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Emmanuel Macron speaks before Congress. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron issued an implicit condemnation of President Trump's "America First" outlook to a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday: "We can choose isolation, withdrawal, and nationalism … But closing the door to the world will not stop the evolution of the world.” He added later, "The United States is the one who invented this multilateralism. You are the one now who has to preserve and reinvent it."

The big picture: Though President Trump and Macron projected a jovial friendship during their time together in Washington this week, Macron came prepared to change Trump's isolationist mind on key global agreements, like the Paris climate agreement and Iran nuclear deal.

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The most corrupt governments in the world are in South Sudan, Syria and Somalia, according to Transparency International's annual index, while the "cleanest" are in Denmark, Finland and New Zealand.

  • Breaking it down: The U.S. is 27th, China 66th, India 85th, Brazil 96th and Russia 136th. Scroll over the map to see each country's ranking.

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Bogus cryptocurrency investments led to an unprecedented increase in online scams last year, according to new data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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