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When South Korea's Park Geun-hye looks back on the scandal-fueled implosion of her presidency, she may reflect ruefully on what lit the first fuse -- a parent pulling strings over a child's education.
 
The nominations of Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross to the Trump cabinet Wednesday positions Wall Street to exert renewed influence over the U.S. economy after retreating somewhat in the Obama years.
 
Fighting climate change means different things in different cities, as this snapshot illustrates:
 
Tourists looking to drink daiquiris at El Floridita, a favorite haunt of legendary U.S. author Ernest Hemingway in Havana, found the entrance gated shut.
 
Some of the most incendiary claims made by Donald Trump -- both before and after his election -- appear to be based on a U.S. website denounced as a purveyor of hoaxes and conspiracy theories.
 
The internet rumor had the makings of a bizarrely sordid scandal involving a top political aide to Hillary Clinton, allegations of pedophilia and a restaurant in an upscale part of Washington.
 
A local by-election for parliament in the posh London suburb of Richmond on Thursday is threatening to turn into a mini-referendum on Brexit, with the defending MP a Brexiteer in a pro-EU heartland.
 
Afghanistan's anti-corruption court has held its inaugural public hearings in Kabul, the first steps on the long road to transparency in one of the most corrupt countries in the world -- and expectations are immense.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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