel (starting at $8.68; amazon.com)

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Haggar, known for its menswear, is seriously discounting its line of men’s pants, with up to 65% shaved off some of its most popular pairs, from jeans to dress pants and khakis.

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Under Armour (starting at $7.88; amazon.com)

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The performance brand is discounting tons of its goods — leggings, hoodies, socks, T-shirts — this Black Friday, with up to 25% off. That means you can now get its top-rated leggings (for men and women) for just around $20 and backpacks and workout bags now for around $30.

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‘Black Beauty’ reimagines the classic horse story

“A mustang’s spirit can never be broken,” the wild horse of the title, whose thoughts are voiced by Kate Winslet, says at the outset, a statement that will be tested over the course of the movie.Previously adapted in 1971 and 1994, Anna Sewell’s book has become a children’s literary classic, and the central girl-and-her-horse story…

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“A mustang’s spirit can never be broken,” the wild horse of the title, whose thoughts are voiced by Kate Winslet, says at the outset, a statement that will be tested over the course of the movie.

Previously adapted in 1971 and 1994, Anna Sewell’s book has become a children’s literary classic, and the central girl-and-her-horse story dovetails with the brand for Disney+ — another entry for the kid-and-animal live-action bin, dating back to “Old Yeller.” Small wonder the streaming service acquired the completed film, which would have been a tough sell theatrically.

The narrative, however, moves at a pace much closer to a trot than a gallop, as the horse is caught and turned over to trainer John Manly (“Game of Thrones'” Iain Glen), a taciturn fellow who soon receives another new arrival: His recently orphaned teenage niece, Jo (Mackenzie Foy).

Both outsiders, the bond between the girl and the horse as executed here by writer-director Ashley Avis brings to mind “The Black Stallion,” including a shot of the two running along the beach that seems like an homage to it.

The story comes up a bit lame, alas, when Jo and Beauty move to a farm owned by a wealthy family, prompting the imperious matriarch (Claire Forlani) to snap “Our son’s fraternizing with the help” when their dreamy kid (Calam Lynch) begins spending time with Jo.

Beauty’s struggles don’t end there, as her move to the city exposes more of the mistreatment that horses endure in captivity, prompting her to ask in the narration, “How could some people not understand that horses can feel what they do?”

As well-intentioned as the film appears to be, it’s ultimately too inert, even with the changes, to make this familiar story leap off the page. “Black Beauty” isn’t bad, exactly, but rather the kind of flavorless fare that underscores how hard really good family viewing is to corral.

“Black Beauty” premieres Nov. 27 on Disney+.

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The best Black Friday vacuum sales and deals

(CNN) —   If it’s time to give your tired vacuum an upgrade, Black Friday is the time to do it, with deals on top brands like Dyson, Roomba, Hoover and more across a number of sites, from the brands’ own to retailers like Amazon and Target. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals…

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If it’s time to give your tired vacuum an upgrade, Black Friday is the time to do it, with deals on top brands like Dyson, Roomba, Hoover and more across a number of sites, from the brands’ own to retailers like Amazon and Target. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals on brand favorites running now through Black Friday — read on (and shop them) below.

These robotic vacuums by iRobot are majorly discounted on the brand’s website from November 19 all the way through December 5, giving you plenty of time to figure out what meets your household needs the most. One of our favorites? The Roomba i3+, which is on sale for $399.99, down from $599.99. It boasts a sleek-looking docking station that allows the vacuum to empty itself (you read that right), plus the ability to control your cleaning via the app or your preferred voice assistant.

Models are also on sale over at Target from November 22 through 28, with $120 off the brand’s 675 model. The e5 is also on sale for $249.99, down from $349.99.

Wayfair also has the Roomba 614 Robot Vacuum discounted down to $199.99, down from the originally $251.99.

  • Retailer(s): Shark (up to $75 off); Target (up to 50% off)

When it comes to getting the best range of deals, head straight to the brand’s website, which is currently offering a tiered slate of discounts on its vacuums. While some exclusions apply, you can find some great deals on handheld, upright and cordless vacuums, thanks to some magic discount codes: $20 off orders $100 or more (use SAVE20 at checkout), $45 off orders $200 or more (SAVE45) and $75 off orders $300 or more (SAVE75).

The Shark ION R76, one of the brand’s robotic models, will be on sale for $149.99, down from $299.99 at Target from November 22 through 28. Enabled with Wi-Fi to let you set the cleaning schedule, it picks up pet hair while steering clear of furniture and has three types of brushes for a super-clean scrub.

  • Retailer(s): Dyson (more than 30% off); Amazon (up to 25% off); Target (more than 40% off)

Dyson’s vacuums might be on the pricier side, but those who have ‘em love ‘em. Save big on select makes and models during the brand’s Black Friday deals, which span most major retailers as well as dyson.com.

