The Brief

File photo of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet leaders before a news conference in Tunis
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Tunisia Activists Win Peace Prize

The National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize for its contributions to the Arab Spring movement. "It established an alternative, peaceful political process at a time when the country was on the brink of civil war," the committee said in its citation

House Speaker John Boehner Announces His Resignation At The Capitol

What's Next in Speaker Race

With House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's surprise withdrawal from the House Speaker race, congressional Republicans are scrambling to figure out who will be their next leader. Here are the four most likely outcomes to the contest

Palestinian youths and Israeli forces clashed in the morning

Stabbing Attacks Continue in Israel

An Israeli man stabbed four Arabs in the south of the country and a Palestinian stabbed a 14-year-old Israeli in Jerusalem police said, as spiking tensions in Jerusalem and the West Bank threatened to spread throughout Israel

Los Angeles Philharmonic's Walt Disney Concert Hall Opening Night Gala - Performance

John Williams to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

John Williams will be the first composer to receive the American Film Institute's history highest honor: the group's Life Achievement Award. In addition to composing the music for Star Wars, the 88-year-old has created the soundtracks to E.T., Jaws and many more

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting

Russian Missiles Targeted at Syria Crashed in Iran

Russian cruise missiles aimed at targets in Syria crashed in rural Iran, U.S. officials said. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Russia fired the missiles without any advance notice and criticized the action as being "unprofessional"

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U.N. Announces National Unity Government for Libya

The U.N. envoy for Libya is announcing a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks. The country has been split between an Islamist-backed government based in Tripoli and an internationally recognized government in the east

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Ebola Could Be Back in Nigeria

A man showing Ebola-like symptoms has died in Nigeria, a year after the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free. Blood samples have been sent for testing and the man's identifiable contacts quarantined

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Oklahoma Used Wrong Drug in Lethal Injection

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections used potassium acetate instead of potassium chloride as the third drug in the execution of Charles Warner by lethal injection in January, a drug combination not approved by the state's official execution protocol

Mars Once Had Lakes, New Data Confirms

New data from NASA and the Curiosity rover shows a series of lakes and streams once existed on Mars billions of years ago near where Curiosity landed. The data follows news that water may still exist on the planet

VW America CEO Testifies At House Hearing On Emissions Cheating Scandal

VW Exec. Apologizes for Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive apologized as the emissions-rigging scandal engulfing the world's largest automaker deepened and members of Congress said the company violated the public's trust. VW of America CEO Michael Horn said he felt personally deceived

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Marvel's Ant-Man Is Getting a Sequel

Marvel Studios announced that this summer’s Ant-Man will be followed up with a sequel. Ant-Man and the Wasp marks the first time a Marvel film has been named for its heroine and will be released in 2018

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FIFA’s Sepp Blatter Suspended as Swiss Probe Intensifies

The ethics committee of the soccer organization banned Blatter, FIFA vice president and UEFA president Michel Platini, and secretary general Jerome Valcke for 90 days. It also banned former vice president Chung Mong-joon for six years