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After months of a tumultuous campaign featuring outsiders who have upended the U.S. political system, voters will finally have their say in Iowa -- the first test of the 2016 presidential race.
 
In one year, Barack Obama will leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So what will life be like for America's first black president after two terms at the White House?
 
Was this weekend's nuclear deal and Washington's surprise prisoner swap with Tehran the final high point of a one-off diplomatic initiative or the start of a real realignment?
 
The Taliban have demanded a hefty new "protection tax" from Afghan mobile phone companies, industry and militant sources told AFP, as the resurgent group tightens its stranglehold on a rare successful business in a slumping war economy.
 
Looking more avuncular than authoritarian, Cambodian premier Hun Sen crouches for a selfie for his Facebook page with young scouts -- part of a social media blitz selling the strongman's cuddlier side as he seeks to extend a 30-year grip on power.
 
When future generations write the history of humanity's faltering quest to repair Earth's climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter.
 
As President-elect Tsai Ing-wen pledges a stronger Taiwan that is proud of its identity, tensions with mainland China are already simmering as Beijing watches and waits.
 
The Islamic State group may be losing ground in its strongholds of Iraq and Syria but as the attack in Indonesia this month showed, the jihadists are rallying other groups under their banner, analysts say.
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found himself in a bitter election fight in recent days to decide the leader of his party -- even though he was the only candidate.
 
This week's suicide attack in Istanbul has dealt a fresh blow to tourism in Turkey, which had already lost holidaymakers due to growing European jitters over terrorism and a spat with Russia, once a top supplier of visitors.
 
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