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The American economy slipped yet again to a lower ranking in 2016 as a result of a combination of regulatory burdens, large public debt and business taxes according to a watchdog survey of global economic freedoms.
 
In a powerful and optimistic address to the nation, President Donald Trump made his case for the road forward in his new presidency.
 
"More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are going hungry, and facing devastating levels of food insecurity," warned U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
 
As a North Korean medium range Pukguksong missile arched across the sky landing menacingly in the Sea of Japan, the intended political target of the nuclear capable rocket was the visit of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States.
 
Afghanistan's seemingly endless conflict continues as civilian causalities in the protracted war are nearly double what they were a decade ago.
 
Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the U.N.'s barometer of international economic trends.
 
Chaos, conflict and crisis are some of the words that best describe the combustible global situation that new U.S. President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor.
 
Calling for a major reappraisal of how the international community responds to a widening series of conflicts, and challenging policymakers to take a courageous look at a new template to maintain global peace and security, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, made a bold and far reaching appeal for Conflict Prevention initiatives.
 
The page has been turned. And the new U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff, Guterres stated, "I think we should have no illusions. We are facing very challenging times."
 
While Washington awaits the inauguration of a new president on Jan. 20, the United Nations has quietly passed its baton of leadership to a new secretary-general from Portugal. Addressing the U.N.
 
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