JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Within an hour of landing in Paris, President Obama made an impromptu stop early Monday morning at the Bataclan theater, one of the sites targeted by terrorists in the deadly Paris attacks earlier this month.
Accompanied by French President Hollande and Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama laid a single white flower, bowed his head and stood in silence at a candle-laden memorial outside the theater, the deadliest site in the attacks that killed 130 people.
The president's visit to Paris comes just two weeks after France's capital city was rocked by the terror attacks. His official business on the trip is to attend an international climate conference, aiming to secure a deal to limit the rise of global warming.
But terrorism and the fight against ISIS will loom large over the two days of events the president will attend. Last week, the president said the climate conference would serve as a "powerful rebuke to the terrorists" as over 150 world leaders committed to attend the summit despite the terror attacks that ravaged France's capital city.
On Monday evening, President Obama and Hollande are scheduled to meet one-on-one for dinner in Paris where the two men will discuss climate change and the strategy to combat ISIS.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Two men involved in a fathers' rights group scaled a roof of a building on the Buckingham Palace grounds on Sunday.
The men climbed onto the roof of the Queens Gallery, a public art gallery on the Buckingham Palace grounds that has a separate entrance from the residence itself.
The Queen and Prince Philip were not at the palace on Sunday.
The men are a part of the fathers' rights group Fathers For Justice.
The activists claimed to have breached security by creating a distraction and climbing a ladder, according to the group. One member told British television station ITV over the phone that it was "easy" and he could "have gone further."
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said that security was being handled by Scotland Yard and the palace had no further comment.
There have been several security lapses at Buckingham Palace over the years, including one in 2004 also involving a fathers' rights protest, during which a man in a Batman costume climbed the facade of the Palace.
Leigh Vogel/WireImage(PARIS) -- President Obama said Sunday that the international climate summit this week in Paris is a chance for world leaders to show that terrorism will not succeed in stopping them from "building a better future for our children."
Leaders from more than 180 countries are expected to attend the summit, working towards wide-ranging actions on climate change, but with the terror attacks on Paris two weeks ago, the fight against ISIS is also expected to take a central spot. Obama has private meetings scheduled with several leaders, including French President Francois Hollande.
"It's an opportunity to stand in solidarity with our oldest ally, just two weeks removed from the barbaric attacks there, and reaffirm our commitment to protect our people and our way of life from terrorist threats," President Obama said in a post on his Facebook. "It's also an opportunity for the world to stand as one and show that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children."
At the end of his recent nine-day overseas trip, Obama said it was "absolutely vital" for leaders to attend the long-planned UN Climate Summit despite obvious security concerns following the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead.
"Paris -- one of the most beautiful, enticing cities in the world -- is not going to be cowered by the violent, demented actions of a few," Obama said. "And that's part of the overall message that I want to very clearly send the American people. We do not succumb to fear."
The White House took a surprisingly apologetic tone in January following the attack on the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, when it failed to send a major diplomatic official to a rally that featured multiple heads of state.
In the wake of this most recent attack, Obama has made multiple public statements on the matter and last week hosted Hollande at the White House.
However prominent the attacks will be though, Obama is still making a hard push on the nations in attendance to commit to emissions reductions targets as a part of a long-term framework on combating climate change.
Waniala Paul /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(KAMPALA, Uganda) -- An exuberant crowd of young people, 150,000 strong, welcomed Pope Francis on Saturday in Kampala, Uganda.
They sang. They danced, some wearing colorful grass skirts, others sporting feathered headdresses. And they smiled.
Their message to him: that Catholicism is more than a Sunday ritual to them. It is a tribe, an extended family and a shared sense of identity. Catholics make up nearly half the country.
Francis listened intently to testimony from 24-year-old Winnie Nansumba, who was born with an HIV infection and lost both her parents to AIDS before she was 7. He also heard from a young man, Emmanuel Odokonyero, who was abducted and tortured as a child by the Lord’s Resistance Army.
Francis reciprocated by tossing aside his prepared remarks and speaking from the heart, giving three pieces of advice.
Overcome difficulties, he said: Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged by life’s hardships, instead let faith give you courage.
Second, he advised: Do your best to turn the negative into the positive, citing Nansumba and Odokonyero as prime examples.
Thirdly, he told them, pray. Ask for help from a power higher than yourself.
"When we stumble or fall down or hurt ourselves, who better to turn to for help than our mother?" he asked.
