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1/23/2017

President Donald Trump will meet with executives this week to discuss trade agreements, jobs and national security issues during his first full week in office. On Friday, he will have his first meeting with a foreign dignitary, British Prime Minister Theresa May.

1/23/2017

The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel released an opinion Friday that said it would not be considered nepotism if President Donald Trump named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to a position at the White House. The Justice Department found the nepotism law applies to agencies in the executive branch, but not the White House itself.

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Politico
1/23/2017

As President Donald Trump begins his term in office, his agenda promises major departures from past practices. The article takes a closer look at this agenda as it relates to domestic, international and economic issues.

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1/23/2017

During President Donald Trump's inauguration, former President George W. Bush struggled to keep his rain poncho from flying away. Photos show Bush fighting with the plastic poncho for several minutes before laughingly giving up with the garment.

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The Huffington Post
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George W. Bush, Trump
1/23/2017

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have asked the public to share ideas for the Obama Foundation, a nonprofit they're calling a "startup for citizenship." The couple said the nonprofit, which would be headquartered on Chicago's South Side, would "focus on developing the next generation of citizens -- and what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century."

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The Hill
1/23/2017

Talks between representatives from the Syrian government and rebel forces began today in Kazakhstan, mediated by United Nations Syrian envoy Staffan de Mistura. A cease-fire is expected to be the focal point of the discussions.

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Syrian government, UN
1/23/2017

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres denounced anti-Semitism as "a manifestation of racism" and promised to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. He spoke at a synagogue in New York, where he was introduced by Holocaust survivor Rabbi Arthur Schneier.

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Antonio Guterres
1/23/2017

Progress was made in 2016 against numerous threats to global health, writes vaccinologist Melvin Sanicas, including the creation of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, training rats to detect tuberculosis, and work on vaccines for malaria, shingles, dengue fever, and Ebola.

1/23/2017

The World Food Programme reversed policy and allowed employees to participate in marches on Saturday as long as they did not claim to represent the WFP at the protests.

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World Food Programme
1/23/2017

Over $100 billion in additional annual investment and government support for small farmers is needed to combat "land grabbing" and promote sustainable agriculture and end world hunger by 2030, says the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.