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Francois Fillon, having clinched the presidential nomination for the right-wing Republicans party, will now join a far bigger battle for the future of France, the European Union and mainstream politics in the West.
 
Can voters under democratic systems be trusted these days? That's the most pertinent question we should ask today as voters in country after country are turning their backs on what we consider to be established values and norms in democracies, such as greater prosperity, protection of human rights and peace.
 
President Bashar al-Assad is determined to retake Syria's second city Aleppo to deal a decisive blow to the rebels ahead of a possible change in U.S. foreign policy, analysts say.
 
We have seen it time and time again -- powerful political or business figures in tracksuits, leading workout campaigns, be it jogging or aerobics, only for the activities to end up as an exercise in futility.
 
In May 2006, then-President Chen Shui-bian attended his Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias' inauguration in San Jose.
 
As the youngest leader of a G-7 economy, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi would seem to have youth and time on his side.
 
A page in Cuba's history has turned with the death of its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. So what happens now on the communist island?
 
Austria is one Europe's richest countries, yet the hills are alive not with optimism but with worries about the economy, boosting the far-right candidate ahead of the presidential election on Dec. 4.
 
The battering that the president of National Taiwan University (NTU) has been taking these days for allegations of academic dishonesty is now a sad fact of life for him personally.
 
The core integrity required of the media in a functioning political system has come to the fore again with accusations that social media giants such as Facebook and Google provide a platform for fake news.
 
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