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2/17/2017

The Department of Justice revealed President Donald Trump has no plans to take his travel ban to the Supreme Court, and instead will likely replace the executive order with a new immigration act next week. There is no word yet whether the new order will be tailored to be more acceptable to the courts.

2/17/2017

The full Senate voted 52-46 to confirm Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency today. As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt was a critic of the agency and filed several lawsuits over EPA regulations.

2/17/2017

A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State militants has killed at least 88 people at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, leading Pakistani forces to kill scores of suspected terrorists and raise the country's security measures. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres offered the UN's sympathy to the country and those injured in the blast.

2/17/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned against attempts to undermine efforts on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is "no Plan B," he said.

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2/17/2017

The United Nations refugee agency is asking for permission to negotiate for the resettlement of about 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar in developed nations in Europe and North America, according to a UN official. The UN estimates 69,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled recently and that more than 1,000 have been killed by military violence, which Myanmar officials say has ended.

2/17/2017

Extreme poverty caused by two years of war may be leading to an increase in child marriages in Yemen as families struggle to support children, observers say. The United Nations Population Fund has warned that child marriage, which had decreased in the country, may be on the rise again, with the average girl marrying at 15.

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2/17/2017

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization held an emergency meeting in Zimbabwe to work on a strategy to contain the armyworm outbreak in southern Africa that could leave many facing food insecurity. Southern African Development Community representative Esaiah Tjele said a lack of funding and scientific skills delayed identification of the pest.

2/17/2017

The United Nations secretary-general's special adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, said all parties must focus on how to move forward in reunification talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders after discussions ended abruptly this week. Both leaders "have expressed very clearly a determination to continue, not to let this stop the process because there is strong determination," said Eide.

2/17/2017

The House Republican plan to impose a border tax on imports has drawn opposition from business interests. That has lawmakers struggling to find an alternative.

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2/17/2017

Twitter users criticized the Library of Congress for featuring a poster of President Donald Trump that included a typo. The poster, which read, "No dream is too big, no challenge is to great," has been removed from the online store.