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Complex corruption scandals have plunged Brazil into political instability, with leftist President Dilma Rousseff facing impeachment proceedings and her iconic predecessor and mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva risking jail.
Republican delegates -- designated during the presidential primary process -- will choose the party's candidate for the November election at a nominating convention in Cleveland in July.
Brazil's leftist President Dilma Rousseff huddled with cabinet ministers Monday after mass demonstrations calling for her resignation pushed Latin America's biggest country further into crisis.
One is a seasoned, multi-lingual diplomat, the other a relatively unknown rebel figure and student of Islam: the two men heading rival delegations at Syrian peace talks seem worlds apart.
In America, these are days of rage, fueled by a cocktail of gripes making for a White House race that's been wild and raunchy.
Asian stocks retreated Tuesday, with Tokyo sinking after the Bank of Japan held fire on fresh monetary stimulus, while energy companies slid following a drop in oil prices.
The yen ticked up in Tokyo on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan decided to leave its monetary stance unchanged, including its controversial negative interest rate policy.
With a huge global steel glut and slowing demand in mainland China, an enormous recent spike in the price of iron ore has left analysts scratching their heads, with some even claiming a flower show might be to blame.
U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers will hold their finger away from the rate-hike trigger when they meet next week, analysts say, but chances are it could move a bit closer.
The United States has long been a leader of the free-trade movement around the world, and President Barack Obama set major trade treaties at the center of his economic initiatives.
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