Beijing Logs Year's Highest Smog

Guang Niu/Getty Images(BEIJING) — The highest smog warning this year has been issued in Beijing, China, reports the BBC.

The alert is an "orange level," the pollution-choked city's second highest. That color designation requires factories to begin cutting production.

Other guidelines include bans on heavy-lift trucks from city roads and the halting of transport of construction materials.

Relief is expected by Wednesday as a cold front is expected to move in.

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President Obama Visits Paris Terror Attack Site

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Within an hour of landing in Paris, President Obama made an impromptu stop early Monday morning at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month.

Accompanied by French President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a candle-laden memorial outside the theater, the deadliest site in the attacks that killed 130 people.

The president's visit to Paris comes just two weeks after France's capital city was rocked by the terror attacks. His official business on the trip is to attend an international climate conference, aiming to secure a deal to limit the rise of global warming.

But terrorism and the fight against ISIS will loom large over the two days of events the president will attend. Last week, the president said the climate conference would serve as a "powerful rebuke to the terrorists" as over 150 world leaders committed to attend the summit despite the terror attacks that ravaged France's capital city.

On Monday evening, President Obama and Hollande are scheduled to meet one-on-one for dinner in Paris where the two men will discuss climate change and the strategy to combat ISIS.

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Protesters Scale Roof on Buckingham Palace Grounds

Scott Barbour/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Two men involved in a fathers' rights group scaled a roof of a building on the Buckingham Palace grounds on Sunday.

The men climbed onto the roof of the Queens Gallery, a public art gallery on the Buckingham Palace grounds that has a separate entrance from the residence itself.

The Queen and Prince Philip were not at the palace on Sunday.

The men are a part of the fathers' rights group Fathers For Justice.

The activists claimed to have breached security by creating a distraction and climbing a ladder, according to the group. One member told British television station ITV over the phone that it was "easy" and he could "have gone further."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said that security was being handled by Scotland Yard and the palace had no further comment.

There have been several security lapses at Buckingham Palace over the years, including one in 2004 also involving a fathers' rights protest, during which a man in a Batman costume climbed the facade of the Palace.

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EU and Turkey Reach Deal on Migrants

Павел Кусмарцев/iStock/ThinkStock(BRUSSELS) -- European Union leaders and Turkey have agreed on a deal to control the stream of migrants into Europe, says the BBC.

Three billion euros as well as political concessions will be allotted to Turkey in exchange for tightening borders and keeping refugees inside the country.

The European Union and Turkey will also revive talks on Turkey's membership into the union.

This year, hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in Europe, fleeing war in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

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President Obama Calls Trip to Paris for Climate Summit an Opportunity for Solidarity

Leigh Vogel/WireImage(PARIS) -- President Obama said Sunday that the international climate summit this week in Paris is a chance for world leaders to show that terrorism will not succeed in stopping them from "building a better future for our children."

Leaders from more than 180 countries are expected to attend the summit, working towards wide-ranging actions on climate change, but with the terror attacks on Paris two weeks ago, the fight against ISIS is also expected to take a central spot. Obama has private meetings scheduled with several leaders, including French President Francois Hollande.

"It's an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our oldest ally, just two weeks removed from the barbaric attacks there, and reaffirm our commitment to protect our people and our way of life from terrorist threats," President Obama said in a post on his Facebook. "It's also an opportunity for the world to stand as one and show that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children."

At the end of his recent nine-day overseas trip, Obama said it was "absolutely vital" for leaders to attend the long-planned UN Climate Summit despite obvious security concerns following the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.

"Paris -- one of the most beautiful, enticing cities in the world -- is not going to be cowered by the violent, demented actions of a few," Obama said. "And that's part of the overall message that I want to very clearly send the American people. We do not succumb to fear."

The White House took a surprisingly apologetic tone in January following the attack on the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, when it failed to send a major diplomatic official to a rally that featured multiple heads of state.

In the wake of this most recent attack, Obama has made multiple public statements on the matter and last week hosted Hollande at the White House.

However prominent the attacks will be though, Obama is still making a hard push on the nations in attendance to commit to emissions reductions targets as a part of a long-term framework on combating climate change.

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Pope Francis Greeting by Cheering Crowd of 150,000 in Uganda

Waniala Paul /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- An exuberant crowd of young people, 150,000 strong, welcomed Pope Francis on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.

