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Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre in Paris on Dec. 1, 2015.
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House to Block Climate Plan

As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants

Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the summit in New Delhi, India on Oct. 9, 2014.

Zuckerberg to Give Away 99% of Facebook Shares

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, plan to give away 99% of their Facebook shares to charity, Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. The news comes as the couple also announced the birth of their first child, a daughter named Max


India's Need for Coal Complicates Paris Summit

India's thirst for coal—the single biggest source of man-made carbon emissions—has made it a country to watch in Paris, where officials from around the world are meeting to try and hammer out a deal to slow rising global temperatures

Female Senators Hold A "Women For Hillary" Endorsement Event With The Presidential Candidate

Hillary Clinton Calls for New Civil Rights Laws

Sixty years after Rosa Parks refused to stand up on a Montgomery bus for a white man, Hillary Clinton travelled to Alabama to call for criminal justice reform and an end to restrictive voting laws

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German Cabinet Approves Military Mission Against ISIS

The German Cabinet approved plans to commit up to 1,200 soldiers to support the international coalition fighting against ISIS. Germany plans to send Tornado reconnaissance and tanker aircraft to the region, as well as a frigate


Black Pastors Press Trump on Racially Charged Rhetoric

Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times based on concerns about his blunt language

Here's What MTV Is Calling the Post-Millennial Generation

The network asked more than 1,000 kids who were born after December 2000 what they should be called, generating 544 names including the Navigators, the Regenerators, the Builders, the Bridge Generation, and the winner: the Founders

Barack Obama, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Obama Urges Turkey, Russia to Set Aside Differences

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

Riot police secure the blast scene in Istanbul, Turkey

Pipe Bomb Wounds 5 in Istanbul

A pipe bomb left on a highway overpass near an Istanbul subway station exploded, wounding five people, a local official said. The blast caused some panic in the city, which is on edge following a spate of deadly bombings in Turkey

A member loyal to the ISIL waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa

Support for ISIS Is Growing in the U.S., Report Finds

Authorities in the U.S. have arrested more than 50 people so far this year for activities related to ISIS, according to a new study, but there is still less radicalization in the U.S. than in most European countries