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As the youngest leader of a G-7 economy, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi would seem to have youth and time on his side.
 
A page in Cuba's history has turned with the death of its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. So what happens now on the communist island?
 
Austria is one Europe's richest countries, yet the hills are alive not with optimism but with worries about the economy, boosting the far-right candidate ahead of the presidential election on Dec. 4.
 
Environmental group Greenpeace is calling for a ban in Britain on plastic "microbeads," found in many cosmetics, which they warn pollute the oceans and poison marine life.
 
China will be handed the opportunity to reshape the rules for global trade and profit from a more isolated U.S. if President-elect Donald Trump carries out his pledge to abandon the landmark TPP pact, observers say.
 
With its security-sealed plastic boxes and cardboard polling booths, Somalia's election -- under way since last month and still ongoing -- has the trappings of democracy, but few of the functions.
 
Donald Trump's stay of execution for pulling the United States out of a landmark climate pact was welcomed Wednesday by diplomats and experts, even as they fretted about appointments and decisions yet to come.
 
The shout rose up just blocks from the White House -- "Hail Trump, hail our victory" -- and drew enthusiastic Nazi salutes.
 
Just weeks ago, Nigeria's junior oil minister said output was almost back to normal after a year of devastating attacks against the major African oil producer.
 
In the 1935 novel "It Can't Happen Here," an ignorant American demagogue called Buzz Windrip becomes president, promising to make a depressed and fearful country proud, rich and safe again.
 
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