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Four Reasons Why Brazil's President Could Survive

Michel Temer is the first Brazilian president to face criminal charges while still in office. Yet here are four reasons why -- for now -- he may save his job.

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Saudi Shakeup, Qatar Crisis Show a Gulf on Edge

There was a time when the mention of the Persian Gulf brought to mind images of pampered societies ruled by aging monarchs content to preside quietly over their oil money and fantastical skyscrapers while the U.S. kept the peace.

Not anymore.

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Al-Saud: The Ruling Dynasty that Gave Its Name to Saudi Arabia

The Al-Saud dynasty gave its family name to the Gulf Arab monarchy of Saudi Arabia ruled by the sons of founder Abdul Aziz bin Saud.

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New Heir to Saudi Throne Holds Power Beyond His Years

Saudi Arabia's hard-charging Mohammed bin Salman, named crown prince on Wednesday, holds unusual power for a man of just 31, so much so that diplomats nickname him "Mr Everything".

The son of King Salman has risen to become Saudi Arabia's most influential and prominent figure since being named second-in-line to the throne in early 2015.

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America's Widening Role in Syria's Civil War

The unprecedented U.S. downing of a Syrian regime warplane highlights the rapidly shifting dynamic in the six-year conflict where President Donald Trump has given American commanders a freer rein in the battlefield.

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A Look at Syria's Conflict, as Mutual Enemies Close in on IS

The Islamic State group is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear.

The U.S. military shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday, saying it had targeted an American-allied Kurdish force that is battling the extremists in their de facto capital, Raqqa. That led Russia, a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, to warn that it would target U.S.-led coalition planes flying west of the Euphrates River.

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Saudi-Qatar Crisis Puts Syria Rebels in Tricky Position

A diplomatic crisis pitting Saudi Arabia against Qatar has put Syrian rebels in a difficult position, analysts say, after rivalries between Gulf backers had already weakened the opposition.

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Europe's Dilemma: How to Deal with Returning Jihadists

Europe is struggling to respond to the challenge posed by the thousands of jihadists who traveled to the battlefields of Syria or Iraq and have now begun to return home.

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Journey to Statehood Still Long for Iraq Kurds

Many Iraqi Kurds hailed last week's announcement of a September referendum on independence as historic, but major obstacles will remain on the path to statehood after an expected landslide "yes".

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Gaza: Palestinian Territory Ravaged by Wars, Poverty

The Gaza Strip, run by Islamist movement Hamas for the past 10 years, is a poverty-stricken and overcrowded Palestinian coastal enclave suffering from a severe Israeli blockade:

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