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U.S. and South Korean soldiers of the combined 2nd Infantry Division train at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea, in 2015. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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In Trump Meeting With South Korean Leader, A Chance To Reaffirm 'Ironclad' Ties

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Mya Soe, 58, holds a photograph of his daughter Kyi Pyar Soe on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, last year. He says he was told that his daughter was trafficked to China. Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham told reporters Thursday in Washington, D.C., that "it's extremely important" to address attacks on peaceful protests. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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This image — taken via satellite in January 2015 — depicts what the State Department says is the crematorium at Saydnaya prison, including snowmelt on the facility's roof that acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Stuart Jones says is proof of the building's higher temperature. State Department/DigitalGlobe hide caption

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A tweet by Ivanka Trump about her new book was retweeted by a State Department agency. The Office of Global Women's Issues has since deleted the retweet amid ethics concerns. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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A State Department employee, accused of taking gifts from Chinese intelligence agents and not reporting the contacts, pleaded not guilty in a court appearance Wednesday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has instructed consular officials to develop criteria to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" for visa applications. He's shown here last week in Beijing with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 monitors how the climate is changing. Trump's budget would eliminate some satellites, including OCO-3, a next-generation carbon-monitoring spacecraft. NASA hide caption

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Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

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The U.S. has begun deploying the Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense - THAAD - an anti-missile system meant to defend South Korea against attacks from the North. The first components arrived in South Korea last week. U.S. Forces Korea hide caption

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A Long List Of Challenges Awaits Rex Tillerson In Asia

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Dozens of ambassadorial jobs remain vacant, as do some 30 top jobs at State Department headquarters requiring Senate confirmation — positions from deputy secretary of state on down to regional assistant secretaries. J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press hide caption

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Worries Grow As Top Posts Remain Vacant At State Department

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