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1/20/2017

Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th president of the United States at noon Eastern today. In his first address as president, Trump laid out his vision for a strong, prosperous nation and pledged to put American interests first in every decision.

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1/20/2017

Koichi Hamada, adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he will encourage the prime minister to fight back against President Donald Trump's economic policies if they are "wrong." Abe is working to reduce his country's debt and has promised to achieve a budget surplus by 2021.

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Reuters
1/20/2017

As President Barack Obama leaves office, PolitiFact found that the president succeeded in keeping 48.2% of 533 campaign promises it tracked. Obama achieved partial success on another 24.2%.

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1/20/2017

Lee Greenwood performed his signature song, "God Bless the USA," during a pre-inaugural celebration Thursday evening. Greenwood was one of several country music stars to perform at the Lincoln Memorial in preparation for Friday's inauguration.

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1/20/2017

More than 6,000 children in Somalia have been recruited by militant and army forces to use weapons, transport explosives and ammunition, or act as spies since 2010, according to a United Nations Security Council report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Guterres urged all parties to cease child recruitment, saying he was "deeply troubled by the scale and nature of grave violations against children in Somalia and their increase since 2015."

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Al Jazeera, ABC News, Newsweek
1/20/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Derk Segaar of the Netherlands to head the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi, covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan. Segaar previously served as chief of the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office and head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan's Relief, Reintegration and Protection Section.

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Sify.com (India)
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1/20/2017

The Norwegian, Japanese and German governments will partner with the Wellcome Trust and the Gates Foundation in pledging a total of $460 million toward the development of vaccines for Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus, the coalition announced this week at the World Economic Forum. The three diseases top the World Health Organization's list of viruses most likely to cause a major outbreak.

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The Guardian (London), BBC
1/20/2017

Women's groups in Somalia are calling on officials to enforce recent legislation criminalizing sexual offenses, particularly in the case of several boys accused of raping two girls and posting a video on social media. Traditional Somalian justice systems would allow the men to avoid jail time by compensating the victims' families with livestock.

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1/20/2017

Rescue workers have located at least six survivors in an Italian hotel destroyed by an avalanche caused by several earthquakes this week. About 20 more people are believed to be missing.

1/20/2017

The cease-fire agreement in Syria has not stopped armed rebels and government forces from interrupting efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to their opponents, said United Nations humanitarian affairs adviser Jan Egeland. UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has been invited to participate in next week's peace talks convened by Russia, Turkey and Iran.