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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.
 
Elected on a "no-corruption" ticket, South Korean President Park Geun-hye now looks set to become the country's first sitting president to be formally questioned as a suspect in a criminal investigation.
 
From across the Atlantic, Donald Trump eclipsed a U.N. conference which fought valiantly in Marrakesh to preserve momentum on curtailing climate change amid fears the mogul will fragment the global effort and starve it of cash.
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Turkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say.
 
A month after rebels killed dozens of civilians in Kaga Bandoro, residents of the Central African Republic town still live in fear despite the presence of U.N. peacekeepers in the country and the prospect of nationwide disarmament.
 
As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama's second term.
 
Hillary Clinton's stunning loss to the populist Donald Trump has been all the more bitter for her supporters because while she trails in the all-important electoral college she won more popular votes, prompting new calls for reform of the U.S. election system.
 
As if South Korea's scandal-hit president Park Geun-hye didn't have enough to worry about with single-digit approval ratings and massive protests, she now has thousands of very disgruntled shamans on her case.
 
Donald Trump's shock election is likely to tip the Supreme Court firmly into the conservative camp, to the great relief of religious traditionalists, gun rights activists and powerful financial interests.
 
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