Soerjanto Tjahjono, chief of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee, holds a model plane during a news conference announcing the result of their investigation on the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 into the Java Sea last year, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Rudder problem, pilot actions led to Indonesia AirAsia crash

Last year’s crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia killed all 162 people on board.

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Votes in Congress move to undercut climate pledge

It was a provocative message to more than 100 leaders that the president doesn’t have the full support of his government on climate policy.

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Burkina Faso has first democratic handover of power since 1960

Roch Marc Christian Kabore won the vote in nearly 75 percent of precincts throughout the country.

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 Secretary of State John Kerry, center, waits for the start of a round table meeting of Resolute Support at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday.

U.S., NATO allies concerned by Russia, but seek its help

The United States and its NATO allies struggled Tuesday to come up with a clear message to send Russia at a time of conflicting concerns.

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World Briefs: Brazil’s GDP drops by 4.5 percent

Plus: U.S. Marine found guilty; ex-president sentenced; Mexico passageway eyed; leader allied with IS killed; AU general pleas; and more.

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 Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iraqi forces surround Ramadi, but it could be a long siege

The developments came as the Pentagon prepared to expand its Special Operations force in Iraq.

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 Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held aboard the flight on the way back to the Italy, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis traveled to Africa for a six-day visit that took him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope’s mosque visit raises peace hopes

The move almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christians.

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Putin sides with Obama’s views, snubs Erdogan

Meanwhile, British leader David Cameron called a vote for Wednesday on extending British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

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Chinese currency reaches IMF milestone

The IMF will add the yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the strides China has made.

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World briefs: Embassy warns of Kabul attack

Plus: Israel convicts 2 teens, N. Ireland abortion law, Iraq prepares for attack, Missile unsucessful

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 President Barack Obama, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, front row third from right, applaud as they pose with world leaders for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, today.

World leaders meet in Paris for climate talks

The U.N.-organized gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France.

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EU expects ‘immediate’ clampdown on migrants in deal with Turkey

Turkey will receive $3.2 billion in additional aid for the more than 2 million Syrian refugees in the country as part of the deal.

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 Pope Francis caresses a baby as he visits a refugee camp Sunday in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

He issued the appeal from the altar of Bangui’s cathedral after arriving in the badly divided capital on the final leg of his African tour.

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Cameron steps up preparations for vote on bombing Syria

Elsewhere, at least 18 civilians were killed Sunday in Syrian airstrikes while U.S. strikes helped Iraqi forces make significant progress.

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World briefs: Burkina Faso counts ballots for elections

PLUS: Israel protests EU decision; Cyprus issue near solution; Beijing’s pollution levels

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 France's President Francois Hollande, right, shakes hand with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

World leaders open Paris climate talks

Diplomats optimistic that landmark gathering could produce successful deal after string of failures.

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 Efrat Ayal Hatchwell talks about her theater program, which works out of the YMCA Jerusalem and is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.

Mideast film project aims at bridging divisions

A Jerusalem program that puts young Jews and Palestinians together, to make films, seeks a Pittsburgh partner.

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 Turkish soldiers check tanks at the train station in Gaziantep after their arrival Friday from western Turkey. Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. The tanks are expected to be deployed to the border with Syria.

Putin orders extensive sanctions against Turkey over downing of jet

The decree Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident.

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 Police use teargas Saturday in Istanbul to disperse masked militants protesting the killing of Tahir Elci, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who had been facing a prison term on charges of supporting Kurdish rebels.

Prominent Kurdish lawyer slain by gunmen in Turkey

Tahir Elci, the president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, and a police officer were killed by gunmen who opened fire at security forces.

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 French President Francois Hollande, holds a news conference after the Climate Change special session held during CHOGM (Commonwealth heads of Government meeting) in Malta on Friday.

Hollande, activists gear up for climate conference

President Barack Obama, the leaders of China, Russia and more than 140 other countries will converge on Paris to launch high-stakes talks.

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Attack kills 3 at U.N. base in Mali

No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country’s restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected.

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U.K. minister resigns over the death of activist

Grant Shapps was a key figure in U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s general election victory in May.

