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The visit to Hong Kong by Chinese leader Zhang Dejiang -- third-ranking official of the Chinese Communist Party, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and the top official responsible for Hong Kong affairs -- was clearly an attempt by Beijing to appear to be conciliatory, with Zhang holding a brief meeting with four pan-democratic legislators.
 
A recovery in the oil price to around US$50 has eased pressure on OPEC to turn down the taps when it gathers in Vienna on Thursday for its first meeting with the powerful Saudi crown prince's new oil minister.
 
China features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China though, he's only just emerging as a public figure, despite fame elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV shows.
 
A desert warfare specialist, Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of ruthless dictator, with brutal atrocities the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror.
 
Politicians and world leaders have dominated the headlines in the campaign for Britain's EU referendum, but a passionate battle for the country's future is also being fought by activists on the streets.
 
Afghanistan's government has offered the new Taliban leader a choice: make peace or face the same fate as his predecessor, killed in a U.S. drone strike last week.
 
Two months after his dramatic arrival in Libya's capital, Fayez al-Sarraj's unity government has won international support but had little impact inside a divided country plagued by jihadists, analysts say.
 
The "breakthrough" deal announced Wednesday to resume handing out bailout money to Greece sounded like old times: the International Monetary Fund working with European countries again as official lenders to Athens.
 
"Big data" could play a huge role in the 2016 U.S. election, even if Donald Trump doesn't think so.
 
Europe's bold intentions to support Libya's new U.N.-backed government are faltering as France and Germany resist a bigger role to rebuild the failed state, scarred by the West's 2011 air campaign to help topple dictator Moammar Gadhafi.
 
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