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Trump moves to quickly fill his top Cabinet ranks 7:31pm EST

NEW YORK U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week, interviewing more candidates at Trump Tower for top jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20.

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U.S. spy agencies fight Congress over plan for probe of covert Russian influence campaign

WASHINGTON The top U.S. intelligence officer has asked Congress to drop a provision in a pending bill that would create a special committee to combat Russian efforts to exert covert influence abroad, saying such a panel would duplicate current work and hinder cooperation with foreign allies.

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House adopts massive defense bill, sees changes under Trump

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives passed a defense policy bill on Friday without some controversial provisions that had worried Democrats, but Republican lawmakers said they expect to revisit the issues once Republican Donald Trump is in the White House.

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Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call

MANILA/WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries.

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Obama expected to sign Iran Sanctions Act extension into law: White House

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign U.S. legislation extending sanctions against Iran for 10 years into law, the White House said on Friday.

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