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Salvini: Italian Far-Right Leader Down but Not Yet Out

With his "Italians first" rallying cry and his tub-thumping against Islam and illegal migrants, Matteo Salvini's stint as Italy's deputy prime minister and interior minister made him the country's most popular and controversial politician.

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Fears in U.S. of Bad Peace Deal with the Taliban

An Afghanistan peace agreement that the US seems close to reaching with the Taliban has prompted worries that President Donald Trump's desire to quickly withdraw U.S. troops could further plunge the country into civil war.

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South Yemen: Separatism Strong in Ex-Independent State

South Yemen, where separatists have captured Aden's presidential palace after deadly clashes with pro-government forces, was an independent state before its merger with the North in 1990.

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500 Years Ago, Europeans Set off to Explore the World

The expedition that circumnavigated the globe via the oceans for the first time 500 years ago is among the major journeys of discovery by European explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Towards a New Era: What is in Sudan's Landmark Pact

Veteran Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir ruled the northeast African country for three decades with an iron fist. Now Sudan is turning the page, ushering in a new era of civilian rule.

A constitutional declaration, signed on Sunday between the ruling generals and the leaders of an unprecedented protest movement, sets out the framework for a transitional leadership and builds on a landmark power-sharing deal initialled on July 17. 

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From Restrictions to Reforms: Saudi Treatment of Women

Saudi Arabia has decided to allow adult women to travel without seeking approval from a so-called male "guardian", a flagship reform as the petro-state seeks to overhaul its ultra-conservative image.

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US-China Trade Talks: What Next?

US and Chinese negotiators have agreed to further meetings next month after brief talks in Shanghai resurrected discussions on ending the trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

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Staying Power: The World's Longest-Serving Leaders

Teodoro Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea for 40 years on Saturday, is the world's longest-serving living leader apart from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, on the throne for 67 years.

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Boko Haram: From Islamist Sect to Armed Insurgency

Boko Haram started out as an Islamist group railing against corrupt officials in northeast Nigeria but its decade-long insurgency has now devastated the region. 

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Iran Poses Loyalty Test for 'British Trump' Johnson

Iran's seizure and continued detention of a UK-flagged tanker deals Boris Johnson an immediate loyalty test: Britain's new prime minister may have to choose between Gulf escorts led by Europe or the United States.

Which way Johnson leans could set the tone for a complex agenda that includes withdrawing from the EU, striking a trade deal with the US, and maintaining or breaking European efforts to keep alive the deal curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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