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Bashar Assad's presidency looks likely to outlast Barack Obama's. As the United States has turned its attention to defeating the Islamic State group, it has softened its stance on the Syrian leader. More than four years ago, Obama demanded that Assad leave power. Administration officials later said Assad did not have to step down on "Day One" of a political transition. Now, they are going further.
Argentine President-elect Mauricio Macri on Monday prepared to confront myriad problems in Latin America's third largest economy, including soaring prices and high government spending that are a legacy of outgoing President Cristina Fernandez.
The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and beyond.
Marcelo Cervigni watches a huge tractor planting soybeans on his farm while flipping through smartphone photos of neighboring canola fields pummeled by a hail storm the night before.
The tide of global rage against the Islamic State group lends greater urgency to ending the jihadis' ability to operate at will from a base in war-torn Syria. That momentum could also force a reevaluation of what to do about President Bashar Assad and puts a renewed focus on the position of his key patrons, Russia and Iran.
The value of stocks, crude oil and the European currency will likely fall this week as investors worry about what the Paris terror attacks will do to consumer confidence and key parts of the global economy.
The deadly attacks in Paris may soon reopen the debate over whether -- and how -- tech companies should let governments bypass the data scrambling that shields everyday commerce and daily digital life.
Bold new ideas for helping Syrian refugees and their overburdened Middle Eastern host countries are gaining traction among international donors, shocked into action by this year's migration of hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians to Europe.
The deadly assaults in Paris could bolster Hillary Rodham Clinton's image as a potential commander in chief, even as the chaos in the Middle East threatens to undercut the policy record of the Democratic White House front-runner.
As leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies gather for a summit in Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be taking a victory lap.
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