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Firing confetti, singing and cheering, Brazilian opposition politicians were in party mood after voting to authorize an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff. But the hangover looks painful.
 
When Bernie Sanders called Israel's response in the 2014 Gaza war disproportionate and urged America to be more balanced on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he smashed a presidential campaign taboo.
 
After a year of mortal racist attacks in different parts of the U.S. -- as often as not in connivance with or perpetrated by white police officers -- Hillary Clinton has advanced the severest condemnation yet of what she calls the "reality of systemic racism," of a degree that the country has not been able to "face up to."
 
There are two issues that the Nepal government should prioritize at this moment -- post-earthquake reconstruction and the implementation of the constitution. After major delays, the government is finally moving ahead with the first.
 
The New Power Party (NPP), a small party -- yet the third largest party in the Legislative Yuan -- issued a statement last Friday lauding the government for its all-out efforts to prevent the deportation from Malaysia of 20 Taiwanese nationals suspected of cyber fraud to China.
 
U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has rung alarm bells around the world with his proclamations on foreign policy, but his targets are increasingly shrugging off his barbs.
 
OPEC isn't what it used to be. Ahead of a planned meeting of most of the cartel and other major oil producers in Qatar to approve a freeze on oil production, some OPEC members are pumping record levels of crude even as prices wallow at less than half their level two years ago -- a clear sign of the dissention gripping the group.
 
A concerted United Nations effort aimed at ending nearly 13 months of war in Yemen sees peace talks resuming on Monday, but with a ceasefire barely holding.
 
Whoever dominates the mobile-phone industry dominates the internet. The whole world of information is now available in your hand, replacing your own mind as a repository of information needed in decision-making.
 
Companies like Apple and Microsoft are pushing back against government surveillance in the courts, arguing that federal authorities have gone too far in obtaining chats, emails and other private information from phones and online services.
 
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