Beijing air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels

Beijing suffered its worst air pollution of the year on Monday, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants.

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

Flanked by Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets and machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers, Pope Francis plunged Sunday into conflict-wracked Central African Republic and urged the country's Christian and Muslim factions to lay down their weapons and instead arm themselves with peace and forgiveness.

Commonwealth seeks legally binding climate deal in Paris

The 53-nation Commonwealth has said climate change poses an "existential threat" to some of its member states, and urged participants at the Paris climate talks to produce a legally binding agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate talks: What's happened and what's next

An unprecedented number of world leaders joined together Monday to give a boost to difficult, years-long efforts to fight climate change collectively.

Mexico: burned-out van belonged to missing Australians

Prosecutors in the northern Mexico state of Sinaloa said Monday that the burned-out vehicle found with two charred bodies inside was registered in the name of one of two missing Australians.

France carries out strikes on IS in Iraq after Paris attacks

France says it has carried out five airstrikes in northern Iraq as part of stepped-up military operations against Islamic State militants.

Kenyan university: 1 dead during stampede over drill

A drill to test terrorism preparedness at a leading Kenyan university led to a stampede in which one person died and 20 others were injured, the institution said Monday.

Activists call on Gambia gov't to release environmentalists

Rights groups called on Gambia's government on Monday to release 33 environmental activists who were detained more than a week ago after staging a protest against sand mining in their coastal village.

Puerto Rico going down to the wire on $355M debt payment

Debt-burdened Puerto Rico is struggling to make a looming $355 million bond payment.

Putin, Obama discuss Syria political settlement

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he and President Barack Obama have a shared understanding on how to move toward a political settlement in…

Iran denies links to 2 alleged operatives arrested in Kenya

Iran has denied any links to two detained Kenyans accused of spying and plotting attacks on Western targets in Nairobi.

Brazil House Speaker denies bribery reports

The embattled speaker of Brazil's House of Representatives has vehemently denied reports that a document seized in a corruption probe suggests he received nearly $12 million to support legislation favoring a top investment bank.

Pope outlines Mexico trip with four stops, including Juarez

Pope Francis says he hopes to add the key Mexico-U.S. border city of Juarez to his Mexico itinerary next year, confirming the trip will have a strong immigration theme.

Tax bill sparks brawls in Algeria's parliament

A new finance bill in Algeria is dividing lawmakers so much it has sparked exchanges of insults and brawls on the parliament floor.

Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV

Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.

Top Photos, Nov.30

A selection of images from around the world.

La Scala gala season premiere to open under extra security

La Scala's gala season premiere of Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco" ("Joan of Arc") will take place under extra security in the wake of the Paris attacks and indications that the famed Milanese theater is a possible target for extremists.

Germany deals IOC and Bach a message: No thanks, to Olympics

Once again, German voters delivered a harsh and sobering message to the Olympic movement: No thanks.

Jordan launches computerized census, first in 11 years

Jordan launched a national census Monday to provide greater clarity about a population that includes large numbers of Syrian refugees and foreign workers.