"And who is our Mother?"
"Mother Mary," they shouted in unison, repeating it three times.
Then Pope Francis joined them in that most fundamental of Catholic prayers, the Hail Mary, with 150,000 voices sounding as one.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia says it will impose a package of economic sanctions against Turkey, reports the BBC.
The sanctions come just days after a Russian jet was shot down by Turkey near the Syrian border.
The sanctions cover the work of Turkish companies in Russia, Turkish nationals working in Russia for Russian companies, imports from Turkey and an end to the chartering of flights between the two nations, says BBC News. The visa-free arrangement between Russia and Turkey was also suspended.
Russian President Vladimir Putin refused to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr. Erdogan refuses to apologize to Russia but said on Saturday the down of the jet "saddened" him.
Turkey claims the jet was violating it's airspace and gave the jet several warnings.
MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The United Nations says a rocket attack occurred at a UN peacekeeper's base in Kidal, northern Mali resulting in the deaths of three people, reports the BBC.
Two peacekeepers and one contractor for the Multidimensional Integrated United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed. The UN said 20 people were injured.
It is suspected that Islamist militants were behind Saturday's attack.
In a statement, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. Mongi Hamdi said, "MINUSMA continues to strengthen measures against such threats to protect the Malian people and the UN personnel. I express my solidarity and salute the brave men and women serving MINUSMA throughout the country for their efforts to bringing lasting peace to Mali in these difficult conditions. MINUSMA and its partners are doing their utmost to put an end to such crimes and hold accountable those responsible for these cowardly attacks."
The attack comes just over a week since gunmen attacked the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako. Nineteen people were killed in that attack.
iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Police in Australia were called to a home to investigate domestic violence, but when they arrived all they found was a man and a spider.
The Harbourside Local Area Command of the New South Wales Police Force received numerous calls early Saturday morning from neighbors concerned about domestic violence at a residence in Wollstonecraft, Australia, police spokesman Dean Lindley told ABC News on Friday.
"We had numerous calls to our emergency number stating that a woman could be heard screaming with a man yelling, 'I'm going to kill you, die, die,' with what sounded like furniture being overturned and or a hitting sound," Lindley said.
Police showed up at the 32-year-old man’s house within three minutes, Lindley said, and asked him where his wife or partner was. After some questioning, the man became "sheepish" and admitted he was just trying to kill a spider, Lindley wrote in a post on the police force's Facebook page, where he also shared the transcript of the conversation.
"It quickly turned to embarrassment when he realized he would have to admit to the screaming like a girl thing," Lindley said.
After checking out the home to make sure there was no one else there, Lindley said police left.
"After a can of Mortein, I'm not so sad to report the spider did not make it," Lindley said. "I asked one of the probationary constables fresh from the academy to perform CPR and heart compressions, but of course he carried on like a big girl and refused. It's hard to get good help these days."
Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia is threatening retaliatory sanctions that could cost both it and Turkey hundreds of millions -- if not billions -- of dollars in trade and joint projects.
On Thursday, Russia announced it would be imposing economic “response measures” against Turkey. Prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said his government was developing sanctions that would hit Turkish interests across Russia’s economy, which could include a trade embargo, limiting investments, shutting down tourism and transportation links, as well as suspending major joint construction projects.
The government has given itself two days to finalize the measures but it left an ax hanging over Turkish involvement in swathes of the Russian economy.
Turkey is one of Russia’s biggest trade partners, with trade worth $44 billion dollars last year and Russian exports there worth $15 billion. It’s also a major Russian tourist destination, with 4 million Russians visiting a-year. Turkish goods account for around 15 percent of Russia’s vegetable imports, worth roughly $1 billion, and Turkish companies hold a major share of the construction market here.
All of these sectors are now under threat. Russian government agencies have lined up to declare that the sanctions may apply to their sector. Russia’s tourism agency said it would halt sales of trips to Turkey and transport officials warned Russian ports and airport could close to Turkish vessels. Crimea’s regional government announced it was freezing Turkish projects worth $500 million. Officials, ranging from Russia’s migration service to the agricultural ministry, have denounced what they called Turkish “treachery”.
“In the property sector, especially in the commercial sector, there are quite a lot of Turkish companies working and we don’t exclude that part of them will go from some major projects in the country. Our trust in them as partners is undermined,” Mikhail Myen, head of Russia’s Construction Ministry, told the business paper, RBK.
