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Syrian government forces seized a swath of what was once rebel territory in Aleppo Monday, in one of the most dramatic shifts in the five-and-a-half-year civil war. The divided northern city has paid dearly as a central theater of the war
 
India's move to control the rivers could spell doom.
 
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.
 
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