A man walks his dog across the snow-covered beach while a cargo ship sits in the steaming fog of Lake Ontario in Toronto.

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.

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An agricultural building is collapsed during a heavy storm in Meimbressen, central Germany.

Powerful gale lashes Europe, 7 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least seven people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.

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Pope Francis marries flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi, left, and Paola Podest, center, during a flight from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique, Chile.

Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

It was all in a day's work for the ever-unpredictable Pope Francis. First he celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight on Thursday to this northern Chilean beachside town.

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Pope Francis meets with Bishops at the Sacristy of the Cathedral of Santiago, Chile.

Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile

Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said.

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Pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a sign during a rally for a peaceful Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea's Olympic lineup

North Korea won't be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month.

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Athletes from North and South Korea march together, led by a unification flag, during an opening ceremony for the 14th Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.

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Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin.

No fire inspection records where 13 children held captive

City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents.

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Romanian Prime Minister designate Viorica Dancila, left, speaks to media next to Social democratic party leader Liviu Dragnea, in Bucharest, Romania.

Romanian president backs having 1st female prime minister

Romania's president on Wednesday proposed that a European member of Parliament be country's the next prime minister and potentially its first female leader.

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un holds the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee. Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then re

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii.

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A man is arrested during a protest against Pope Francis in Santiago, Chile.

Pope begs forgiveness for 'irreparable' harm from sex abuse

Pope Francis begged for forgiveness Tuesday for the "irreparable damage" done to children who were raped and molested by priests, opening his visit to Chile by diving head-first into a scandal that has greatly hurt the Catholic Church's credibility here and cast a cloud over his visit.

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Fernando Karadima is escorted from a court, after testifying in a case that three of his victims brought against the country's Catholic Church in Santiago, Chile.

Pope seeks to turn tide of Chilean church bruised by scandal

Pope Francis' visit to Chile was always going to be fraught, but it has taken on an unprecedented degree of opposition with the firebombings of Catholic churches ahead of his Monday arrival and protests by Chileans fed up with priest sex abuse and cover-up.

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Baghdad municipality workers clean the scene of a double suicide bombing in Baghdad, Iraq.

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for May.

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A Boeing 737-800 of Turkey's Pegasus Airlines after skidding off the runway downhill towards the sea at the airport in Trabzon, Turkey, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Plane dangles off cliff after skidding off runway in Turkey

A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea.

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Vern Miyagi, Administrator, HEMA, left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige addressed the media Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A wave of panic rattles Hawaii after false missile alert

The second recent blunder in Hawaii's planning for a possible North Korean nuclear attack left islanders shaken after an emergency alert warning of an imminent strike sounded on hundreds of thousands of cellphones.

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A friend of sailors, who died aboard a tanker that sank off the coast of China, speaks as families, friends and colleagues gather at the headquarters of the National Iranian Tanker Company, in Tehran, Iran.

Iran oil tanker explodes, sinks off China with no survivors

A burning Iranian oil tanker exploded and sank Sunday after more than a week listing off the coast of China, as an Iranian official acknowledged there was "no hope" of missing sailors surviving the disaster.

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This photo released by Andina Agency shows residents in Chala, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after an earthquake struck the area. The powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, officials said.

Magnitude 7.1 quake hits off Peru, killing at least 1

A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early Sunday, tumbling adobe homes in small, rural towns, killing at least one person and leaving dozens injured, officials said.

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This smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

Hawaii officials mistakenly warn of inbound missile

A false alarm that warned of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii sent the islands into a panic Saturday, with people abandoning cars in a highway and preparing to flee their homes until officials said the cellphone alert was a mistake.

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Czech President and presidential candidate Milos Zeman kisses his wife Ivana prior to a press conference after the first round of presidential voting in Prague.

Czech president will face runoff election with strong lead

Czech President Milos Zeman failed to win re-election during the first round of a presidential election Saturday and will face a runoff in two weeks against the former head of the country's Academy of Sciences.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with Russian journalists in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia dismisses Democratic US Senate report as unfounded

The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed a new report by U.S. Senate Democrats describing Russian interference in the U.S. and throughout Europe as unfounded and President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of "aggressive" overreaction. Some European politicians said they are mindful of Moscow's meddling.

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An elderly cobbler man, left, repairs a shoe on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

UN Security Council considers visit to war-torn Afghanistan

 The president of the U.N. Security Council said Thursday that members are considering a visit to Afghanistan to show solidarity with the Afghan people, meet government officials and see firsthand the situation in the war-torn country.

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Region

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardern announced on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 that she expecting her first child in June. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand prime minister announces she's pregnant

New Zealand's prime minister announced on Friday that she is expecting her first child in June. Jacinda Ardern, 37, took office in October. Speculation swirled around whether she would start a family soon when she took over the leadership of her then opposition Labour Party last year.

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Detective walks next to a home Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, where police arrested a couple on Sunday accused of holding 13 children captive, in Perris, Calif.

Parents of 13 children charged with years of torture, abuse

The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family's Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments.

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