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United States: Federal republic in North America
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

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Donald Trump picks US ambassador to Canada, Kelly Craft, for UN post after Heather Nauert withdraws from race

Kelly Craft, a Kentucky native, was a member of the US delegation to the UN General Assembly under President George W Bush's administration.
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Donald Trump says situation between India and Pakistan is 'very, very bad'; claims US involved in diffusing tension

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According to Reuters, North Carolina’s elections board on Thursday ordered a new election for a U.S. House seat after officials said corruption surrounding absentee ballots tainted the results of a..

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According to Reuters, Venezuelan troops fired tear gas at angry protesters unable to cross into Colombia on Saturday, after President Nicolas Maduro closed the border to stop the opposition bringing..

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President Trump Announces New Nominee For UN Ambassador [Video]President Trump Announces New Nominee For UN Ambassador

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As tensions over aid rise, Venezuelan troops fire on villagers, kill two

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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gave prosecutors information on Trump family business: NYT

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Mueller report not coming next week: senior U.S. Justice official

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No more MOUs! USTR Lighthizer tweaks trade terminology after dispute with Trump

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Trump nominates Kelly Craft to be U.S. ambassador to U.N

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
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Trump picks envoy to Canada Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, as his envoy to the United Nations. Craft, a top Republican donor..
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Trump says he's inclined to extend China trade deadline and meet Xi soon

By Jeff Mason and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Friday there was "a very good chance" the United States would strike a deal with China to end their trade..
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Trump vows veto as Democrats launch resolution to stop border emergency

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In reversal, U.S. to leave a total of about 400 troops in Syria

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Trump administration bans abortion referrals at U.S.-funded clinics

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U.S. imposes travel restrictions on DR Congo officials for vote abuses

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With Robert Mueller report looming, new US attorney-general William Barr faces decision on going public with findings

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Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un to meet one-on-one at Vietnam; 'meaningful gestures' required to lift sanctions, says US president

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, two leaders who met for the first time in Singapore last June, are due to hold talks in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on 27-28 February.
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Donald Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria as "peacekeeping group", says White House as US withdraws force from war-torn country

"A small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement after the call between the two leaders
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Islamic State faces defeat in Syria after US-backed SDF operations; withdrawal of American troops spells uncertainty for region

Islamic State looked close to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday as civilians poured out and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the remaining jihadists wanted to..
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North Carolina orders new U.S. House election after 'tainted' vote

By Andrew Hay and Gabriella Borter (Reuters) - North Carolina's elections board on Thursday ordered a new election for a U.S. House seat after officials said corruption surrounding absentee ballots..
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U.S. to leave 200 American peacekeepers in Syria after pullout

By Steve Holland and Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will leave "a small peacekeeping group" of 200 American troops in Syria for a period of time after a U.S.
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Judge tightens gag order on ex-Trump adviser Stone, warning he could be jailed

By Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A visibly angry judge on Thursday ordered President Donald Trump's former political adviser Roger Stone to stop speaking publicly about U.S...
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Exclusive: SpaceX, Boeing design risks threaten new delays for U.S. space program

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new..
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Latest teachers strike launched in Oakland, California

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Some 3,000 teachers in Oakland, California, walked off the job on Thursday in a contract dispute over salaries, class size and a proposal to close two dozen schools, the..
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North Korea warns of food crisis, almost halves rations before summit

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea has warned that it is facing a food shortfall of some 1.4 million tons in 2019 and has been forced to almost halve rations, blaming high..
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Trump, adult children urge dismissal of marketing scam lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and his adult children on Thursday urged a federal judge to dismiss a racketeering lawsuit accusing them of using the family name to..
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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren backs reparations for black Americans

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, supports the federal government issuing reparations to black Americans..
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Michael Cohen will testify to US Congress on how he ran Donald Trump dirty tricks department: All you need to know

US president Donald Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen will finally surface before the country's high powered Congress committees starting next Tuesday and dish out dirt on the chief occupant of the..
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UK moves resolution with United Nations Security Council to designate Masood Azhar 'global terrorist'

The French government has also said that it will move a similar proposal under UNSC Resolution 1267, as has the US, which has already named Pakistan behind the carnage. In all, 58 countries have..
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US denies entry to Alabama woman who joined Islamic State saying she is not an American citizen; Donald Trump supports ban

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on Twitter that he was behind the decision to deny her entry, tweeting that "I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to..
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Controversial Alaska gold-copper mine moves step closer to approval

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The world's biggest undeveloped gold and copper mining project, planned in southwestern Alaska near the largest fishery for sockeye salmon globally, moved..
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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to testify before U.S. House oversight panel next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in a public hearing before a U.S.
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Venezuela's deputy U.N. military attache backs Guaido

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Venezuela's deputy U.N. military attache, Colonel Pedro Chirinos, said in a video on social media that he has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim..
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Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo says

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday a woman born in the United States who joined the Islamic State militant group did not qualify for U.S.
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Rebels say Russia blocks food supply to Syria refugee camp

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Russian military police and Syrian troops have blockaded food and goods supply routes to the Rukban refugee camp in Syria in a bid to force thousands of..
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U.S. arrests Coast Guard officer who planned mass attack: prosecutors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have arrested a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who described himself as a white nationalist and amassed a cache of weapons to "murder innocent civilians on a..
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U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The United States and three Central American nations on Wednesday announced an effort to combat trafficking of people to the U.S.-Mexico border, days after..
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U.S. House Democrats move to block Trump's emergency declaration on border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a resolution on Friday to end President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on border security,..
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US storm dumps snow and rain on East Coast and Midwest states, snarls travel, closes schools across country

A sprawling storm dumped several inches of snow from the Midwest to the East Coast and deluged the South with rain Wednesday as it closed schools, snarled air travel and littered highways with crashes.
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Donald Trump emergency declaration will be blocked by Democrats this Friday, setting up high stakes clash in 2020 run-up

US House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing..
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In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late

By Katharine Jackson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the study of his home outside Washington, former priest Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to walk away..
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North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying..
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Trump-California rift widens as auto emissions talks fail

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
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Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Presidential Bid

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Loan of $100 million from Taiwan gives lifeline to Nicaragua's Ortega

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Trump confident he will prevail against lawsuits over emergency declaration

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Trump signs directive in step to create U.S. Space Force

By Mike Stone and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to start the lengthy process of creating a new branch of the military dedicated..
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Bernie Sanders seeks U.S. presidency again in 2020

By John Whitesides and James Oliphant WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont progressive whose 2016 White House campaign garnered fervent grassroots support and pushed the..
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CORRECTED: U.S. envoy for North Korea heads to Vietnam for pre-summit talks

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special representative for North Korea is travelling to Hanoi on Tuesday to continue preparations for a second summit between U.S
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Cuba denies military in Venezuela, charges U.S. readies intervention

By Nelson Acosta and Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba denied on Tuesday it has security forces in Venezuela and charged the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign of lies paving the way for..
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Trump 'in no rush' on North Korea denuclearisation as envoy heads to finalise summit plans

By Jeff Mason and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.
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Brazil to send aid to Venezuela together with U.S.: spokesman

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil will deliver humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border by Feb. 23 together with the United States at the request of Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaid, presidential..
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