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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
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'Real Work Begins' on Climate

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 and bilateral meetings offered plenty of rhetoric highlighting the urgency of addressing climate change and little in actual substance

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

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

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!”

Saudi-Arabien Tower

World’s Tallest Tower Gets Funding in Saudi Arabia

The roughly 3,280-foot Jeddah Tower, also known as the Kingdom Tower, will have 200 floors and 59 elevators overlooking the Rea Sea when it opens in 2020. It will be the first building to exceed 1 kilometer in height

Africa Pope

Pope Francis: World Nearing Climate Change 'Suicide'

The pope said the United Nations' conference on climate change may be one of the last opportunities for countries to take steps toward avoiding a environmental catastrophe. It's "now or never," he told reporters

Jason Van Dyke

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

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Town Hall In Iowa

Trump Says 'Many' Black Pastors Endorsed Him

Donald Trump's meeting with black evangelical pastors Monday may not have happened the way his campaign initially envisioned it would, but he still says he received "many" endorsements from it

U.S. President Barack Obama attends the COP21 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, France, outside of Paris, on Nov. 30, 2015.

Obama: U.S. Embraces Climate Duty

President Obama urged more than 100 world leaders to act decisively in Paris in the coming weeks to come to a sweeping climate change agreement, marking the start of negotiations that share more consensus abroad than in the U.S

Saturday Night Live - Season 41

Adele’s 25 Debuts at No. 1 With Record-Smashing Sales

Adele’s record-shattering first-week album sales for 25 have earned her the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart. The set earned 3.48 million equivalent album units in its first week — 3.38 million of which were pure album sales.