The Brief

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev chairs conference on higher budget spending efficiency
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Explosion on airliner in Somalia

Al Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somalia Plane Bomb

Islamic extremist group al Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a passenger plane earlier this month in Somalia that blew a hole in the fuselage and sucked out the suspected instigator. The claim was not immediately verified by investigators

air pollution deaths

Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million People a Year

More than 5.5 million people die annually due to both outdoor and household air pollution, making it one of the leading global risk factors for disease, according to new research suggesting the number of deaths will continue to rise

Rapper / Producer Dr. Dre attends the Kids In The Spotlight's Movies By Kids, For Kids Film Awards at Fox Studios on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Apple's 1st Scripted TV Show to Feature Dr. Dre

Apple is making its first original television show: a top-secret scripted series starring one of its own executives, Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dre, according to a report. The six-episode series is dubbed Vital Signs

Syrian refugees arrive port of Piraeus

Refugees Arriving Faster in Europe in 2016

80,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by boat during the first six weeks of 2016, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) announced, more than during the first four months of last year

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, left, and Pope Francis talk during their meeting at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. This is the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity. (Adalberto Roque/Pool photo via AP)

Pope Francis Meets Russian Orthodox Leader

With a hug and an exclamation of "Finally!" Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity

Mother can raise child with microcephaly completely normal, a Brazilian mother says

WHO Issues Zika Travel Advisory for Pregnant Women

The World Health Organization released updated travel advice related to Zika for pregnant women and their sexual partners, saying women who are pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their health care provider and consider delaying travel to Zika areas

Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz, arrives in the courtroom before his trial in Detmold

Inside One of the Last Nazi Death Camp Trials

The first days of the trial of 94-year-old alleged Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning show the anger that still remains over the death camps. Hanning is charged with accessory to murder in at least 170,000 deaths

Jenrry Mejia at Nationals Park on July 21, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Mets Pitcher Permanently Suspended for Steroid Use

New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been permanently suspended by Major League Baseball for his third performance-enhancing substance violation. Mejia tested positive for Boldenone, an anabolic steroid, according to the MLB announcement

The Capitol, seat of the United States Congress, Washington DC, District of Columbia.

Congress Passes New N. Korea Nuclear Sanctions

Congress is sending President Obama legislation that aims to punish North Korea for pushing ahead with its nuclear weapons program. House Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly agreed to slap Pyongyang with more stringent sanctions