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World leaders applaud US formal return to Paris climate pact
2021-02-19 05:46:56 FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, center flanked by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, and President of the French Constitutional Council Laurent Fabius, right, speaks during the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 video conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris. World leaders are applauding Friday's formal return of the U.S. to
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Pentagon chief urges immediate reduction in Taliban violence
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States remain split on guns in capitols after armed protests
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