Vladimir Putin lamented that Turkey had “thoughtlessly” destroyed what he called the “unprecedented” good relations with Russia and demanded that Turkey apologize for downing the jet on the Syria border. Turkey has refused to apologized and insisted the Russian Su-24 bomber had violated its airspace, a claim Russia disputes.
Putin laid into the Turkish government again on Thursday night, calling president Tayyip Erdogan’s suggestion that Turkey had been unsure the plane was Russian “nonsense” and lashing out at the United States as well, saying Russia had informed American officials where the jet would be but they had done nothing to prevent the shooting down.
It was unclear yet how tough Russia sanctions will be in their final form. Sergei Aleksashenko, an economist with the Brookings Institute, said he believed the Kremlin was looking for “something loud and visible”.
On Friday, a partial embargo already seemed to be in place, as Russia’s consumer watchdogs imposed heightened border checks on Turkish goods, particularly fruits and vegetables that account for a third of Turkish imports. Local media reported Turkish goods-trucks backed up at the border, while Interfax reported the southern port of Novorossiisk-- through which 50 percent of Turkish vegetable imports come-- had ceased to take Turkish ships.
But while the sanctions would hurt Turkey, they are also likely to blow-back on the Russian economy. Turkey is the largest market for many Russian companies; the value of Russia’s exports there is five times that of Turkey’s to Russia. With Russia’s economy already battered by low oil prices and European sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, shutting out another major trading partner risked further braking its slow recovery.
The moves also threaten two flagship projects. The planned Akkuyu nuclear plant, that Russia was to build in Turkey, was now in doubt. Moscow has already invested $3 billion in the project, which was to be worth $22 billion. Likewise, the “Turkish Stream” gas pipeline that was to be a crucial alternative route for Russian gas to Europe may also now be pulled, Russian officials said.
Russia’s minister for Economic Development, Aleksei Ulyukaev, said both projects-- like all major joint ventures with Turkey-- were now under review.
Some analysts doubted whether Russia will really follow through on the worst of its threats. Christopher Shiells, an emerging markets analyst at Informa Global Markets, said he felt the gas pipeline was too big a deal to stop.
“With Putin it’s all about image,” Shiells said. “Once things blow over, I think you see some of these projects coming back online.”
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- On any papal trip, there are long waits as crowds gather hours ahead of the scheduled event. No problem today for the crowd of young people at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
Thousands of Catholic school kids in their school uniforms filled the huge stadium awaiting an hour-long audience with Pope Francis.
First they passed the time doing the wave, their cheers ricocheting around the stadium like a football match was in full swing.
Then they started a Conga line. There were jubilant gyrations, rollicking rhythms, and more than a few shimmy-shakes.
The mood was so infectious -- even the bishops joined in.
Then the whole stadium erupted as the Popemobile rolled into view.
iStock/Thinkstock(BERLIN) -- The two men arrested in Berlin for allegedly plotting an attack on the German capital were released Friday after investigators didn't find evidence to keep them in custody, police said.
The men, 28 and 46, were arrested Thursday in Southeast Berlin after police were informed of a potential threat, described as "preparation of a serious act of violence endangering the state."
Police did not say who gave them the tip.
Based on the information, police raided an Islamic cultural club and searched the car of one of the suspects for explosives in two different areas of the German capital. The men were in the car when they were arrested.
Police cordoned the area around the car and evacuated several houses around it "as a precaution."
After the search, Berlin police tweeted there were "no dangerous items" at the cultural club or in the car were the men were arrested.
This is not the first raid German police conduct to trump potential terror threats. In September, Berlin police raided eight buildings following an investigation into Islamist extremists. Police said at the time that there was no evidence that suspects had been involved in planning attacks in Germany.
The men were released in Berlin just as another man was arrested in southern Germany on suspicion of supplying the weapons used in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that left 130 people dead.
SpaceX(LONDON) -- A large chunk of an American space rocket -- likely from the ill-fated SpaceX Falcon 9 -- has been found off the coast of England, officials aid.
Covered in barnacles and measuring 32 feet by 14 feet, the metal structure has an American flag painted on it. Martin Leslie, Coastal Area Commander, said the debris was "most likely to be the unmanned Space X Falcon 9," which blew up in June.
