Fierce fight rages in Ramadi
A fierce battle between ISIS militants and Iraqi military and tribal forces is raging in Ramadi. Jomana Karadsheh reports.

How Victorians dressed for death
Today, mourning a death in the family often means donning the most formal black outfit in one's closet for one solemn afternoon. But 150 years ago, it was a reason to stash away one's current best and purchase a whole new grief-appropriate wardrobe.

Hope for Nigerian schoolgirls?
Isha Sesay explains why the Nigerian girls, once seemingly so close to release, still haven't come home.

Marion Barry: A wily survivor leaves the stage
There is no middle ground in judging four-time Washington mayor Marion Barry, who died Sunday at the age of 78. For many whites, Barry was a politician addicted to alcohol, drugs and power. Meanwhile, most African-Americans in D.C. enshrined him as a strong leader who shared their struggles and overcame the odds; regardless of his personal failings, they embraced him as their own. Yet he failed to improve the lives of the poor Washingtonians who revered him.

Watershed moment for climate politics
For the world's two largest economies -- and largest emitters of greenhouse gas -- to announce a sustained commitment to reducing carbon emissions by almost a third by the year 2030 is a watershed moment for climate politics on so many fronts.

See Batman if he lived in 1500s

Role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to shift to training: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will shift in 2015 to training Afghan security forces and counter-terrorism activities, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday.

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