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U.S. Marines Declare 5 Service Members Dead, Ending Search After 'Aviation Mishap'

The decision Tuesday follows five days of search and rescue efforts off the coast of Japan, following an accident last week that involved seven crew members. Only one Marine ultimately survived.

Time magazine is printing four covers for its "Person of the Year" issue, featuring Jamal Khashoggi, top left, members of the Capital Gazette newspaper staff, top right, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (via their wives), bottom left, and Maria Ressa. Time Magazine/AP hide caption

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'Time' Person Of The Year For 2018: Journalists Under Attack In 'War On Truth'

Time calls them "guardians" in a struggle against lies and misinformation that has pit news agencies against political groups and governments.

More Americans would prefer that President Trump compromise on funding for his border wall rather than risk a government shutdown, a new poll finds. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Poll: Americans Want Trump To Compromise On Border Wall Amid Possible Shutdown

Fifty-seven percent don't think demanding funding for the wall is worth the gridlock, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll finds. Many do not consider the wall a top priority for the next Congress, either.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a special address to the nation on Monday, his first public comments after four weeks of nationwide "yellow vest" (gilet jaune) protests. Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Macron Promises Minimum Wage Hike And Tax Cuts To End 'Yellow Vest' Protests

In a speech on Monday, France's president declared "a state of social and economic emergency," offering some concessions to his critics. Among them, tax relief for the middle class and pensioners.

Maria Butina, left, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors after she was charged with being an unregistered foreign agent. Her onetime mentor, Alexander Torshin, right, is reportedly retiring. Pavel Ptitsin/AP hide caption

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Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Reaches Plea Deal With Feds

The Russian woman apparently was part of an effort to build clandestine ties between Moscow and important parts of the conservative establishment.

Yemeni militiamen stand guard at the port in Mukalla, on the southern coast of Yemen. Many factions are involved in Yemen's civil war. The U.S. has supported Saudi Arabia, which has waged a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels. But the U.S. Congress is putting pressure on the Trump administration to end its support of a war that's widely seen as a stalemate and a humanitarian disaster. Jon Gambrell/AP hide caption

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Often Quiet On Wars, Congress Challenges White House Over Yemen

Something rare is stirring in Congress. There's growing sentiment to force the president to end U.S. involvement in a war, in this case Yemen, where the U.S. military has been aiding Saudi Arabia.

Often Quiet On Wars, Congress Challenges White House Over Yemen

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Lawsuits Say Australia Subjects Asylum-Seekers To Torture And Crimes Against Humanity

The class-action lawsuits represent more than 1,000 migrants detained by the government on islands belonging to other countries, under contract with Australia.

Protesters disrupted a U.S. side event on the future importance of fossil fuels at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland, on Monday. Separately, U.S. negotiators are helping to write a rule book that will help countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Frank Jordans/AP hide caption

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Dueling U.S. Agendas As U.N. Climate Change Summit Enters Crucial Final Week

The U.S. hosted an event on coal and refused to endorse the findings of a dire climate science report. And yet, in official negotiations, the U.S. is working out how to implement the Paris agreement.

A NASA illustration depicts the positions of both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, now outside the heliosphere. Voyager 1 left the heliosphere in August 2012, while Voyager 2 left at a different location last month. NASA/JPL-Caltech hide caption

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Voyager 2 Bids Adieu To The Heliosphere, Entering Interstellar Space

The milestone makes the 41-year-old NASA probe just the second human-made object, after Voyager 1, to reach such distant regions. Now, Voyager 2 is over 11 billion miles from the sun — and counting.

Planned Parenthood opened its new headquarters in Washington, D.C., in September. The Supreme Court declined to take up a key case that is a big win for Planned Parenthood. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Supreme Court Ducks Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood

Two states had tried to block the use of Medicaid money for non-abortion, pregnancy-related health care services at Planned Parenthood. The action is a big win for the organization.

The Union Jack flies above the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament in London. U.K. lawmakers are expected to decide soon the fate of a draft Brexit deal negotiated between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Theresa May Delays Critical Vote On Brexit Deal Amid Fears Of Its Defeat

"If we held the vote tomorrow, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin," the U.K. prime minister admitted, hours after a European Union court ruled the U.K. can still back out of Brexit.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on the South Lawn of the White House in August 2017. President Trump announced Saturday Kelly would be leaving the administration by the end of the year. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Help Wanted: White House Chief Of Staff

President Trump is hunting for his third chief of staff in less than two years. So far, he's not finding many takers. "You have to wonder who would want to take this job," said one scholar.

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the new mayor of Freetown in Sierra Leone, speaks at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City. "For decades, there had been no structure, no focused thinking of a strategy for the city," she says. "The way my brain works is with plans. I have to have a to-do list." Riccardo Savi/Getty Images hide caption

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Break Rules, Clean Up Gutters: The To-Do List Of A Rookie Mayor In Sierra Leone

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the first female mayor in Freetown in years, is trying to clean up the perpetual mess caused by rain and garbage — a first step in her plan to revive the beleaguered city.

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