They sang. They danced, some wearing colorful grass skirts, others sporting feathered headdresses. And they smiled.

Their message to him: that Catholicism is more than a Sunday ritual to them. It is a tribe, an extended family and a shared sense of identity. Catholics make up nearly half the country.

Francis listened intently to testimony from 24-year-old Winnie Nansumba, who was born with an HIV infection and lost both her parents to AIDS before she was 7. He also heard from a young man, Emmanuel Odokonyero, who was abducted and tortured as a child by the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Francis reciprocated by tossing aside his prepared remarks and speaking from the heart, giving three pieces of advice.

Overcome difficulties, he said: Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by life’s hardships, instead let faith give you courage.

Second, he advised: Do your best to turn the negative into the positive, citing Nansumba and Odokonyero as prime examples.

Thirdly, he told them, pray. Ask for help from a power higher than yourself.

"When we stumble or fall down or hurt ourselves, who better to turn to for help than our mother?" he asked.

"And who is our Mother?"

"Mother Mary," they shouted in unison, repeating it three times.

Then Pope Francis joined them in that most fundamental of Catholic prayers, the Hail Mary, with 150,000 voices sounding as one.

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Russia Imposes Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) --  Russia says it will impose a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, reports the BBC.

The sanctions come just days after a Russian jet was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border.

The sanctions cover the work of Turkish companies in Russia, Turkish nationals working in Russia for Russian companies, imports from Turkey and an end to the chartering of flights between the two nations, says BBC News. The visa-free arrangement between Russia and Turkey was also suspended.

Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan refuses to apologize to Russia but said on Saturday the down of the jet "saddened" him.

Turkey claims the jet was violating it's airspace and gave the jet several warnings.

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Italy to Close Unofficial Mosques

Marek Uliasz/iStock/ThinkStock(ROME, Italy) --  A lot of Muslim places of worship are about to be shut down in Italy.

The Italian government says it will move to close any mosque that is not officially registered as a place of worship.

The Interior Minister in Italy made the announcement saying it was part of Italy's strategy to help fight terrorism.

There are 800 unofficial or what are called "garage mosques" where many of the one million or so Muslims living in Italy go to worship.

But critics point out that many of them were set up after local administrations blocked requests on the behalf of Muslims in Italy to set up official mosques.

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Three Killed by Rocket Attack at UN Camp in Kidal, Mali

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) --  The United Nations says a rocket attack occurred at a UN peacekeeper's base in Kidal, northern Mali resulting in the deaths of three people, reports the BBC.

Two peacekeepers and one contractor for the Multidimensional Integrated United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed. The UN said 20 people were injured.

It is suspected that Islamist militants were behind Saturday's attack.

In a statement, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi said, "MINUSMA continues to strengthen measures against such threats to protect the Malian people and the UN personnel. I express my solidarity and salute the brave men and women serving MINUSMA throughout the country for their efforts to bringing lasting peace to Mali in these difficult conditions. MINUSMA and its partners are doing their utmost to put an end to such crimes and hold accountable those responsible for these cowardly attacks."

The attack comes just over a week since gunmen attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako. Nineteen people were killed in that attack.

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Australian Man's Fight With a Spider Ends With Police at His Door

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Police in Australia were called to a home to investigate domestic violence, but when they arrived all they found was a man and a spider.

The Harbourside Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force received numerous calls early Saturday morning from neighbors concerned about domestic violence at a residence in Wollstonecraft, Australia, police spokesman Dean Lindley told ABC News on Friday.

"We had numerous calls to our emergency number stating that a woman could be heard screaming with a man yelling, 'I'm going to kill you, die, die,' with what sounded like furniture being overturned and or a hitting sound," Lindley said.

Police showed up at the 32-year-old man’s house within three minutes, Lindley said, and asked him where his wife or partner was. After some questioning, the man became "sheepish" and admitted he was just trying to kill a spider, Lindley wrote in a post on the police force's Facebook page, where he also shared the transcript of the conversation.

"It quickly turned to embarrassment when he realized he would have to admit to the screaming like a girl thing," Lindley said.

After checking out the home to make sure there was no one else there, Lindley said police left.

"After a can of Mortein, I'm not so sad to report the spider did not make it," Lindley said. "I asked one of the probationary constables fresh from the academy to perform CPR and heart compressions, but of course he carried on like a big girl and refused. It's hard to get good help these days."

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