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"To me, she was a goddess," said party worker Shankar as he joined a sea of mourners bidding farewell to Jayalalithaa Jayaram, highlighting the messianic devotion of India's poor for often controversial champions.
 
Whether giving an impromptu media briefing, tweeting before dawn or revealing a cabinet nominee at a rally, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's methods of communicating his news have been totally unorthodox for an incoming head of state, making press releases seem positively old-fashioned.
 
Nigeria's military campaign against Boko Haram Islamists is increasingly bogged down as it confronts suicide attacks, looting and indiscriminate slaughter while the U.N. warns the affected region faces the "largest crisis in Africa."
 
Facing mounting pressure to use their technological clout to curb the spread of jihadist propaganda, major U.S. social networks have finally joined forces in an effort to curb "terrorist content."
 
The fate of key Italian banks was up in the air Monday as investors feared that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's resignation would threaten their recapitalization plans.
 
Seventy-five years after Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 Americans, a group of forensic scientists in Hawaii is still working to identify the remains of the dead.
 
In a country proud of its Orthodox Christianity, the Serbian city of Novi Pazar is a place apart: young bearded men in ankle-length trousers stroll the streets, the restaurants don't serve alcohol, and the call of the muezzin punctuates the daily routine.
 
When South Korea's Park Geun-hye looks back on the scandal-fueled implosion of her presidency, she may reflect ruefully on what lit the first fuse -- a parent pulling strings over a child's education.
 
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:
 
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