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North Dakota national guardsmen stand guard on Turtle Island watching activists and native americans at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Dec. 3, 2016.

U.S. Army Denies Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline Construction

The current Dakota Access pipeline route will be denied, the U.S. Army announced, in a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and activists against the construction. Work on the pipeline will halt for an environmental-impact study to look at alternative routes


Blaze at Top Hotel 'With No Fire Exits' in Pakistan Kills 11

At least 11 people were killed and 75 injured Monday when a fire broke out at the Regent Plaza hotel in Karachi — Pakistan's biggest city and the country's commercial hub. Karach's mayor Waseem Akhtar told media that the hotel had "no fire exits or fire alarms."

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gives a press conference focused on the shipwreck of migrants last night off the Libyan coast, on April 19, 2015 in Rome.

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi Resigns

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced he will resign after suffering a stinging loss in a reforms referendum, triggering immediate calls from a populist party and other opposition forces for elections to be held soon

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Fake News Story Led a Man to Shoot Inside a Pizza Shop

A man who said he was investigating a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place fired an assault rifle inside the Washington, D.C., restaurant injuring no one, police and news reports said


Judge Orders Michigan Recount to Begin

Michigan must begin its presidential recount at noon Monday, a federal judge ruled in a late-night order that could make it more likely the state will complete the count ahead of a Dec. 13 deadline

File photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key waveing to photographers during the APEC Summit in Lima, Peru

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Resigns

New Zealand's popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation when he announced he was resigning after eight years as leader. Key had been widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year

President-Elect Trump Holds Meetings At Trump Tower In New York

Pence Says Trump's Taiwan Call Was Just a 'Courtesy'

Mike Pence said there was nothing to read into regarding Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, calling it a "courtesy call." "I think most Americans and frankly most leaders around the world know this for what it was," he said

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally in New York. CEOs of major companies are taking stands about the results of the November 2016 U.S. election, a departure from the traditional model of not mixing politics with business that the major brands have long espoused. The men and woman who head the nation’s biggest companies know that having a hostile relationship with the incoming Trump Administration could make doing business difficult. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Threatens Tariff for Companies That Move Abroad

Donald Trump warned U.S. companies of “retribution or consequences,” such as a massive tariff, if they leave the country. In a series of tweets, Trump said companies with offshore factories would face a 35% tax on products they want to sell back in the U.S.

Workers place a plaque with the word 'Fidel' on the tomb holding the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro in the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia where he will be buried in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Dec. 4, 2016.

Fidel Castro Laid to Rest in Private Ceremony in Cuba

Fidel Castro's ashes were interred in a private ceremony, ending nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century. Thousands of people lined the 2-mile route to Santa Ifigenia cemetery, waving Cuban flags and shouting "Long live Fidel!"

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The Most Influential Images of All Time

Explore the stories behind 100 images that changed the world, selected by TIME and an international team of curators. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience