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First a cease-fire in Syria, then aid and then -- who knows -- perhaps a political transition? Don't bet on it, analysts warn, saying Washington has put too much faith in Moscow.
 
So much for having good neighbors. South American leaders basically sat back and watched as Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff flailed and fumed and fought for her political life and ultimately lost, at least the first round.
 
He won Taiwan's largest-ever landslide victory, a safe pair of hands promising prosperity and stability -- but President Ma Ying-jeou leaves office this month caricatured as incompetent, aloof and wildly out of step with public sentiment.
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Fifty years after the Cultural Revolution spread bloodshed and turmoil across China, the Communist-ruled country is driving firmly down the capitalist road, but Mao Zedong's legacy remains -- like the embalmed leader himself -- far from buried.
 
Militants inspired by the Islamic State group's ideology are seeking to benefit from the desperation of young Palestinians to strengthen their foothold in the Gaza Strip.
 
North Korea's first ruling party congress for nearly four decades proclaimed the formal start of the Kim Jong Un era, but the event was more notable for nods to the past than promises for the future.
 
Making the right pass at a crucial moment made Michel Platini one of the world's greatest footballers, but poor timing cost his place as one of the most powerful men in sport.
 
With a major government reshuffle, Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his powerful son have shown their determination to move the kingdom's economy away from oil, experts say.
 
Should university students and professors be allowed to bring guns on campus? Americans are divided on the issue with no end in sight to the deadly shootings that regularly rock the nation.
 
In a U.S. election that has ripped up, chewed through and spat out conventional wisdom, Hillary Clinton is still prohibitive favorite to beat Donald Trump in November.
 
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