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Donald's departure: President Trump leaves the White House today

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump will walk out of the White House and board Marine One for the last time as president Wednesday morning, leaving behind a legacy of chaos and tumult and a nation bitterly divided.
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Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump, in one of his final acts of office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies.
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Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others, in final hours in office

U.S. President Donald Trump has granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations he will issue during his final hours in office, a senior administration official said.
Trump was not expected to pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was at the forefront of unsuccessful efforts to get the results of the 2020 presidential election overturned, according to sources.
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Outreach by Tunisian leaders fails to quell youth unrest

TUNIS, TUNISIA -- Tunisian youth clashed with police overnight, maintaining their protests and riots over economic difficulties despite efforts by the president and the prime minister to calm tensions.
"Your voice is heard, and your anger is legitimate, and it is my role and the role of the government to work to realize your demands and to make the dream of Tunisia to become true," Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi appealed to the protesters on national television Tuesday night.
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Facing crush of crises, Biden will take helm as U.S. president

WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden swears the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors.
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As U.S. President Donald Trump leaves office, the Arctic is probably far from the minds of most Americans.
Yet the region, where the U.S. is one of five nations with territorial waters, has loomed surprisingly large in the waning days of his presidency.
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Ghislaine Maxwell's sex relationships with adults can be secret: judge

NEW YORK -- Testimony by Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend about her sexual experiences with consenting adults can remain secret when a transcript is released next week, a judge said Tuesday.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Loretta A.
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Netanyahu courts Arab voters in election-year turnabout

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has spent much of his long career casting Israel's Arab minority as a potential fifth column led by terrorist sympathizers, is now openly courting their support as he seeks reelection in the country's fourth vote in less than two years.
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Trump administration issues leases in Alaska's Arctic refuge

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it has issued leases covering nearly 1,770 square kilometres in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a move denounced by critics in the waning hours of the Trump administration.
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Alibaba's Jack Ma makes first live appearance in three months in online meet

SHANGHAI -- Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma met 100 rural teachers in China via a live video meeting on Wednesday morning, in the businessman's first appearance since October, triggering a sharp jump in the Hong Kong listed shares of the e-commerce giant.
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Trump administration issues last-minute leases in Alaska's Arctic refuge

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it has issued leases covering nearly 1,770 square kilometres in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in a move denounced by critics in the waning hours of the Trump administration.
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Trump pardons former top strategist Steve Bannon, says source

U.S. President Donald Trump has granted clemency to former White House aide Steve Bannon as part of a wave of pardons and commutations he will issue during his final hours in office, a senior administration official said.
Trump was not expected to pardon himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was at the forefront of unsuccessful efforts to get the results of the 2020 presidential election overturned, according to sources.
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McConnell pressures Democrats to keep Senate filibuster

WASHINGTON -- In one of his final acts as majority leader, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is pressuring Democrats to keep the filibuster -- the procedural tool that liberals and progressives are eager to to do away with so U.S.
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