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(CNN) – In a joint news conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the APEC summit, both leaders announced a climate change deal that they say is designed to reduce carbon emissions by almost a third over the next 15 years, with non-binding goals for the reduction of these pollutants.
But what some environmentalists are calling a big first step in the efforts to reverse the effects of climate change, is getting the cold shoulder from some Republican lawmakers, especially the man who will likely soon be the chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.
London (CNN) - The comet probe Philae may have bounced when it landed, the European Space Agency (ESA) said Wednesday.
It is the first time a soft landing has been achieved on a comet - but there was a hitch.
Comet 67P has a very weak gravity, so anchoring harpoons were designed to shoot into the comet to fix the spacecraft to the surface. They failed to fire and Philae is not firmly secure, ESA says.
Philae lander manager Stephan Ulamec said the probe may have lifted off again and turned.
(CNN) – Russia's recent military movement in Crimea is an attempt to further destabilize Ukraine, says the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
"Their sole purpose, I think, at this point is to show destabilization for a period of time, especially going into the winter months which would advantage Russia when it comes to the energy," said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan.
While Rogers says it is unlikely another land grab from Russia is imminent, leader Vladimir Putin is "flexing his muscles at a time when he thinks there's confusion in U.S. policy."
"A few years ago he had three really big objectives: one, to keep Georgia out of NATO; two, to keep Ukraine out of NATO and leaning west; and (three), pushing back on missile defense," said Rogers.
"In his mind now, he's three for three," he said.
For more of our interview with chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, check out the video above.
(CNN) – Hardened jihadists currently fighting with militant group ISIS overseas had direct contact with three Denver teenagers – 15- and 17-year-old sisters, and their 16-year-old friend, CNN has learned. ISIS used social media to lure them to jihad.
CNN's Pamela Brown reports.
Washington (CNN) - Top Congressional Republican leaders quickly criticized the U.S.-China climate change pact to cut carbon emissions that President Barack Obama announced while traveling in Asia.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Jim Inhofe, who is expected to chair the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, slammed the agreement in statements released shortly after the deal was announced Wednesday.
"I read the agreement – requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emission regulations are creating havoc in my state and other states around the country," McConnell, who hails from the coal state of Kentucky, said on Capitol Hill.