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Terry-Branstad-120716.jpg President-elect Donald Trump has selected Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, according to numerous media reports. The Republican governor is said to be a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping and could help ease tensions between the two countries.

The U.S. admitted 84,995 refugees in fiscal year 2016, the most since 1999. But where they settled varied widely, with some states taking in large numbers and others very few, according to an analysis of U.S. State Department data. California, Texas and New York resettled the most refugees in fiscal...

All on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight are feared dead as it crashed in northern Pakistan Wednesday, reports say. Flight PK-661 from Chitral to Pakistan's capital Islamabad with 42 passengers and 6 crew, declared emergency reporting problems with the left engine shortly afterwards...

Donaldtrump-TIME-120716.jpg U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2016. The New York business tycoon stunned the world on November 8th with a surprise win over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton after political pundits and most opinion polls almost ruled out his chances to...

NASA has selected a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend the United States' lead in measuring key greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space to advance the understanding of Earth's natural exchanges of carbon between the land, atmosphere and ocean. The primary goals of the...

Researchers have built an elegant computational model that reflects how humans think and communicate, thereby teaching computers to understand structured narratives within the flow of posts on the Internet. A multidisciplinary team of UCLA researchers said their success at managing large-scale data...

GenJamesMattis-120716.jpg US President-elect Donald Trump has officially nominated retired Marine Corps general James N. Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense. Trump announced his intention to nominate the four-star general while addressing the first meeting in his "thank you" tour, held in Cincinnati, Ohio, last week. He...

Trump-Carrier-120616.jpg A deal that US President-elect Donald J. Trump struck with an air conditioner company in Indiana that helped retain about 1000 jobs in the country was well received by American voters, a new poll shows. After negotiations with Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence last week, Carrier decided against...

Singapore has the highest achieving students in international education rankings, according to the OECD's latest PISA survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems. The OECD's PISA 2015 tested around 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economies on science,...

Popular TV program host Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Oscar Awards ceremony, which is scheduled to be telecast on the ABC Television Network February 26. This will be the first time the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live has hosted the Academy Awards. Kimmel himself confirmed the rumor that he would...

Jill Stein's recount challenge in the deep-blue Pennsylvania city did not change the number of votes netted by the candidates, except Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who improved her tally by five votes, A Philadelphia blog reports. City Commissioner's Office recounted votes in...

DonaldTrump-120616.jpg US President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to address the voters in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Tuesday night in the second leg of his "Thank You" tour, which takes him to predominantly those regions that helped him earn a surprise presidential election victory. The first in a series of rallies...

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation Monday following a referendum on his constitution reform plan was defeated put the country in a political stalemate. The anti-constitutional reform campaign won the support of around 60 percent voters while there were only 40 percent Yes votes. Renzi...

Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein said she will host a rally and press conference outside Trump Tower on Monday, at 10:00AM ET, vowing to fight tooth and nail to verify the accuracy, security, and fairness of the vote in three swing states that Donald Trump won. Green Party's presidential candidate...

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has called on all countries, including those which possess no nuclear or other radioactive material, to ensure effective nuclear security, as terrorists and criminals will try to exploit any vulnerability in the global nuclear security system. He warned that "Any...

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