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Hong Kong's Night of Violence

Violence erupted in Hong Kong after a municipal crackdown on outdoor food vendors rapidly escalated, with enraged protesters clashing with police overnight. Police responded with pepper spray, and reportedly fired warning shots into the air

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a meeting during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 5, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe - RTX1XAUU

Bloomberg Considers a Run

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed he's exploring a run for President in the midst of an unpredictable election season. "I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters," he said

Syrian Victims Of Torture

U.N. Probe Details Torture and Executions in Syria

U.N. investigators say they have collected evidence of widespread torture and execution of detainees by the regime of Bashar Assad and several antigovernment armed groups fighting in Syria, and that these acts amount to crimes against humanity

at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Straight Outta Compton" at the Microsoft Theatre on August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Zayn Malik's 'Pillowtalk' Debuts at No. 1

Zayn Malik is no stranger to topping the charts, but the U.K. singer hit the No. 1 spot on his own this week with debut single “Pillowtalk.” The sexy slow jam debuted on top the Billboard Hot 100

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (L) introduces Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif - RTX25SCX

Madeleine Albright Defends Her Hillary Clinton Remarks

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright defended her recent remarks at a Hillary Clinton rally that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” in an exclusive interview with TIME

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during on February 8, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Clinton to 'Take Stock' of Campaign After New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton said she plans to “take stock” on her campaign following what is anticipated to be a loss in New Hampshire on Tuesday, though she said she’s “very confident” of her staff. "What can we do better?" Clinton said

Angela Merkel, Ahmet Davutoglu

Germany, Turkey to Work to End Aleppo Violence

As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe

A memorial for Kayla Mueller in the Yavapai College Performance Hall Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Les Stukenberg)

ISIS Leader's Widow Charged in Kayla Mueller's Death

The wife of an ISIS leader has been charged in the death of American Kayla Mueller. Iraqi Umm Sayyaf, 25, is accused of supporting ISIS members, including her husband, Abu Sayyaf, in a "conspiracy" that resulted in Mueller's death

Facebook killer sentenced to life in prison

'Facebook Killer' Sentenced to Life in Prison

A 33-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to life behind bars in the 2013 shooting death of his wife. Derek Medina was convicted in November of killing his wife. He was nicknamed the "Facebook Killer" by Miami media outlets

Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX25GU1

Syrian Regime Hits Turning Point in War Against Rebels

The Syrian civil war reached a turning point when forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad cut a key supply line into rebel-held city of Aleppo, imperiling one of the key strongholds of the nearly five-year-old rebellion

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is seen in Washington, DC, December 22, 2015.

Chipotle Blames Sick Employees for Norovirus Outbreak

Chipotle Mexican Grill says sick employees sparked the Norovirus outbreak that sickened customers and tarnished its reputation. The chain has been working to regain its footing as a reliable fast-casual chain amid a number of health scares