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Trump says no top security clearance for his kids...Obama tells Greeks the US will be 'OK'...EU unveils security check plan for travelers



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says he has not been trying to get top security clearances for his adult children. There had been rampant speculation in recent days that such an effort was being attempted. But Trump tweeted today that "This was a typically false news story."

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and President-elect Donald Trump "could not be more different." But Obama says American democracy is bigger than any one person. Obama addressed the people of Greece today during his trip to Athens. Obama offered reassurances, saying "our future will be OK." He'll also travel to Germany and Peru, in what's expected to be the final overseas trip of his presidency.

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) —Secretary of State John Kerry says an "overwhelming majority" of Americans know that climate change is happening and want the U.S. to honor its commitments under the Paris climate agreement. Speaking at a U.N. climate conference in Morocco, Kerry praised the Paris deal as a framework that is "built to last." President-elect Donald Trump has called global warming a "hoax" and pledged during the campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal aimed at fighting climate change.

BEIRUT (AP) — A monitoring group says 20 civilians have been killed in Aleppo since a massive offensive by pro-government forces against the Syrian city's rebel-held eastern quarters resumed yesterday. There had been a three-week lull. The U.N. estimates that pro-government forces have trapped some 275,000 people in Aleppo's eastern quarters since August. And the U.N. warned last week that food rations inside the city's rebel-held districts could be depleted this week.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has unveiled plans for a new system of security checks on travelers who enter Europe without visas. It's an attempt to crack down on extremists. People from 60 visa waiver countries, including the U.S., will have to pay about five dollars and fill out an online form to obtain clearance to travel within Europe's 26-nation ID check free area.

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