The Brief

French government weekly cabinet meeting

France to Debate Extending State of Emergency

France's state of emergency may be extended from mid-January until July 15 2017, according to Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. The government will propose extending the state of emergency until summer next year to "protect" elections

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), flanked by fellow Senate Democrats, talks to journalists after the Senate Democrat party leadership elections in Washington, Nov. 16, 2016.

Inside Democrats’ Plan to Beat Trump at His Own Game

Democrats in Congress are trying a new strategy: When it comes to the economy, adopt Donald Trump's message. They have been calling for a new renewed focus on winning over blue-collar workers and floating measures on outsourcing and cheap imports


Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos Accepts Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it gave a boost to the "impossible dream" of ending his country's half-century-long civil war. Santos described the award as a "gift from heaven" and dedicated it to all Colombians,

President-elect Donald Trump reacts to supporters during a rally, Dec. 8, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Donald Trump Shuts Down 4 of His Companies

Corporate registrations in Delaware show that President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four companies that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture

Dylann Roof appears at Centralized Bond Hearing Court on June 19, 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Dylann Roof Laughed During Church Slaying Confession

Dylann Roof hesitated for about 20 seconds when an FBI agent asked him what he was doing on the night nine black church members were killed during Bible study. As he talked, he chuckled and said, "Well, I killed them, I guess"

President Barack Obama speaks on counterterrorism at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on Dec. 6, 2016.

Obama Orders 'Full Review' of Election Hacking

President Obama has directed intelligence officials to conduct a "full review" of efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, the president's Homeland Security advisor Lisa Monaco said. Monaco said the review would "capture lessons learned"

Breast Cancer Ribbon

42% Fewer U.S. Women Are Dying of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer deaths are down in many countries worldwide—but some still have major work to do. The research found that in 39 of the 47 countries studied, breast cancer death rates have declined from the 1980s to 2013


It’s About to Get Really Cold in the U.S.

Brace yourselves: Over the next seven days, a cold weather blast will cause temperatures in 80% of the United States to drop below freezing. From Montana to South Texas, the cold will sweep through more than half of continental U.S.

President-Elect Donald Trump Holds Meetings At His Trump Tower Residence In New York

Giuliani Won't Be in Trump's Cabinet

President-elect Donald Trump says Rudy Giuliani is taking himself out of consideration for a position in his administration. Giuliani, a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, was an early front-runner to be secretary of state

S. Korean President Park Pledges To Work For Strong Sanctions On N. Korea

South Korea President Impeached

South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the nation’s National Assembly, signaling an ignominious end to a term that had become mired in a corruption scandal. The nation’s Prime Minister takes over her responsibilities in the interim