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Merkel begins round 4

Merkel takes the oath of office for the 4th time as Germany's chancellor. Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Angela Merkel took the oath of office for the 4th time on Tuesday, after a protracted coalition standoff that had seemed to imperil her political future was resolved earlier this month. If she stays on through the end of her term in 2021, she will have led Germany for 16 years.

Go deeper: Putting that remarkable longevity in perspective.

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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

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Meet John Bolton, Trump's new national security adviser

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

President Trump said Thursday that national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who's resigning, will be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hawkish former United States ambassador to the United Nations.