The unmanned Space X was carrying 4,000 pounds of supplies and school science experiments to the International Space Station in June when it exploded shortly after liftoff in Florida. The Isles of Scilly are more than 4,000 miles away from the launch site.
In a statement, the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency said that the debris were spotted on the sea's surface and recovered with the help of local boatmen.
"It was pretty shocking to scrape the barnacles off and then find out it was a rocket ship," said Joe Thomas, a skipper for Tresco Boat Services who said he came across the metal 100 meters off the shore.
The structure has been towed to the beach of the island of Tresco, where it sits under guard.
"It’s not every day a bit of a rocket floats up at home," said Thomas.
towed in and beached a piece of flotsam earlier. thoughts were could be aviation parts ..didnt imagine space race pic.twitter.com/f7esX0ixGb
Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(PARIS) — France remembered the 130 victims of the terror attacks two weeks ago in a memorial ceremony in Paris Friday morning.
Addressing a small crowd at Les Invalides, a French national monument, President Francois Hollande promised mourners that France will “destroy the army of fanatics” who carried out the attacks.
“The parents who will never see their children, children who will grow up without their parents, couples who’ve been torn apart by losing close ones, loved ones, sisters and brothers have been separated forever,” Hollande said Friday.
Hollande called the attackers a cult of death, but noted “we have love, love for life.”
“To you all, I solemnly promise you that France will put everything it has at its disposal to destroy the army of fanatics who have carried out this crime,” he said.
The memorial included also included musical tributes and reading the names of those who parished in the attacks.
Belgium Police Federale(BRUSSELS) — The family of wanted Belgian terror suspect Mohamed Abrini insisted he was innocent of helping the Paris attackers in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
There were 130 people killed as a result of the six attacks, with more then 300 people injured.
Abrini's mother and fiancee, who only spoke to ABC News if their identities weren't revealed, said they wished he would turn himself into police. Authorities have said Abrini, 30, was seen driving with Salah Abdeslam on a highway in Ressons, France, two days before the attacks that killed 130 people earlier this month.
"We are with you and we know you are not guilty," said his fiancee. "He is not a dangerous person. He is not a killer."
Belgium authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest. Police have described Abrini as “dangerous and probably armed.”
"If he can hear me, please turn yourself in," said his mother. "I don't eat anymore. I don't sleep."
Abrini’s name was on a list of people who had traveled to Syria and then returned to Belgium, the authorities said. It was not clear when he allegedly traveled to Syria.
He was allegedly caught on camera at a gas station with suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam on Nov. 11, driving the same Renault Clio that was used two days later by the attackers.
Abrini’s mother told ABC’s Aicha El Hammar her son is innocent and wasn’t radicalized. “He was a kind man. Helpful. He dressed normally," she said.
She says they had a close relationship, he was close to his brothers and sisters, he liked to make jokes and enjoying laughing.
Mohamed’s brother Suleyman, 20, fled to Syria to join ISIS when their mother was away on vacation, according to his mother.
Abrini’s mother told ABC they didn’t know Suleyman was in Syria, but a week after he left, “somebody sent us a message from ISIS to let us know he was in Syria."
"If I had known it, I would not have gone on vacation. He didn’t show any signs. He was working… When I came back, he only left two days before my return."
"For me, they are not jihads. This is nothing to do with Islam," she said.
On the day of the Paris attacks, Abrini’s mother claims he was with her in Belgium until early evening, before he and his fiancée went to sign a lease on a new apartment in Belgium. His mother says his fiancée then dropped him at his work -- a fast food place -- about an hour before the attacks started.
"I was not worried, he’s 31 years old. He is not a boy," his mother said.
His fiancée has pleaded with him to turn himself in, “Turn yourself in. Don’t forget you have a family who care. We support you as always. We will not let you down. We just want to know what happened.”
When ABC’s Aicha El Hammar asked about their relationship, she says they had a normal relationship, were getting married in Feb 2016 and planning their future.
“We are together for years. Not at all radical. Just like normal people. We go out. We take drinks. We go to see movies. Just like normal people," she said.
Abrini’s fiancée admits he had made mistakes, he’d had spent some time in jail previously but his fiancée says it was a result of mistakes made as a young man, “It’s not because you went to jail that it means you are a bad person. Or it doesn’t mean you have no future.”
"He’s not a dangerous person. He is not a killer. He is not influenced. Maybe he has been influenced… I don’t think it’s him. I don’t think it’s him."