Starting Sunday, November 21, at Amazon, you’ll be able to take $150 off the brand’s cord-free V10 Animal vacuum, which has incredible deep-cleaning suction, up to 60 minutes of run time and filtration that captures 99.99% of all particles, dust and allergens.

If you head over to dyson.com, you’ll also be able to take $150 off Dyson’s V8 Absolute cord-free vacuum, a lean, mean cleaning machine that converts to a handheld and comes with a ton of attachments to get every last dust bunny out from your home.

The vacuums will also be on sale at Target, with its Slim Ball Animal Upright Vacuum on sale November 22 through 28 for $199.99 instead of its usual $349.99. It has a super-maneuverable, self-adjusting head that means it detects the right level of cleaning for whatever floor type you have, without you having to do a thing — and it’s bagless, which eliminates one more step from your process.

  • Retailer(s): Target (more than 35% off)

Head to Target for big savings on one of Black & Decker’s best-known models. The iconic Dustbuster Hand Vacuum (the one you grew up with, but better) is $24.99 instead of $39.99 while Target’s Black Friday deals run from November 22 to 28. It’s a lifesaver for the little spills that come with the holidays’ flurry of cooking, baking and crafting — and it has a brush for the inevitable crumbs on the couch too.

  • Retailer(s): Amazon (up to 40% off)

Anker’s robotic vacuums are well loved and deliver when it comes to performance. There are some great deals on Eufy vacuums going on over at Amazon during the holidays, with models like the BoostIQ RoboVac 30c on sale for $179.99 instead of the usual $299.99 — a discount of $120 that’s pretty hard to say no to (in our humble opinion). Perfect for floors from hard laminate to medium-pile carpet, this dirt-sucker-upper works with Alexa, has 100 minutes of cleaning time and doesn’t sound any louder than your microwave.

The brand’s G30 is also on sale, marked down from $319.99 to $229.99. Beyond the ability to intelligently navigate (and hoover) your home, it has 2000Pa of suction to get every last crumb, hair and dust bunny off the floor, plus an automatically triggered BoostIQ to kick the vacuum into hard drive (aka 1.5x its normal cleaning power) when the vacuum senses it’s needed.

  • Retailer(s): Target (more than 50% off)

Hoover makes great midprice vacuums perfect for everyday cleaning, and there are some great deals going on at Target on the brand’s top-rated cleaners from November 22 through 28. The Hoover WindTunnel Air Steerable Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner is $110 off, marked down to $79.99 from $189.99. The vacuum has a 30-foot power cord to go from room to room easily, plus easy-to-navigate steering and tech that blocks 99% of allergens.

  • Retailer(s): Target (more than 15% off)

Dirt Devil’s known for great vacuum cleaners at a wallet-friendly price, and those prices get even lower with some of the deals going on right now at retailers like Target.

The brand’s bagless Endura Express is $49.99 instead of $59.99 and can grab dirt off hard floors as well as carpets, thanks to a multi-floor brushroll and CleanPath suction tech.

Head on over to Bissell’s website to save big on some of the brand’s best-loved models from November 25 to 28. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY20 to take 10% off pretty much everything on the site on orders under $50. If you’re up for spending a little more, then you can get 15% off when you spend $50 to $149.99 — and 25% off orders over $150.

There are just a few exceptions to the sale, though they shouldn’t limit your choices too much: the Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Rewind Vacuum, the CrossWave Multisurface Wet and Dry Vac, the ProHeat 2X Revolution Carpet Cleaner, the TurboClean PowerBrush Pet and the Big Green Professional Carpet Cleaner.

From November 21 through 28, several Bissel models are also on sale at Target, and they’re great for a whole range of cleaning needs. Deep cleaning? Check out the ProHeat portable deep cleaner, on sale for $89.99, down from $119.99. For more balanced wet/dry action, check out the CrossWave cordless wet/dry vacuum for an all-in-one, get-it-done machine — it’s on sale for $349.99 instead of $399.99.

Tineco has some seriously innovative cleaning tech and will be offering up to $190 off on bestbuy.com beginning November 22 and running until November 28. You can save big on the cordless Tineco A10 Tango Stick Vacuum, which will be $179.99 instead of its regular price of $249.99 — it’s a great pick for everyday cleaning and weighs in at a lightweight 5 pounds. Or take care of two jobs in one with the Tineco Floor One S3 Cordless Hard Floor Cleaner Wet Dry Vacuum, on sale at Best Buy for $279.99, down from $399.99. It washes and vacuums your hard floors at the same time, plus it has a handy LED screen that changes color to let you know when the floor is totally dirt-free (goals, no?).

Tineco’s also on sale at Walmart from November 30 to December 5, with models like the Pure One S11 Spartan available for $219.99, down from $299.99. This cordless vac has a 450-watt motor and a design that converts to a hand vac for getting every nook and cranny of your house. Plus, it has a high-tech display that monitors suction and battery usage and gives you real-time cleaning feedback too.

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