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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes President Biden before their meeting at the French Embassy to the Vatican in Rome on Oct. 29, 2021. Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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With French President Macron's state visit, expect a mix of diplomacy and glamour

The three-day visit to Washington, D.C., symbolizes the recovery of a key relationship that deteriorated over a submarine deal with Australia last year that infuriated Paris.

Protesters shout slogans during a protest against China's strict coronavirus measures on Monday in Beijing, China. Protesters took to the streets in multiple Chinese cities after a deadly apartment fire in Xinjiang province sparked a national outcry as many blamed COVID-19 restrictions for the deaths. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption

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China's lockdown protests and rising COVID leave Xi Jinping with '2 bad options'

Extraordinary street protests in some Chinese cities and campuses over the weekend put Xi Jinping's controversial approach to the pandemic under the spotlight.

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Police find the remains of 4 infants inside a Boston apartment

Police say they discovered "what appeared to be a human fetus or infant" and additional remains at an apartment in South Boston. An autopsy has revealed four infants: two female and two male.

Actor Will Smith's success at the 94th Oscars was largely overshadowed by his behavior earlier in the ceremony, when he slapped comedian Chris Rock over a joke about Smith's wife's hair. In a new interview, Smith says that bottled up rage led to that moment. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A teary Will Smith opens up to Trevor Noah about the 'rage' behind his Oscar slap

In his first big interview since March, the blockbuster actor said he "just lost it" over Rock's joke about his wife's hair. "That was a rage that had been bottled for a really long time," he said.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., ran unopposed for the position of House Democratic leader. He replaces Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who announced she would not run for the top leadership post after Democrats lost control of the House in the midterms. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Jeffries poised to make history as first Black person to lead congressional party

New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is expected to replace Nancy Pelosi as the top elected Democratic leader. He represents a generational shift and faces challenges in a GOP House in January.

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Improv can build confidence. Here's how to apply it to your everyday life

Improv comedy is about more than making people laugh. It can help performers be more creative and self-assured — and combat anxiety, both on and off stage.

The rules of improv can make you funnier. They can also make you more confident.

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Who is to blame for inflation? Some say greedy corporations are the culprits. (Photo by Peter Ruck/BIPs/Getty Images) Peter Ruck/Getty Images hide caption

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The mystery of rising prices: Are greedy corporations to blame for inflation?

Inflation has been pushing prices up all year, but economists and politicians don't agree on where it's coming from.

The mystery of rising prices. Are greedy corporations to blame for inflation?

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A man walks past a banner of Bollywood movie The Kashmir Files outside a cinema in the old quarters of Delhi on March 21, 2022. Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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An Israeli director sparks outrage in India over a film about Hindu persecution

Controversy has erupted at one of India's top film festivals over the screening of a movie with Hindu nationalist themes. Were the jury head's comments an artistic critique or political commentary?

Community members, including Walmart employees, gather for a candlelight vigil at Chesapeake City Park in Chesapeake, Va., on Monday for the six people killed at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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A survivor of the Virginia mass shooting files a $50 million lawsuit against Walmart

A Walmart employee who survived last week's mass shooting is suing the company for allegedly continuing to employ the shooter — a store supervisor — "who had known propensities for violence."

President Joe Biden meets with congressional leaders to discuss legislative priorities for the rest of the year on Tuesday at the White House in Washington. From left: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Biden urges Congress to avert a rail strike

President Biden warned that congressional action was likely needed to avert a rail strike. His remarks came as bipartisan House and Senate leaders met to talk about legislative priorities.

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