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It’s nearly 2017, but 2016 isn’t going out without drama. Following a controversial decision to abstain from a U.N. vote on Israeli settlements, John Kerry came out swinging against the country’s right-wing government.

Meanwhile, a violent arrest was caught on camera in Texas — triggering protests and outrage.

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It’s a precarious time for environmental activists, but there is still hope: President Obama designated two new national monuments on Wednesday, despite uproar from Republicans.