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Akie Abe, Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump and Melania Trump (© AP Images)

Trump and Japan’s Abe affirm ‘very crucial alliance’

President Trump and first lady Melania welcomed Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, to Florida over the weekend.
Painting of large Civil War battle (Image by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

The debate over the Confederate flag

More than 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the flag of the Confederate army of the South remains a source of controversy in America.
Jim Mattis, seated (Defense Dept.)

Trump’s defense secretary: U.S. stands with South Korea and Japan

In his first trip as defense secretary, Jim Mattis underscores the U.S. commitment to Japan and South Korea and aims to strengthen mutual cooperation.
President Trump and Neil Gorsuch shaking hands (© AP Images)

Trump names Supreme Court nominee: Who is he and what happens...

President Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. He's an experienced federal judge from Colorado. What happens next?
Man with blue glasses (© Kara Frame/NPR)

Guy Raz, host of NPR’s ‘How I Built This,’ on entrepreneurship

Guy Raz is the host of the podcast “How I Built This,” where he interviews entrepreneurs, innovators and executives from all over the world.
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Team USA wins Bocuse d’Or cooking competition

For the first time, an American team has won gold at the Bocuse d'Or, considered the cooking world’s equivalent of the Olympics.
Front and back of gold coin (U.S. Mint)

The new face of U.S. currency: An African-American ‘Lady Liberty’

For the first time in the history of U.S. currency, the United States will make a coin featuring Lady Liberty as an African-American woman.
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Presidential letters to successors: What do they say?

When Donald Trump arrived at the White House after being sworn in as the 45th president, waiting for him was a letter from his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Dragon puppet on street (© AP Images)

The Year of the Rooster: How are Americans celebrating?

People across the United States and around the world will come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year, one of many winter holidays celebrated in America.