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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City

A Guide to Donald Trump's Foreign Relationships

A committed relationship is hard work, even when both sides really want it to succeed. Here’s your guide to Washington’s current “relationship status” with its most important partners around the world, TIME's Ian Bremmer writes

Signage is displayed on monitors inside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

Stock Indexes Close at Record Highs

Major U.S. stock indexes climbed again and set fresh record highs as a month-long rally following the presidential election of Donald Trump rolled on. Investors have driven up equities over optimism about domestic economic stimulus and reduced corporate taxes and regulations

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The Giraffe Is Now Vulnerable to Extinction

The giraffe is now "vulnerable" to extinction following a population decline due to a slew of different human activities, according to a new report. The giraffe population in southern and eastern Africa has declined by as much as 40% in the past three decades

The US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC.

Bill to Avert Government Shutdown Advances

A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation's fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats

Donald Trump Is TIME’s Person of the Year

Every December, TIME names the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Aceh Province

Indonesia: Aceh Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 102

Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the government in Jakarta promised tons of emergency aid and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people.

President-Elect Donald Trump Holds Meetings At Trump Tower

China Welcomes Nomination of 'Old Friend' as U.S. Envoy

The Chinese government has praised Donald Trump’s nomination of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad — described as an "old friend" — as the next U.S. ambassador to China, in a move seen as a conciliatory gesture. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation

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France's Le Pen Says No Free School for Undocumented Kids

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says children of immigrants who are in the country illegally should be denied the free schooling afforded to French nationals. "No more playtime," the National Front leaders said

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Federal Judge Halts Recount, Sealing Trump's Michigan Win

A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount has ended it, citing a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request a recount. The ruling seals Donald Trump's narrow electoral victory over Hillary Clinton in the state