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Brazil Judges Play Outsized Role in Politics amid Crisis

Rolling up the sleeves of their gowns, Brazil's judges have been dropping one bombshell after another onto the political scene, drawing accusations from some of trying to further destabilize the crisis-hit government.

The explosive corruption investigation that has upended Brazilian politics all started two years ago, when a brash judge named Sergio Moro ordered the arrest of a money-changer and veteran con-man, Alberto Youssef, in a money laundering case.

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Paris Attacks Lawyer Unbowed by Big-Case Pressure

Brussels-based lawyer Sven Mary, who stepped into the spotlight this weekend by taking on the defense of Europe's most wanted terror suspect Salah Abdeslam, is a seasoned legal veteran unfazed by political pressure.

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Syria: How Much Longer?

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have issued the below statement to mark the fifth year of the Syrian conflict:

“Syria: How Much Longer?

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Moqtada Sadr, Iraq's 'Enfant Terrible', back in Spotlight

A string of mass protests culminating in an ongoing sit-in at the gates of Baghdad's Green Zone have thrust the mercurial Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr back on to center stage.

The scion of an influential clerical family from the holy city of Najaf, he first made a name for himself at the age of 30 as a vociferous anti-American cleric who raised a rebellion.

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Spain's Political Stalemate Starts Taking Economic Toll

This year was supposed to be a good one for Spanish builders but the lack of a government three months after an inconclusive general election has put the brakes on economic activity.

"Everything that has to do with construction in this country is blocked," said Carlos Luaces, director general of Spain's association of sand and gravel producers, Anefa.

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From Kennedy to Obama, 50 Years of Secret U.S.-Cuba Talks

Beyond the public animosity, stark statements and a trade embargo, there is another side to U.S.-Cuba relations: exploratory missions, discreet negotiations and hands extended -- in hotel hallways, airport waiting rooms and even the Vatican.

Barack Obama, who arrives in Havana on Sunday for the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years, will be the one remembered for opening a new chapter in ties between the United States and Cuba.

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Scandal over South African President Draws Nixon Parallel

Speaking in an old fort and prison from South Africa's era of white domination, a former anti-apartheid leader hinted that he would like to see the country's scandal-hit president quit by referring to the 1974 resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon.

"I wish we can have a long nightmare over in this country," said Mathews Phosa, echoing a similar phrase by Gerald Ford, the vice president who replaced Nixon after the Watergate scandal.

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Is Migrant Crisis Swinging Back to Libya?

European fears are mounting that Libya could once again become a hotspot in the migrant crisis, with several thousand people who fled from the troubled country rescued in the southern Mediterranean this week alone.

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U.S.-Cuba: A Century of Troubled Relations in Five Dates

U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to Havana on Sunday will cap the launch of a new era in relations between the United States and Cuba.

Their troubled relationship has been marked by more than a century of U.S. dominance and Cold War hostility.

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Kurds: One People across Four Countries

The Kurds, whose representatives on Thursday declared a unified, federal region in northern Syria, number an estimated 25-35 million people in four countries.

- Mountain people -

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