The Brief

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Europe Puts Up Walls

Documents show that European Union countries are poised to enact unprecedented restrictions passport-free travel by invoking an emergency rule for two years due to the migrant crisis

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

Congress Passes New N. Korea Nuclear Sanctions

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


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

Square Inc. Begins Trading On The NYSE Following IPO

Twitter Faces Troubled Turnaround

There is now a palpable anxiety about Twitter’s future, made worse by the ten-year-old company's consistently poor stock performance. The conversation around Twitter now, among users, investors, and observers, is whether the service can be saved

Democratic Presidential Debate

Democratic Debate Focuses on Obama

There were only two Democrats on the debate stage in Milwaukee on Sunday night, but they should have brought a third podium for President Obama, with heated exchanges over his legacy reflecting how he has become a specter in the Democratic primary contest

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2 Teenagers Shot at Arizona High School

Police say two teens have been shot at a high school in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, but there is no more danger to the rest of the campus. Glendale police Officer Tracey Breeden said that she doesn't know if the victims are students

Press conference following Syria Support Group meeting in Munich, Germany

Why the Syrian Ceasefire Won't Stop Russia's Bomb Strikes

A deal reached on Syria includes a hopeful pledge for the “nationwide cessation of hostilities” within one week, but the agreement will not impede Russian bombs from continuing to pummel Syrian cities, as the U.S. and Russia disagree over how to end the war

FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke smiles during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

FIFA Bans Former Secretary General for 12 Years

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been has been banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years by the governing body's ethics committee after he was found guilty of a variety of misconduct, including personal use of private jets

Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate In Milwaukee

Clinton's Paid Wall Street Speeches Called 'Gushy'

The highly-paid speeches Hillary Clinton gave to financial institutions were "friendly" and "light," according to a new report, as Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders continues to make the speeches a campaign issue and Clinton faces growing pressure to release transcripts

Barry Manilow performs during his One Last Time. at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fl. on Feb. 5, 2016.

Barry Manilow Rushed to Hospital

Barry Manilow was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital due to complications from an earlier surgery. On top of having to cancel performances, it’s unclear if Manilow, who is nominated for his 15th Grammy, will still make an appearance at the awards show

Pope Francis at Rome's Fiumicino airport on his way to Mexico for a week-long trip, on Feb. 12, 2016. He is scheduled to stop in Cuba for an historical meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.

What to Know About Pope Francis' Historic Meeting

When the pope and the patriarch come together for the first time on Friday, one of Christianity's most enduring divisions could edge closer to becoming ancient history. The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches have been at odds for over 1,000 years