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Why Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China

Donald Trump has selected Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the next US ambassador to China. Governor Branstad's ties to China – and Chinese president Xi Jinping – go back decades.

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Opinion: An automotive privacy collision

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration owes it to motorists to set more robust and clearer privacy standards for connected cars.

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The legal exemption making life easier for ethical hackers

An exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act allows hackers to conduct good will research into medical devices, automobiles, and other internet-connected devices without threat of lawsuits from manufacturers. 

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Why Lebanese women are protesting a decades-old rape law

About a dozen white veiled women stood outside government buildings on Tuesday as Lebanon's parliament discussed whether or not it should do away with a law that decriminalizes rape, provided the rapist marries his victim. 

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Rescue workers search for survivors in 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia

Close to 100 people were killed and hundreds others injured by an earthquake that struck Indonesia's Aceh province early Wednesday morning.

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How this woman became a voice for children in foster care

In her mid-60s, Char Williams found her calling as an advocate in court – and in life – for these youths.

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Arab democracy? How Morocco's grand experiment went wrong

Heralded as a 'third way' amid the uprisings and crackdowns of the Arab Spring, Morocco introduced a new constitution and other reforms.

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Two tech companies win first Stop Slavery Award after workforce scrutiny

The award aims to recognize businesses that excel in efforts to investigate human rights abuses and clean up their supply chain. The first recipients are Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NXP Semiconductors.

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Colombia's new peace deal: Will it work?

Colombia's revised peace accord glided through Congress on Nov. 30, nearly two months after the initial version was rejected in a plebiscite. How important are the changes, and what chance of success?

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Why is Angela Merkel, of all people, seeking to ban the burqa? (+video)

Europe's most pro-migrant head of state appears to have made a concession to the far-right by calling for a ban on the religious veil. But is it really a concession?

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French President Hollande names new prime minister

The new pick comes after Manuel Valls, the former prime minister, stepped down to seek the presidency – and possibly save France's Socialist party.

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As US and Iran knock heads again, Tehran hard-liners feel vindicated

The votes in Congress to extend US non-nuclear sanctions against Iran have hard-liners in Tehran fuming. And the Trump team isn’t likely to improve matters.

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Why is Angela Merkel calling for a ban on the full Islamic veil?

Some say Merkel is hoping to appease conservative elements in her party by calling for a widespread ban on the full Islamic veil.

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Why a presidential scandal is boosting free speech in South Korea

The level of protest and criticism of President Park is a major shift for a country that the UN Human Rights Committee warned last year was using criminal defamation laws to prosecute critics.

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Seven-year-old Syrian Twitter activist reported safe

Followers and fans worried when a young Aleppo resident's Twitter account went silent over the weekend. 

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Website seeks to match migrants with employers in Germany

Hussein Shaker, cofounder of MigrantHire, has channeled his own experience trying to find work as a migrant into helping others. So far more than 8,000 migrants have registered on the website.

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Child porn on government devices: A hidden security threat

Explicit images of minors, which have been discovered on federal workers' computers across the government, can be gateways for criminal hackers and foreign spies. What's the best way to combat the problem? 

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'Trump effect' topples Italy's PM – and could shake Europe further in 2017

Prime Minister Renzi resigned after Italians rejected his constitutional reforms. Experts attribute that in part to Donald Trump's election – which could upend elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands next.

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Does Parliament need to OK Brexit? Britain's Supreme Court to decide.

Britain's highest judicial body will decide whether the government can trigger the process to separate from the European Union without parliament's approval.

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Fake US embassy in Ghana operated for 'about a decade'

Before it was shut down, the fake embassy in Ghana's capital, Accra, issued an unknown number of counterfeit and stolen visas.

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