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Trump sworn in as 45th US President

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States on January 20, pledging to put “America first” at all times but also to strengthen existing alliances, forge new ones, and let the country “shine as an example for everyone to follow.” In a brief inaugural address after taking the oath of office while thousands protested against him on the streets of Washington, some violently, Trump promised a “great national effort to rebuild our country” for all its people. But he lashed out at opponents and the political establishment by charging that the elite in Washington has prospered at the expense of ordinary citizens, and...

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Saudi FM “optimistic” about Trump administration

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says he is “optimistic” that President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will work to restore U.S. influence in the world, contain Iran, and fight the ISIS extremist group. “We are optimistic about the incoming administration and look forward to working with it in all areas that are a concern for both of us,” Jubeir told reporters in Paris on January 16. “We will look at the Trump administration’s view as articulated. Wanting to restore America’s role in the world, we welcome this. Wanting to defeat [ISIS], absolutely. Wanting to contain Iran and prevent it from causing...

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US expels Russian diplomats over election hacking allegations, Russia vows response

By: Sputnik News Source: Sputnik News “The outgoing US administration of Barack Obama, accusing Russia of all mortal sins, trying to blame us for the failure of its foreign policy initiatives among others, as you know, groundlessly pushed further allegations that Russia intervened in the US election campaign at the national level,” Lavrov told reporters. The Russian Foreign Ministry proposed Russian President Vladimir Putin to expel 31 staff members of the US Embassy in Moscow and 4 workers of the US consulate in St. Petersburg, Lavrov said. The Russian foreign minister called allegations of Russia’s interference in the US election campaign “groundless.” On...

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