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Two Trumps surfacing
Donald Trump's skeptics hope the presidency will reveal a serious side of the brash businessman. His supporters want him to keep the freewheeling style that rattled Washington.
 
First of all, let me frankly admit that I lack all credibility as a TV or movie critic. Although I immensely enjoy reading drama (paying special attention to its value as literature), I am unfamiliar with efforts of actors here in Taiwan.
 
The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major moment amid important economic changes. Acknowledging his importance as an epic Machiavellian survivor in no way minimizes the ruthlessness of his regime.
 
When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba's communist Commandante was to have outlasted 10 American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the gringo Goliath. Now it is up to Fidel's "kid brother" Raul (aged 85) to run the revolution.
 
She pulled off a deft bit of political maneuvering, probably born of desperation. Now South Korea's president has a sliver of breathing space as impeachment closes in and millions throng the streets to clamor for her to just go away.
 
The nominations of Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross to the Trump cabinet Wednesday positions Wall Street to exert renewed influence over the U.S. economy after retreating somewhat in the Obama years.
 
Fighting climate change means different things in different cities, as this snapshot illustrates:
 
The way Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tells it, there is no economic case for him to quit, as he has vowed to do if he loses Sunday's referendum on constitutional reform.
 
Tourists looking to drink daiquiris at El Floridita, a favorite haunt of legendary U.S. author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, found the entrance gated shut.
 
Some of the most incendiary claims made by Donald Trump -- both before and after his election -- appear to be based on a U.S. website denounced as a purveyor of hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
 
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