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When voters went to the polls more than a year ago to vote for Egypt's upper house of parliament, most presumed the legislature would be the powerless talk shop that it had always been for 30 years. Few candidates were known outside their families, parties or neighborhoods. Only 7 percent of the electorate bothered to cast a ballot.
The opening months of U.S. President Barack Obama's second term have been a frustrating reminder of the limits of presidential power and the durability of the Washington political apparatus he disdains.
U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon has pushed for stronger military relations with China as part of preparations for a summit next month between U.S. President Barack Obama and China's Xi Jinping.
New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea's nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside.
From a computer keyboard in London, an Iranian emigre plays the role of counselor, social media guru and all-around adviser for Internet users back home seeking ways around the cyber-blocks set up by authorities in Tehran. These have been busy days.
The U.S., Turkey and Qatar persuaded the U.N.'s top human rights body to hold another urgent debate on the civil war in Syria, the first such session in more than a year, as diplomats pushed Monday for more international pressure to hold accountable those responsible for killing thousands of civilians.
The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April — and far more in February and March than anyone thought.
China's new-found clout in regulating global mergers is causing headaches for companies seeking high-stakes deals that need Beijing's approval.
About the only tranquil place in Caracas over the last few days is a hilltop military museum housing the remains of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
Embedded within Chinese leaders' convoluted, yet vague statements to Washington about North Korea is a simple message: Talk with Pyongyang.
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