President-elect Donald Trump is taking on corporate America directly with a combination of deal-making, arm-twisting and blustery social media messages. This approach is a departure from the approach taken by recent presidents and a break with traditional conservative policy.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been offered a post as America's next ambassador to China, according to Trump transition officials. A spokesman for China's foreign ministry called Branstad "an old friend of the Chinese people."
President-elect Donald Trump held a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday to introduce his secretary of defense nominee, retired Gen. James Mattis. Republicans added an exemption allowing Mattis to serve as the Pentagon's civilian leader to a must-pass spending bill, creating a headache for Democrats hoping to block the waiver.
TIME has named President-elect Donald Trump its "Person of the Year," dubbing him "President of the Divided States of America" and arguing that he won the honor by "empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears."
Leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany and Italy are calling for an immediate cease-fire in Aleppo, Syria, to allow the Untied Nations to deliver humanitarian aid to residents. On Monday, Russia and China vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day truce.
The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris climate pact are two of outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's biggest accomplishments, he said. However, Ban said he is "shocked by the lack of empathy" of some world leaders regarding conflicts around the world.
Efforts by Tax Inspectors Without Borders to curb tax avoidance in Asian, African and Latin American countries have generated $260 million in additional tax revenue. Tax recovery is helping cash-strapped countries leverage sources of financing, said United Nations Development Programme chief Helen Clark.
United Nations Human Rights Day is Saturday and draws attention to the need for continued development to ease poverty and inequality, writes Rose Delaney. The day underscores the progress made so far and the potential that remains, she writes.
The United Nations biannual Convention on Biological Diversity is meeting this week in Mexico to discuss best practices for coping with climate change. Reducing deforestation and wetlands maintenance are two key topics for experts reviewing options.
Syrian rebels have asked for a five-day cease-fire Aleppo to allow the sick and civilians to be evacuated. Syrian government troops continue to take control of neighborhoods, but rebels seek to remain in the war-torn town.
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