The Brief

This photo taken on Nov. 30, 2015, shows rows of U.S. dollar, euro, Chinese yuan, and Japanese yen bills.

Yuan for the Money

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese 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

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

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!”

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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

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives at a Board of Governors meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington on Nov. 30, 2015.

Fed Votes to Stop Bailouts of Failing Firms

Federal Reserve officials have moved to prevent the central bank from bailing out failing companies, a power it exercised during the 2008 financial crisis. The Fed governors voted 5-0 at a public meeting to downsize the Fed's emergency lending powers

Climate Change Demonstrations Take Place In Paris Ahead of COP21

200 Arrested Amid Protests at Paris Climate Talks

French police arrested over 200 people in the country's capital Paris, after protests against global warming that broke out on the sidelines of this week's climate talks turned violent, forcing police to deploy tear gas

Police keep watch over passengers at Los Angeles International Airport after the US State Department issued a worldwide travel alert warning US citizens of the heightened risks of traveling due to "increased terrorist threats" on Nov. 23, 2015.

U.S. Embassy Warns of 'Imminent Attack' in Kabul

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned American citizens of an “imminent attack” on Afghanistan’s capital. Embassy officials issued an emergency alert after receiving “credible reports” of a planned assault on Kabul within the 48 hours

Brock Osweiler

Broncos End Patriots Winning Streak 30-24

Quarterback Brock Osweiler, making his first career start in Denver, felt right at home in the snow globe that was Sports Authority Field, where the Denver Broncos handed the New England Patriots their first loss of the season, 30-24 in overtime

September 28, 2015; El Segundo, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is interviewed during media day at Toyota Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1SYIV

NBA Great Kobe Bryant Announces He Will Retire

The basketball great, who has played for the Los Angeles Lakers for two decades, wrote a poem announcing his decision. "This season is all I have left to give," the 37-year-old wrote. "My body knows it’s time to say goodbye"

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Pope Speaks at Central African Republic Mosque

Pope Francis told crowds gathered at the main mosque of Central African Republic's capital that Muslims and Christians are brothers. On a trip into the volatile neighborhood, the Pope recalled how Christians and Muslims llived together peacefully in Bangui

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.