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Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena prides itself on being the world's oldest bank but could, along with its peers, turn into Europe's newest problem as some analysts fear its bad debts may trigger a bank crisis in Italy and eurozone turmoil.
 
Japanese voters are suspicious of the government's economic policies and don't trust controversial plans to change the pacifist constitution -- but they are still expected to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition victory in parliamentary elections.
 
Britain's shock vote to leave the EU is bad news for NATO and for Europe's defense cooperation in general, experts said ahead of this week's NATO summit.
 
Tony Blair was one of Britain's most successful prime ministers but his support for the 2003 war in Iraq has overshadowed his achievements in office and his subsequent career as globe-trotting elder statesman.
 
Seven years after it began, the official inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war finally reports on Wednesday with former Prime Minister Tony Blair expected to face severe criticism.
 
Sadness, insomnia, frustration and confusion: the Brexit blues have gripped many European Union supporters since Britain's shock decision to leave the bloc last week.
 
Australia's two major parties have so far failed to win a majority in the 150-seat House of Representatives to rule outright after national elections on Saturday, with a result not likely for several days.
 
A landslide election victory by Mongolia's opposition is a stinging rejection of the government's failed economic policies, analysts and voters said Thursday, as the country struggles to turn its vast natural resources into national wealth.
 
To his critics, Rodrigo Duterte is a foul-mouthed, serial adulterer fixated on killing criminals. But the millions who voted for the new Philippine leader see him an anti-establishment hero.
 
As Liberia's security forces take over Thursday from U.N. peacekeepers for the first time since civil war ended 13 years ago, national pride is mixed with fears the underfunded police are not up to the task.
 
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