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Obama hails the 'guidance, comfort' of books
As a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. president, Barack Obama, the 44th, shares with his distant predecessor a passionately felt hobby -- for books, and for reading.
 
GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes
In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.
 
US park visits hit record high for 3rd straight year
Visits to U.S. national parks set a record in 2016 for the third consecutive year as landmarks such Zion, Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain experienced historic levels of popularity that brought collateral headaches stemming from overcrowded roads and trails and increasing visitor misbehavior.
 
China, Taiwan should sit down for talks: former Premier Yu
Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun, leader of Taiwan's delegation to the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump, called for dialogue between China and Taiwan on Tuesday.
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Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, more than 100 dead
A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.
 
Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning's sentence
President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the convicted Army leaker to go free nearly three decades early as part of a sweeping move to offer clemency in the final days of his administration.
 
Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump
President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimacy with fake allegations and "binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises."
 
Taiwan sends coffee procurement delegations to Central America
Two Taiwanese delegations have been assembled by the government to travel to Central America to buy coffee for import, as part of an effort to expand economic and trade relations with Taiwan's diplomatic allies in that region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
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Trump unleashes broadsides, Europe hits back
Top European officials hit back at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the NATO alliance "obsolete" and lashed out at a key nuclear deal with Iran.
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President renews emergency powers, snubs foes
Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro angered his opponents Sunday by refusing to face them for his annual presidential address, fanning tensions as he renewed his emergency powers in a volatile crisis.
 
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