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Trump plays host to reception and meeting with U.S. congressional leaders in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Rex Tillerson is seen during his confirmation hearing for United States Secretary of State at the Driksen Senate Office Building on Wednesday January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Rex Tillerson Nears Confirmation as Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's choice to be the nation's top diplomat

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building, January 12, 2017.

Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as CIA Chief

The Senate debated and then voted by 66-32 to confirm Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA. Democrats raised questions about whether he is transparent in his beliefs about Russia's meddling in the U.S. election

Participants of Syria peace talks attends meeting in Astana

What to Know About the Latest Syria Talks

Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war

Nigeria Aid Criticism

Boko Haram's Victims Include Over 500,000 Malnourished Kids

More than half a million children in the area wracked by Boko Haram are so malnourished their lives could be in danger unless they get aid, a U.N. humanitarian official said, describing a region where some communities have lost all their toddlers


Brazil Judge's Death Sparks Conspiracy Theories

Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavasck had been preparing to ratify testimony from executives at Odebrecht, the construction firm at the center of the 'Car Wash' scandal linked to almost every senior lawmaker in the country. He recently received threats, his son said

South Korea Samsung Note 7

Samsung Reveals What Caused the Galaxy Note 7 Fires

Samsung Electronics said that problems with the design and manufacturing of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caused them to overheat and burst into fire. The announcement comes three months after the flagship phone was discontinued

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Scientists Reissue Warning on Fried and Burned Foods

New evidence in animal studies suggests that regularly eating fried, browned or burnt foods—such as French fries or toast—may increase the risk of cancer, because the chemical byproducts of frying or browning could lead to the disease

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert during Thursday's 12/15/16 show in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)

Stephen Colbert Will Host the 2017 Emmys

Stephen Colbert has been tapped to host the Emmys this year. The Late Show host will host the 69th annual primetime ceremony in the fall — assuring that the ceremony won't lack for jokes about Donald Trump

Mark Twain

Unpublished Story by Mark Twain to Appear in the Fall

A children's story Mark Twain never finished will gain new life this fall thanks to author Phillip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead. The story is about a poor boy named Johnny whose magical seeds lead to a whirlwind adventure