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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

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

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

Syria Support Group meeting in Munich, Germany

Diplomats Aim for Temporary Syria Truce in a Week

Diplomats agreed to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short. The deal was the result of a compromise between the U.S. and Russia

Elsa and Anna, Frozen, 2013.

Frozen Musical Selects Denver for World Premiere

Attention: All flights to Arendelle must first connect through Denver. Disney’s upcoming stage musical adaptation of Frozen, which announced its plans to head to Broadway in the spring of 2018, will first make an out-of-town pit stop in Colorado

GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Campaigns In South Carolina

Cruz Ad Pulled Because It Features Porn Star

Ted Cruz released two ads attacking his Republican presidential rivals Donald Trump and Marco Rubio this week—but a revelation about one his ad's actors led that spot to be pulled from the airwaves

The Angel of Independence monument is seen near a building of HSBC in Mexico City

Families of Americans Killed in Mexico Sue HSBC

The families of four U.S. citizens who were murdered by gangs in Mexico have filed a lawsuit against the British multinational bank HSBC, claiming that the bank willfully let the cartels in question launder billions of dollars via its institutions

A sign at a road closure near an FBI and police checkpoint leading into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters near Burns, Ore., Feb. 5, 2016.

Oregon Standoff Ends as Last Occupiers Surrender

The last four protesters occupying Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have turned themselves in to federal law enforcement, bringing an end to the 40-day occupation of the refuge by an armed militia against federal land usage