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Britain's vote to leave the EU has sent shockwaves across the Netherlands, a founding father of the European community, but despite a push by euroskeptics analysts say a "Nexit" referendum is unlikely soon, if ever.
 
Giant video screens lining Malaysia's ruling-party headquarters flash towering, 40-story images of a smiling Prime Minister Najib Razak across a corner of the capital, a glaring reminder of who's in charge.
 
After Iraqi forces took full control of the Islamic State group's bastion of Fallujah, what's next in the battles against the jihadists, not just in Iraq but in Syria and further afield?
 
It consists of just five short, vaguely worded paragraphs, but Article 50 of the European Union's 2007 Lisbon Treaty will decide how Britain leaves -- and it is already causing problems.
 
Slowing growth, a return to protectionism, questioning of free trade agreements and doubts over the stability of the EU: the world economy is entering a period of deep uncertainty following Brexit.
 
A historic ceasefire between the Colombian government and FARC rebels marks a "point of no return" on the road to peace but risks still lie ahead, analysts say.
 
It was Britain's poorer and less-educated citizens -- angry at not having shared in the economic benefits of a new world order -- who pushed it out of the European Union, in a vote that threatens elites, analysts say.
 
As the Islamic State group sees city after city slip from its grasp, analysts warn of retaliatory terror attacks in the West and a potential boost for jihadi rival al-Qaida.
 
After nine years of massive work, a renovated and expanded Panama Canal is set to be unveiled on Sunday, ready to take on much bigger cargo ships with hopes of boosting the waterway's business.
 
Iceland goes to the polls Saturday to elect a new president, with voters hoping the country can turn over a new leaf after the "Panama Papers" scandal tainted part of the political elite.
 
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