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South Korean President Park Geun-hye has long been known as the "Queen of Elections" for a decades-long track record of steering her party to sometimes unlikely victories. Now, a crushing, shocking defeat in parliamentary elections sets up the fight of her political life.
 
For years, Chen Tiantian could only read about the gay rights movement in faraway places. She knew that there were activists in Beijing and a vibrant community in Shanghai, and that in San Francisco, a distant mecca, gay pride parades took up entire streets.
 
As Poland's Catholic Church prepares to celebrate 1,050 years as the national faith, a call by its bishops for a total ban on abortion has embroiled the church in a divisive and potentially harmful debate.
 
The number of people linked to the Islamic State network that attacked Paris and Brussels reaches easily into the dozens, with a series of new arrests over the weekend that confirmed the cell's toxic reach and ability to move around unnoticed in Europe's criminal underworld.
 
Israel's military justice system is in the spotlight as it investigates a soldier caught on tape shooting to death a subdued Palestinian attacker, a case that has polarized the nation.
 
The Obama administration is in a bind. Between Iran and a hard place. As it seeks to implement, preserve and strengthen the landmark nuclear deal it negotiated with Iran, the administration is being buffeted by criticism from all sides: Iran, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, not to mention members of Congress, including some who supported the agreement.
 
A new-old idea is rattling around the Middle East five years after the Arab Spring stirred democratic ambition: that restoring stability, especially if accompanied by some economic and political improvements, should be reform enough for the moment.
 
Senior U.S. military leaders take their political neutrality seriously. But this year's presidential election -- with its forays into national security issues that have included proposals for carpet-bombing Syrian cities or waterboarding extremists -- has America's top brass navigating a political minefield.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has opened his final presidential campaign -- against Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump.
 
A widely seen video showing two suspected drug smugglers rapidly climbing a tall border fence -- within sight of three Border Patrol vehicles -- put on display for a global audience what the government says is a regular occurrence at the U.S.-Mexico international line.
 
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