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Russia and U.S. delegations, led by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, attend a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 28, 2015. U.S. President Obama and Russian President Putin agreed on Monday to direct their militaries to hold talks to avoid conflict over potential operations in Syria, a U.S. official said. Picture taken September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.   - RTS26EL

World leaders debate strategies to defeat ISIS

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A meeting of world leaders at the United Nations on Tuesday discussed methods of stemming the spread of violent extremism in the Middle East. Continue reading

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Life on Mars? NASA discovers evidence of water

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NASA has discovered evidence of water on the surface of Mars, raising the potential for life on the planet.
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U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) discusses his resignation in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2015. Boehner will step down and leave the House at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert    - RTX1SHYW

Republican House speaker resigns amid party controversy

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Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner surprised Washington Friday by announcing his plan to resign from Congress.
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Pope talks climate change and poverty at White House and DC churches

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More than 11,000 people turned out to watch President Barack Obama welcome Pope Francis on the White House lawn Wednesday. Continue reading

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Hundreds die in Hajj pilgrim stampede

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More than 700 people died in a stampede that took place near the end of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
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