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Newly inaugurated President Tsai Ing-wen, the first female leader of self-ruled Taiwan, must confront major challenges including navigating increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and rejuvenating the flagging economy.
 
Nine years ago Father Amado Picardal helped bury a teenager from a slum family who was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assassins in the southern Philippine city of Davao. The death was among hundreds in the large port city blamed on an anti-crime purge some believed was secretly run by its mayor, Rodrigo Duterte.
 
When Donald Trump complains about unfair trade partners, he often singles out Vietnam -- "hot as a pistol right now" and "the new one just killing us."
 
Nepal has detained a British man over his alleged participation in an anti-government protest, just two weeks after expelling a Canadian for criticizing the government on social media.
 
Venezuela is being wracked by an increasingly belligerent standoff between the government and opposition, while many Venezuelans are becoming fed up with a floundering economy marked by long lines for food and the world's highest inflation.
 
When Prince died suddenly in April, he left behind no known children. That has his sibling and half siblings lining up in probate court for their shares of a fortune certain to run into the millions, with great earning potential. Yet it's still possible that an unknown heir may emerge.
 
To say that Michel Temer faces huge challenges would be an understatement. Brazil's 75-year-old acting president must fight the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects and has ravaged thousands of families in poor
 
As he tries to charm Republicans still skeptical of his presidential candidacy, Donald Trump has a challenge: On several key issues, he sounds an awful lot like a Democrat.
 
Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Fears about Zika. Political, economic and corruption crises.
 
Once a rather stolid operation focused on business news, the RBC group in recent years had come to stand out among Russia's constricting field of independent news media. Then came stories that the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin may have found far too revealing.
 
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