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Pope visits a divided Central African Republic

The capital of this long-chaotic country of 4.8 million exploded in fury nearly two years ago, leaving thousands dead.

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 A sign in Beijing’s main airport reminds Chinese to be civilized travelers, saying they “represent China’s image” when they go overseas. The Social Credit System is designed to incentivize better behavior and punish poor behavior across a range of dimensions, from school to work to travel to driving.

China prepares to rank its citizens on ‘social credit’

Proponents of the so-called Social Credit System say it will help China overcome a multitude of societal ills.

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National briefs: U.S. midsection to get relief from storm

Plus: Carson sees refugee camp; Neiman Marcus problem; Corruption museum planned for Albany; Pacific storm dissipates.

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World briefs: Migrants clash with Macedonian police on Greek border

Plus: Militants claim Nigeria bombing; Philippines gets warplanes; Mass graves found in Iraq; Maldives protesters dispersed

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Pope arrives in Uganda, calls Africa ‘continent of hope’

Follows his visit to Kenya’s slums

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 French President Francois Hollande attends a ceremony Friday in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris to honor the 130 victims killed in the Nov. 13 attacks in the city.

France commemorates terror victims

Solemn ceremony held two weeks after 130 killed.

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World briefs: Two arrested in Mali attack that killed 19

Plus: IS affiliate claims attack, Philippines seeks art, Russia won’t fight ban, Activist gets 6 years

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Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation

The presidents of the two countries will work together to fight against the Islamic State group.

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 A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he meets with Sahle-Work Zewde, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, upon his arrival Thursday at the U.N. regional office in Kenya.

Pope says youth should not be ‘radicalized’ to spread terror

On his first day in Africa, Pope Francis focused on the recent terrorist attacks and held an interfaith meeting.

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 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk to each other as they arrive for a group photo at the France-Oceania summit on the sideline of the Climate Change conference, which starts this week.

Despite terror alert, France gears up for climate talks

Two weeks after the attacks in Paris, France faces a big security challenge, a global mega-conference on climate change.

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Russian-Turkish tensions high over downed warplane

Turkish officials say they had no reason to apologize.

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World briefs: Mali arrests two suspects linked to hotel attack

Plus: China to revamp military, prime minister says Britons ‘not happy’

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 British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the House of Commons in London today, arguing the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria.

Britain's Cameron says time to bomb militants in Syria

Many Britons are wary of entering into another war in the Middle East.

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 An Indian man rests in front of an air cooler in May to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

U.N. agency: 2015 is hottest year on record

The agency’s chief, Michel Jarraud, said it is likely that the world has now warmed by 1 degree Celsius over pre-industrial times.

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Russia, Kiev trade war worsens as services cut

Following a blackout in Crimea prompted by an explosion, the two countries have traded punitive measures with little restraint.

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Pope Francis starts Africa trip despite security concerns

Pop brings peace message to Africa amid security fears.

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 A Belgium army soldier walks through the Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert today in Brussels.

Brussels terror threat level cut amid raids across Belgium

The prime minister said the cut to level 3 -- the same as the rest of the country -- shows the risk of a terror attack “remains serious.”

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Tensions rise after plane’s downing

Russia said Turkey may have planned the downing of one of its warplanes near the Syrian border.

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World briefs: IS claims it bombed bus in Tunisia

PLUS: Taliban leader killed; Hurricane nears Mexico; Myanmar search ends; S. Korea nuclear pact.

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 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

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 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

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Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

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Multiple errors cited in U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital

The military is expected to give details on the findings of the investigation at a news conference today.

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Brussels prepares to ease security lockdown, but attack fears stay high

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris revealed that the alleged Nov. 13 ringleader planned to blow himself up in the capital’s largest district.

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Haiti officially declares presidential contenders; announcement spurs protest

Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin, the former head of the state construction company, in a Dec. 27 runoff.

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Ukraine starts Crimea power repairs as Russia weighs retaliation

The dispute lays bare the conflict between the former Soviet states amid a separatist war that’s hammered Ukraine’s economy.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday before their meeting in Jerusalem.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions.

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