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DeVos becomes US education secretary
Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos won confirmation as education secretary Tuesday by the slimmest of margins, pushed to approval only by the historic tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.
 
US lawmakers urge president to sanction Venezuela
A bipartisan group of 34 U.S. lawmakers has sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to step up pressure on Venezuela's government by immediately sanctioning officials responsible for corruption and human rights abuses, The Associated Press has learned.
 
Senators clash over Sessions confirmation hearings as attorney general
Tensions over confirming President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees erupted late Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, where a lawmaker's criticism of attorney general pick Jeff Sessions led to the very rare reprimand of a senator.
 
US labor nominee hired illegal immigrant
Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed a housekeeper who was in the U.S. illegally, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump's push to keep jobs in American hands.
 
U.S. secretary of state reaffirms Six Assurances to Taiwan
New U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recently reaffirmed the Six Assurances regarding U.S. policy toward Taiwan in response to questions from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin before he won confirmation as secretary of state from the Senate on Feb. 1.
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Trump unknowledgeable on one-China's intricacies: expert
U.S. President Donald Trump recognizes the importance of the 'one China' policy but has little idea of the intricacies of its contents, an expert on cross-strait relations said in Washington Wednesday.
 
US Senate confirms Sessions for attorney general
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration despite fierce Democratic opposition to the Alabama Republican over his record on civil rights and immigration.
 
UK's House of Commons passes bill authorizing Brexit
Britain's House of Commons gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill authorizing the government to start exit talks with the European Union, despite fears by opposition lawmakers that the U.K. is setting out on the rocky path to Brexit with a sketchy roadmap.UK's House of Commons passes bill authorizing Brexit
 
What a mess!
Artie Chaney reacts to her damaged home after a tornado struck while she and family members took cover inside, in the eastern part of New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 7.
 
Trump should welcome Tsai's commitment to status quo: U.S. report
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration should welcome Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) commitment to maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, according to a report released Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
 
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