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Executive actions ready to go as Trump prepares to take office

WASHINGTON Donald Trump is preparing to sign executive actions on his first day in the White House on Friday to take the opening steps to crack down on immigration, build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and roll back outgoing President Barack Obama's policies.

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U.S. national security handover to Trump bumpy, officials say

WASHINGTON President-elect Donald Trump's national security transition has been more chaotic than others in recent memory, with important positions unfilled and many of his people less able, or willing, to engage on substance, U.S. officials said.

U.S. Treasury nominee Mnuchin hammered over offshore tax havens

WASHINGTON U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he would work to eliminate the need for offshore tax havens, as Democratic senators accused the Wall Street veteran of using such vehicles to shelter hedge fund money from the government. | Video

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China seen posting steady fourth quarter GDP growth of 6.7 percent

BEIJING Boosted by higher government spending and record bank lending, China is expected to report on Friday that its economy grew by a steady 6.7 percent in the fourth quarter, giving it a solid tailwind heading into what is expected to be a turbulent 2017.

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Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era

DAVOS, Switzerland Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.

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U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

WASHINGTON More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday. | Video

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Mexico extradites drug lord 'El Chapo' to U.S. on eve of Trump inauguration

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico Mexico extradited top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to New York on Thursday, ending a career that included two jail breaks and a lead role in a national drug war, the day before Donald Trump assumes the U.S. presidency.

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West African military halt Gambia operation, issue Jammeh deadline

BANJUL/DAKAR West African armies halted an operation in Gambia aimed at installing the country's new president, Adama Barrow, on Thursday so regional leaders could make one last attempt to convince longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to step aside.