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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to France's President Francois Hollande during their meeting in Moscow on Thursday. [Associated Press]

Hollande, on Moscow visit, calls for broad anti-ISIS coalition

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin late Thursday said he was ready to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State with the United States and its allies. After talks with French President François Hollande at the Kremlin, Putin said, "We are ready to cooperate with the coalition which is led by the United St …


White House undergoes holiday lockdown after man jumps fence (w/video)


In Africa, Pope Francis warns of 'catastrophic' outcome if interests derail climate talks


  1. Rising temperatures, invisible threats: Climate change spurs disease fears


    DALLAS — Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carrying disease.

    Microbiologist Spencer Lockwood carries a mosquito trap in Dallas. The trap is comprised of a tub for stink water, a small suction fan, a mosquito net and a small battery for powering the suction fan. [Jeremy Lock | Washington Post]
  2. Alan Gross says he thought he would be freed from Cuban jail in weeks


    Alan Gross, the former government contractor who spent five years locked up in a Cuban jail, said in his first interview since being released in a historic deal last year that he thought he'd quickly be freed once his bosses intervened.

    Alan Gross returned home to Maryland in December after spending five years imprisoned in Cuba. [Associated Press (2014)]
  3. The Latest: Protesters march in Chicago shopping district


    CHICAGO — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

    11 a.m.

    Chicago police officers line up outside the District 1 central headquarters at 17th and State streets, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, during a protest for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot and killed in October 2014 in Chicago. [Paul Beaty | Associated Press]
  4. Pope Francis calls slum conditions in Nairobi an injustice


    NAIROBI, Kenya — The pope got a taste of Kenyan slum life on Friday.

    Pope Francis arrives at the Kasarani Stadium, in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Pope Francis denounced the conditions slum-dwellers are forced to live in, saying Friday that access to safe water is a basic human right and that everyone should have dignified, adequate housing. [L'Osservatore Romano | pool photo via AP]
  5. Culinary Institute of America adds sports as key ingredient to be a true four-year college


    HYDE PARK, N.Y. — The basketball team's starting center missed the home opener because he had to work at Bocuse, the on-campus French restaurant. A 19-year-old woman was a frequent starter at striker for the men's soccer team. And two years ago, the star of the women's cross-country team missed the conference …

    Adam Belward, left, Gabrielle Smith and Robert Yoakum in class at the Culinary Institute of America. Yoakum also plays for the Steels, the CIA's basketball team.  [Damon Winter |  New York Times]