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PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading from the climate talks in Paris to host a meeting in Rome with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and others who are expected to endorse a U.N.-brokered national unity plan for Libya. The Rome conference is aimed at prodding the North African country's bickering factions to fulfill their commitment to sign the agreement and abide by its terms.

COACHELLA, Calif. (AP) — The arson at a Southern California mosque has led to an arrest. Officials say 23-year-old man Carl James Dial Jr., of Palm Desert, was booked for investigation of commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire and burglary. His father says his son is innocent until proven guilty, has struggled socially and blames social media.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a fight brewing with Republicans over the climate agreement, but he says the deal "can be a turning point for the world" in reducing carbon emissions. Obama says world leaders "met the moment" and that people can be more confident "the planet will be in better shape for the next generation."

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A crowded market in a town near the Afghan border has been hit by an explosion that killed at least 6 and wounded 20 others. Mahtab Hussain says the bomb exploded in the town of Parachinar, the main town in the Kurram tribal region, which has been a scene of violence from Islamic militants and sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A constitutional referendum in Central African Republic is being wracked by heavy shooting in some places in the capital that's preventing people from participating in a referendum aimed at moving the country toward stability. The vote comes nearly two weeks after a visit by Pope Francis, who called for Muslim-Christian reconciliation.

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