economic development

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Southern hospitality helps Japanese firm find Kentucky home

No country attracts more foreign investment than the U.S. A Japanese manufacturer found suitors aplenty at the SelectUSA Summit for its new plant and chose Kentucky.
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U.S. tariffs among lowest around the globe [infographic]

U.S. tariffs — taxes on imported goods — are among the lowest in the world and have been for years. See how the rest of the world stacks up in this graphic.
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U.S., G7 partners meet in Charlevoix, Canada [video]

Leaders from the G7 group of industrialized nations meet in Charlevoix, Canada, on June 8-9. Watch this video to learn more about the G7.
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Her mission is to connect the world

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, who's running for a leadership role in the International Telecommunication Union, is leading efforts to help people everywhere access the internet.
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What do you think about ‘debt-trap diplomacy’?

Is your country at risk of "debt-trap diplomacy" — predatory loans that lock countries in a cycle of dependency?
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When government chokes the internet, business dies

The Iranian government announced plans to block a popular messaging app. About a million Iranian citizens rely on the service to build their businesses.
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How U.S. aid avoids ‘debt-trap diplomacy’

Sometimes foreign loans and investment come with strings attached.
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Tillerson pays tribute to victims of terrorism in Nairobi

Twenty years after terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and the U.S. remain strong allies, working closely to defeat terrorism, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
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Trump administration acts to close the ‘digital gender gap’

Getting more women connected to the internet can help pull their families out of extreme poverty. A new USAID initiative is trying to find ways to do just that.