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It took a decade to get to the negotiating table, and it could easily take another to finish the job, but U.N. talks in New York to safeguard life in the high seas finally begin in earnest Monday.
 
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's most enthusiastic supporters are predominantly white, lack college education, and bemoan their apparent marginalization in a rapidly changing America.
 
As Brussels reels from an attack by Islamic State jihadists, analysts warn of a ripple effect that could further whip up populist sentiment on the continent and in the United States.
 
"Bimbo," "dog," "fat pig" -- Donald Trump has never minced his words about women he doesn't like, but prolific insults and personal attacks on prominent females may cost him the election.
 
Blunt assessments by Barack Obama of longtime U.S. ally Saudi Arabia have triggered unprecedented Saudi criticism of the president as he prepares to visit for a key summit with Gulf allies next month.
 
It was meant to finally bring an end to Libya's political chaos and unrest, but the creation of a new U.N.-backed unity government has only added to the country's disarray.
 
The Brussels bombings exposed the vulnerability of publically accessible zones in crowded airports, railway stations and subway systems to terror attacks, and it is a risk that can never be completely eliminated, security analysts say.
 
Two controversies around the Brussels attacks have shown yet again the thin line the media must tread between breaking the news quickly and not compromising police enquiries.
 
Rights activists Tuesday hailed a landmark war crimes verdict that found former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba guilty of rampant sexual abuses by his troops, saying the ruling could help stop rape as a weapon of war.
 
President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba was heavy on symbolism and light on immediate results, but the after-shocks have the ability to shift Cuba's future, analysts said Tuesday.
 
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