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North Dakota national guardsmen stand guard on Turtle Island watching activists and native americans at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Dec. 3, 2016.
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Pipeline Route Denied

The current Dakota Access pipeline route will be denied, the U.S. Army announced, in a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and activists against the construction. Work on the pipeline will halt for an environmental impact study to look at alternative routes

Warehouse Party Fire

Teens, Music Makers Among Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims

Teenagers, the son of a local sheriff's deputy and young artists are among the dozens of people who died when a fire broke out at an underground dance party in a warehouse. Authorities have recovered 33 bodies, with the toll expected to rise

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gives a press conference focused on the shipwreck of migrants last night off the Libyan coast, on April 19, 2015 in Rome.

Italian Premier Quits After Losing Reforms Referendum

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi announced he will resign Monday after suffering a stinging loss in a reforms referendum, triggering immediate calls from a populist party and other opposition forces for elections to be held soon

President-Elect Trump Holds Meetings At Trump Tower In New York

Pence Says Trump's Taiwan Call Was Just a 'Courtesy'

Mike Pence said there was nothing to read into regarding Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, calling it a "courtesy call." "I think most Americans and frankly most leaders around the world know this for what it was," he said


Syrian Army Tells Rebels in Aleppo to Leave or Die

The Syrian army ordered rebels in Aleppo to leave the city or face "inevitable death," as a series of airstrikes on the neighboring Idlib province killed at least 50 people, including several children. Rebel defenses have buckled after months of siege

File photo of New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key waveing to photographers during the APEC Summit in Lima, Peru

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key Resigns

New Zealand's popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation when he announced he was resigning after eight years as leader. Key had been widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally in New York. CEOs of major companies are taking stands about the results of the November 2016 U.S. election, a departure from the traditional model of not mixing politics with business that the major brands have long espoused. The men and woman who head the nation’s biggest companies know that having a hostile relationship with the incoming Trump Administration could make doing business difficult. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Trump Threatens Tariff For Companies That Move Abroad

Donald Trump warned U.S. companies of “retribution or consequences,” such as a massive tariff, if they leave the country. In a series of tweets, Trump said companies with offshore factories would face a 35% tax on products they want to sell back in the U.S.

Workers place a plaque with the word 'Fidel' on the tomb holding the remains of former Cuban President Fidel Castro in the Cementerio Santa Ifigenia where he will be buried in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Dec. 4, 2016.

Fidel Castro Laid to Rest in Private Ceremony in Cuba

Fidel Castro's ashes were interred in a private ceremony, ending nine days of mourning for the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century. Thousands of people lined the 2-mile route to Santa Ifigenia cemetery, waving Cuban flags and shouting "Long live Fidel!"

Charleston Shooting

Dylann Roof Asks for Lawyers Back on Death Penalty Case

The white man charged with the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church asked a judge if he could have his defense team back temporarily. "I would like to ask if my lawyers can represent me for the guilt phase of the trial only"

Austria Presidential Election

Left-Leaning Candidate Wins Austrian Presidential Polls

Alexander Van der Bellen, who preached moderation and tolerance, won Austria's presidential election over right-wing populist Norbert Hofer. The vote was seen as an indicator of how well euroskeptic candidates will do elsewhere in the EU next year


Duterte Says Trump Endorsed Deadly War on Drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump commended him in a phone call for conducting his brutal war on drugs "the right way." “He said that, well, we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” said Duterte

100 Photos

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The Most Influential Images of All Time

Explore the stories behind 100 images that changed the world, selected by TIME and an international team of curators. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience