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Paris marks 1 month since attacks...Obama aims to allay concerns about terrorism strategy...At least 5 women elected in Saudi Arabia



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PARIS (AP) — People from across France have gathered in Paris to mark one month since the attacks that left 130 people dead and wounded hundreds. Mourners congregated in front of the Bataclan concert hall in eastern Paris, where 89 people were killed, laying flowers and candles at the site. People also met in the Place de la Republique (plahs dih lah ray-poob-LEEK'), the square that has become a gathering place for mourners since the Nov. 13 attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fears of terrorism are hanging over America's holiday season, and President Barack Obama is trying to allay concerns about his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group. White House officials say Obama's visits this coming week to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center are part of an effort to explain his that strategy.

PARIS (AP) — World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says he was stunned by the Paris climate agreement adopted by more than 190 countries. Kim told The Associated Press in a phone interview that he was "in a bit of a shock, a happy shock" after the deal was gaveled yesterday. He said the Paris talks concluded with "something far more ambitious than the highest hopes" going into the negotiations.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Initial results show at least five women have won seats on local municipal councils in Saudi Arabia's first elections in which women were allowed to run and vote. The mayor of Mecca says one of the women was elected in an area about 90 miles from Islam's holiest site. The councils are the only government body elected by Saudi citizens.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Forecasters say a one-day lull is over in Northern California, where the third storm in a week will bring rain to the region and snow to the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service says the latest storm will dump slightly less rain in the state than the previous systems, but winds could gust to 55 mph.

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