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Russia's role in helping Syrian forces recapture the ancient city of Palmyra has left the West scrambling to figure out President Vladimir Putin's game plan, following hopes he was edging away from supporting President Bashar al-Assad.
 
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is raising hackles after warning that the mega Petrobras corruption probe is paralyzing essential sectors of the Brazilian economy, like oil and construction.
 
Six suicide attacks in eight months and a spat with Russia have added to concerns for the Turkish economy as tourists flee, taking billions of U.S. dollars in spending elsewhere, and foreign investors skirt the troubled country.
 
It took a decade to get to the negotiating table, and it could easily take another to finish the job, but U.N. talks in New York to safeguard life in the high seas finally begin in earnest Monday.
 
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's most enthusiastic supporters are predominantly white, lack college education, and bemoan their apparent marginalization in a rapidly changing America.
 
As Brussels reels from an attack by Islamic State jihadists, analysts warn of a ripple effect that could further whip up populist sentiment on the continent and in the United States.
 
"Bimbo," "dog," "fat pig" -- Donald Trump has never minced his words about women he doesn't like, but prolific insults and personal attacks on prominent females may cost him the election.
 
Blunt assessments by Barack Obama of longtime U.S. ally Saudi Arabia have triggered unprecedented Saudi criticism of the president as he prepares to visit for a key summit with Gulf allies next month.
 
It was meant to finally bring an end to Libya's political chaos and unrest, but the creation of a new U.N.-backed unity government has only added to the country's disarray.
 
The Brussels bombings exposed the vulnerability of publically accessible zones in crowded airports, railway stations and subway systems to terror attacks, and it is a risk that can never be completely eliminated, security analysts say.
 
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