With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris

PARIS World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming. | Video

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U.S. Embassy warns of imminent attack in Kabul

WASHINGTON The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned on Monday of an imminent attack in the Afghan capital, saying it had received credible reports of a threat within the next two days, although it had no other details.

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First police trial in Freddie Gray killing begins with jury selection

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Target website down on Cyber Monday traffic

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Philippines official confident in South China Sea arbitration case

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Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House

PARIS U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria crisis and the situation in Ukraine during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris, a White House official said.