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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) looks on with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the U.S. Chief of Missions Residence during a bilateral meeting December 1, 2015.

Obama Urges Turkey and Russia to Focus on ISIS

Aiming to head off a rift between major Mideast players, President Barack Obama urged Turkey and Russia on Tuesday to set aside tensions over the downing of a Russian warplane and focus on the common priority of defeating ISIS

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (3rd L) holds up hands with (L-R) Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Patty Murray (D-WA) during a 'Women for Hillary' fundraiser November 30, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth Warren Absent From Hillary Clinton Event

All but one of the 14 female Democratic senators appeared at a Washington fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Not joining them was Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has not yet endorsed Clinton's campaign

Workers walk along aisles of goods stored inside an fulfillment centre in Hemel Hempstead, north of London, on November 25, 2015. Shops could be seeing the effect of consumers postponing purchases until "Black Friday" on November 27, a day of sales in the United States that has become increasingly popular in Britain. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

This Was the Biggest Cyber Monday Ever

Cyber Monday is on track to become the biggest online sales day in history, with total spending predicted to reach $2.98 billion. The total sales for the five days since Thanksgiving are up, totaling about $11 billion

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U.S. Marine Guilty of Killing Transgender Filipina

A U.S. Marine has been found guilty of killing a Filipina transgender woman in the Philippines last year. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl

epa05048946 US President Barack Obama (C) attends a family photo of world leaders at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) due to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December will proceed as planned, despite the terrorist attacks of 13 November. The aim is to reach an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change. EPA/IAN LANGSDON/POOL MAXPPP OUT

World Leaders Give Climate Conference Momentum

Heads of state from nearly 150 countries met in Paris in a show of support for a strong agreement to combat climate change. The speeches highlighted the urgency of addressing climate change and little in actual substance

This photo taken on Nov. 30, 2015, shows rows of U.S. dollar, euro, Chinese yuan, and Japanese yen bills.

Chinese Yuan Added to World's Leading Currencies

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese renminbi or yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies. The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound

VTech's products are seen on display at a toy store in Hong Kong, China

Hack Exposes the Information of VTech Child Users

Kid's technology maker VTech says the personal information of about 5 million of its customers and their children may have been stolen by hackers. Customers from the U.S. and 15 other countries are affected

Protestors gather outside Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse in Baltimore on Nov. 30, 2015.

Protests Erupt as First Freddie Gray Trial Begins

Protests erupted outside a Baltimore courthouse as jury selection began for the first of six police officers being tried in the high-profile death of Freddie Gray. Some of the roughly 50 protesters could be heard shouting “All night all day! We will fight for Freddie Gray!”

Trump Proposes $5 Million Fee For Debate

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump joked that he may charge CNN for appearing in the next GOP primary debate — but probably won't because he'd be called a "chicken"

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Chicago Cop Charged in Teen's Shooting Released on Bond

Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, will be released on bond after prosecutors charged him in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17. Facing first-degree murder charges, posted $150,000 to be released from Cook County Jail, 10% of the bond total