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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pauses while speaking at an event in Cincinnati, Dec. 1, 2016.
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Trump’s Taiwan Trouble

President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan—a move that breaks with nearly 40 years of diplomatic tradition, amid reports that the Trump Organization is looking to expand there

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court November 29, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Jury Deadlocked in Walter Scott Case

Jurors in the Michael Slager murder trial went home for the weekend, after deliberating more than 16 hours over three days in the case of the white former South Carolina patrolman charged in the shooting death of Walter Scott

Smoke fills the air and surrounds businesses and resorts in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Death Toll in Gatlinburg Wildfire Rises to 13

Residents returned to the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remains of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including one who had a heart attack while fleeing the flames

President-elect Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after speaking at U.S. Bank Arena on December 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Unemployment Rate Hits Post-Financial Crisis Low

The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly to 4.6% in November. That’s the lowest rate that economic measure has been since August 2007, and is near what the Federal Reserve calls full employment

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa

Boris Johnson Says Donald Trump Has a 'Point' About NATO

The UK's Foreign Secretary said that the U.S. President-elect "has a point" in his indignation about uneven levels of spending on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, saying it "cannot be justified" that the U.S. bears the major burden of funding it

Adama Barrow, the flag-bearer of the coalition of the seven opposition political parties in Gambia, greets supporters during a gathering in the buffer Zone district of Talinding on November 29, 2016 on the last day of the presidential campaign in Gambia.

Gambia's President Loses Election After 22 Years in Power

President Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, is to concede defeat to real-estate businessman Adama Barrow, in a historic election that was marred with reports of threats and arbitrary arrests by the dictator's administration

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz attends the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss the Starbucks original content series "Upstanders" at AOL HQ on September 7, 2016 in New York City.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Is Stepping Down

Starbucks says CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from the coffee chain that he joined more than 30 years ago. The Seattle-based company announced that Kevin Johnson will become chief executive as of April 3

Well-wishers hold up pictures of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun before he arrives at the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Thais Wait to See How Their New King Will Use His Power

Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun was officially named Rama X, replacing his father as King of Thailand. The 64-year-old is not as beloved as his father and many Thais are anxious to find out what type of monarch the man will be

Rodrigo Duterte

Trump Invites Duterte to the White House

Donald Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House in 2017 during a telephone conversation. Some have drawn similarities between the two leaders based on their unexpected rises to power and their controversial statements and provocative personalities


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The Most Influential Images of All Time

Explore the stories behind 100 images that changed the world, selected by TIME and an international team of curators. What all 100 share is that they are turning points in our human experience