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The reopening of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository nearly three years after a radiation leak marks a key step toward cleaning up a decadeslong legacy of bomb-making and research, but the U.S. energy secretary said more needs to be done before a backlog of contaminated material starts heading to the New Mexico desert again.
 
A drifter convicted of killing two Massachusetts men in 2001 carjackings was sentenced Monday to death for the second time.
 
Trump, Jack Ma discuss Alibaba creating jobs in US
US president-elect Donald Trump often railed against Chinese trade practice during his campaign. On Monday, it was a different approach after he met with Jack Ma, the billionaire founder and executive chairman of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Ltd, with Trump saying: "Jack and I are going to do some great things".
 
Nicaragua reaffirms support for Taiwan's international participation
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega reaffirmed his country's support for Taiwan's participation in United Nations-affiliated organizations and other international organizations, during a meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in the capital of Nicaragua on Monday.
 
Trump names son-in-law senior White House advisor
Donald Trump on Monday named son-in-law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisor, rewarding the man widely credited as the brains behind his election but courting serious legal and ethical concerns.
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Feulner admits having phone call with President Tsai during her U.S. transit
Heritage Foundation founder Edwin Feulner, a senior adviser to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, confirmed Monday that he spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) by phone but did not meet with her during her stopover in Houston.
 
Taiwan president meets Nicaraguan counterpart in Managua
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo of Nicaragua on Monday after arriving in the country on the second leg of her Central America trip.
 
Trump son-in-law Kushner to take senior White House role
US President-elect Donald Trump appointed his influential son-in-law Jared Kushner as a White House senior adviser Monday, putting the young real estate executive in position to exert broad sway over both domestic and foreign policy, particularly Middle East issues and trade negotiations.
 
Taiwan, Honduras reaffirm strong bilateral relationship
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of Taiwan and President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras have reaffirmed the ties between the two countries and promised to take the bilateral relationship into a new era.
 
Streep, Trump trade barbs amid actress' Globes speech
Meryl Streep's acceptance speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes turned out to be the opening volley in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump.
 
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