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Republicans have stretched closer to delivering a big legislative victory for their party, passing a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The House passage of the bill on November 16 on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

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The Trump administration announced a major gang sweep Friday, with the arrest of more than 200 members of the violent street gang MS-13.

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China on Thursday reiterated its call for an agreement between North Korea and the U.S. under which the North would gain concessions if it freezes its nuclear weapons program, apparently contradicting remarks a day earlier by President Donald Trump.

These comments come one day after China, North Korea’s only major ally, said that it would send a high-level special envoy to the North’s capital, Pyongyang, amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors. Mr. Trump referred to the diplomatic envoy as a “big move.”

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Crippled by low global oil prices and years of heavy spending on social programs, Venezuela’s economy continues to flounder after the government missed bond payments and received no promise of help from its biggest creditor, China.

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An increase in suicide rates among United States teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe seemed almost untouchable for much of his nearly four-decade rule. Shrewd and ruthless, he stayed in power despite advancing age, growing opposition, international sanctions and the dissolving economy of a once-prosperous nation.

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South Sudan’s army is steadily capturing more rebel-held territory, even as peace talks try to find a resolution to the country’s nearly four-year-old civil war.

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Police and federal agents with rifles checked car trunks, banged on doors, and gathered forensic evidence in a Tampa neighborhood as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for gunning down four people for no apparent reason in just over a month.

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Germany sold more than $520 million worth of weapons exports to Saudi Arabia and Egypt from July through September. This figure, which was announced by the German Economy Ministry after a member of parliament requested the information, is more than five times the arms sales during the same period in 2016.

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The head of the UN food agency is telling world leaders that the only way to end global hunger is to end conflicts, which would also free up billions of dollars to build roads and infrastructure and promote economic growth in all developing countries.

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A gunman choosing targets at random opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at an elementary school before police shot him dead, authorities said.

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A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night, and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said.

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Three United States aircraft carriers cruised alongside South Korean destroyers through waters off South Korea’s eastern coast on November 11, beginning four days of joint naval exercises between the two nations.

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Ever so slowly, North Korea is going online.

The free flow of information is anathema to authoritarian regimes, and with the possible exception of the African dictatorship of Eritrea, North Korea is still the least internet-friendly country on Earth. Access to the global internet for most is unimaginable. Hardly anyone has a personal computer or an email address that is not shared, and the price for trying to get around the government’s rules can be severe.

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The work-life balance has never been so askew as today. Most of us no longer can leave the job behind when we head home. The office is now with us continually. It is on our cellphones, our laptops, our tablets. We are then confronted with an irony: achieving work-life balance now takes work.

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The march has become the largest Independence Day event in recent years, overshadowing official state observances and other patriotic events. Some participants expressed sympathy for xenophobic or white supremacist ideas, with one banner reading, “White Europe of brotherly nations.”

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This past week the air was the worst it has been all year in the capital, with microscopic particles that can affect breathing and health spiking to 75 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organization.

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After four American Army Green Berets were killed in early October in Niger when their convoy was ambushed by terrorists, U.S. citizens were in shock. Yet it was less from the deaths themselves than the place where they were killed.

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Despite the bust, the nation is still struggling to stop the amount of coca plants used to produce cocaine from growing within its borders.

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France is still hunting for suspects in the 2015 attacks that killed 130 people around Paris and that “zones of mystery” remain about the Islamic State group cell that carried them out, France’s top counterterrorism prosecutor said November 10.

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The law drew swift criticism from international human rights advocates, who say it cracks down on dissent by criminalizing peaceful protests, the hallmark of a democratic society.

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The European Union piled more pressure on Britain Friday by insisting there must be real progress in the Brexit talks in the next two weeks if London wants negotiations to move on to future trade relations next month.

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The UN humanitarian chief warned that unless the Saudi-led military coalition lifts its blockade on Yemen, the war-torn nation will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

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Across the globe, the slave trade is alive and well. A staggering 79 percent of victims are women and children.

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Sixteen years since the United States began waging wars in Afghanistan and Iraq after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the costs have been staggering.

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Suspicious of a belligerent and unpredictable Russia, NATO is expanding its operations for the first time since the end of the Cold War and drawing up plans to improve the way the military alliance commands and deploys its forces.

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In 1730s colonial America, Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanack, “I saw few die of hunger, of eating 100,000.”

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More than 50 million dead in World War II. Another 250,000 during the Vietnam War. Enemy states on the brink of annihilating one another during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Commercial jetliners highjacked by terrorists and slammed into buildings that became deadly infernos on September 11.

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“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard,” the founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson, once said.

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The scientists from the Nature Conservancy briefed the lawmakers on November 2 about what they called an unprecedented situation for Hawaii’s sea life.

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We tried to remove it in the years following the Civil War. We dreamed it would go away during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Yet we still grapple with racism today.

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