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For five years fighting has raged in Syria -- a humanitarian disaster destabilizing the region and the world. The aim of Bashar Assad's opponents always was to drive the Syrian leader from power, but they have lacked the means to dislodge him. Now an inflection point may be at hand, with powerful opposition backer Turkey suggesting Assad, despite his brutality in the war, could play a role in an unspecified transition period.
 
Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America's first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off?
 
The rich keep getting richer while more Americans are getting left behind financially. Income inequality has surged near levels last seen before the Great Depression. The average income for the top 1 percent of households climbed 7.7 percent last year to US$1.36 million, according to tax data tracked by Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Donald Trump's turbulent summer has been shadowed by a nagging question: Does the Republican nominee actually want to win the presidency?
 
For America's wealthiest families, the presidential campaign presents a stark choice: A big tax increase if Hillary Clinton wins the election -- or a big tax cut if Donald Trump wins.
 
Kelly Ayotte cannot escape the shadow of Donald Trump. Even here, among the fried dough stands and pig pens of New Hampshire's summer fairs, the Republican senator faces difficult questions about her party's presidential nominee, a celebrity businessman who threatens to weigh down swing state Republicans at every level this fall.
 
Donald Trump on Monday painted the Middle East as an oasis of stability before Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, arguing that she and President Barack Obama "launched" the Islamic State group onto the world.
 
Rows of empty seats, green water, controlled explosions, stray bullets, the killing of a young policeman in a favela, muggings of team officials, an attack on a media bus, spotty weather, snarled traffic, long travel distances and lack of a Carnival atmosphere.
 
New Jamaican champion makes her mark
The new Olympic champion caught her country's flag from out of the stands, unfurled it and fumbled a bit as she tried to drape it over her shoulders.
 
It's the media's fault. That's out of context. Never said it in the first place. Donald Trump's claim Friday that he was merely being "sarcastic" in accusing U.S. President Barack Obama of establishing a terrorist group was his latest attempt to blame others for the uproar over what he says. It's an instinct that Trump's opponents say a president can't possess. Some Republicans seem to have the same concern.
 
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