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Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change. Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India, Kuwait and Iran, while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Taking a global average of the land and sea surface temperatures for the entire year, NOAA found the data for "2016 was the highest since record keeping began in 1880," said the announcement.
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase settled federal charges that independent brokers working for the bank discriminated against minorities seeking home mortgages during the housing crises.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh looked determined to cling to power on Wednesday as his mandate came to an end, while tourists packed onto planes in an exodus sparked by a state of emergency. Jammeh said Tuesday the emergency was necessary due to interference of foreign powers in the West African country's December 1 election, which the president of 22 years lost to opponent Adama Barrow. Barrow, who is currently sheltering in neighbouring Senegal, maintains his inauguration will go ahead on Thursday on Gambian soil, putting the country on a collision course.
The Labor Department, in a complaint filed with an administrative judge, said New York-based JPMorgan has paid at least 93 women in four different job categories less than comparable male co-workers over the last five years. The company violated an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from engaging in sex discrimination, the department said. JPMorgan has dozens of contracts with various federal agencies, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and three other students, state officials said.
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Beirut (AFP) - Key Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks between the regime and opposition factions in the Kazakh capital next week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for condemned inmates are trying to learn more about Ohio's supply of execution drugs at a time the state prisons agency is reluctant to give out that information.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday that the health care system is losing focus on patients, its first priority, and he offered assurances that the new administration is not planning to launch into a Medicare overhaul.
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Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
Boris Johnson tells the EU not to treat the UK's Brexit "escape" like a "World War Two movie".
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The actress says her latest role is "a portrait of grief and incredible sorrow".
Moscow says nine of its jets and eight of Turkey's pounded so-called Islamic State targets.
The president of the Marche region appeals for aid after three strong quakes strike in a single day.
The outgoing US vice-president uses his final major speech in Davos as a rallying call for liberals.
MPs vote for The Gambia's leader to stay in power for another 90 days rather than step down on Thursday.
A right-wing leader in Germany provokes outrage for condemning the Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
Manchester United say they have become the first sports club in England to appoint a full-time counter-terrorism manager.
A man was filmed jumping from a hijacked EgyptAir plane cockpit window shortly before the hijacker surrendered.
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the hijacking of the plane that landed at Larnaca was not linked to terrorism.
Police shot an armed man as he tried to enter the Capitol building visitor centre in Washington DC.
The FBI has managed to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending a court case, the US justice department says.
The BBC gains exclusive access in Aleppo province, where Kurdish forces have seized most of the border with Turkey from Islamic State fighters.
Upgrading Myanmar's colonial era sewage system will be one of the tasks facing the new leaders when they take office this week.
With so-called Islamic State militants active in Egypt's Sinai, Israeli troops are on alert for attacks just across the border.
As Pakistani families mourn the park attack on Lahore Christians, the BBC's Shaimaa Khalil reports from the funeral of 16-year-old boy Sharoon.
Drone footage has revealed that the ancient city of Palmyra is largely still intact, after being recaptured from so-called Islamic State (IS).
Wind gusts of up to 105 mph (170 kph) from Storm Katie have caused Gatwick-bound flights to be diverted, and damage across London.