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July, 25, 2016

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Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court sent his immigration policy into legal limbo, President Barack Obama huddled around a long conference table in the Roosevelt Room with disappointed activists. The president looked out at familiar faces, some teary. It had been a long and tough fight, Obama said, and he had taken some beatings -- even from supporters who "whupped on me good."
 
The annual round of musical chairs in the U.N. Security Council came early this year as elections for five new non-permanent members to the 15-member council were held as to give prospective countries more time to prepare for their two-year tenure beginning in January. But while the timing may have been shifted from the usual October vote, the broad political substance was largely unchanged.
 
When Britain voted to leave the European Union, pro-Russians in Serbia were quick to proclaim the bloc's death: they lit candles and laid flowers in front of the EU headquarters in Belgrade and declared the country's efforts to join the 28-nation club null and void.
 
A landslide election victory by Mongolia's opposition is a stinging rejection of the government's failed economic policies, analysts and voters said Thursday, as the country struggles to turn its vast natural resources into national wealth.
 
Rodrigo Duterte, who was sworn in as the Philippines' 16th president on Thursday, has given himself a colossal campaign promise to fulfill: eradicating crime -- especially drug trafficking, smuggling, rapes and murder -- in three to six months. That won him a lot of votes, but it also spurred alarm and doubts, including from police officials, who said it was an impossible feat.
 
Brexit proves that the phenomenon of disengagement and nationalism is gathering steam.
 
To his critics, Rodrigo Duterte is a foul-mouthed, serial adulterer fixated on killing criminals. But the millions who voted for the new Philippine leader see him an anti-establishment hero.
 
As Liberia's security forces take over Thursday from U.N. peacekeepers for the first time since civil war ended 13 years ago, national pride is mixed with fears the underfunded police are not up to the task.
 
Incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has set high expectations complete with time frames for himself. Will he be able to deliver on those promises?
 
Politicians who wanted Britain to leave the European Union were not shy about making promises.
 
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