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From the resounding setbacks in Congress to the stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has certainly been confronted with a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House.
 
Britain's early election could draw some support away from the Scottish National Party (SNP) but will likely bolster First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for an independence referendum, experts say.
 
Brazilian voters are sharpening their pitchforks.
 
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is too extreme, but centrist Emmanuel Macron is too young. Conservative Francois Fillon cannot be trusted, Socialist Benoit Hamon is the establishment, and Communist-backed radical Jean-Luc Melenchon, too risky.
 
Ebrahim Raisi, the leading candidate for Iran's hardliners in next month's presidential election, has left many wondering whether the country's fragile opening to the West could be under threat.
 
Russia on Friday criticized the world's chemical weapons watchdog for not sending experts to the site of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, saying it was "unacceptable to analyze events from a distance."
 
Recep Tugcu is convinced: ever since "Tayyip" has been in power, Turkey is living through "its golden age."So he has no hesitation in voting "Yes" in Sunday's referendum on expanding the president's powers.
 
The rejection Tuesday of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's proposal for extra sanctions on Russia and Syria is the latest setback for a former Brexit campaigner struggling for political relevance.
 
The U.S. takedown of the huge Kelihos botnet and the arrest of its Russian operator shut down one of the world's top generators of spam and online extortion.
 
The twin bombings of churches in Egypt suggest that Islamic State group jihadists are lashing out as they find themselves coming under increasing pressure in Iraq and Syria, analysts say.
 
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