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Will the ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the world's largest trade pact, ever see the light of day?
 
Boris Johnson, the eccentric London mayor who dreams of Brexit and becoming Britain's next Conservative prime minister, has arguably achieved little in the post save making a name for himself.
 
Five years after the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, the network he founded is far from dead, even if it has suffered a series of setbacks.
 
Has encryption technology given the bad guys a way to operate in the dark? Or has the new tech age gifted law enforcement with unprecedented surveillance powers?
 
Once a year, the U.S. president attends a party he can't avoid and is asked to make Washington laugh.
 
It's hard enough for the leaders of the United States and the European Union to muster public support for the ambitious TTIP transatlantic trade talks.
 
It would be the world's biggest ever trade deal, linking the United States and Europe Union, two giant economies, which are home to 850 million people.
 
Hasnain Kazim, German news weekly Der Spiegel's resident correspondent in Turkey, last year applied to renew his Turkish press card -- usually a mere formality.
 
Austria's far-right has a new golden boy in the shape of Norbert Hofer, a smooth-talking gun enthusiast who sent shock waves through the political establishment by defying polls and shooting to the top in Sunday's first round of a presidential ballot.
 
In a country awash with guns, a faltering peace deal aimed at ending over two years of intense civil war in South Sudan came down to a dispute over just two dozen weapons.
 
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