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After Castro death, Raul Successor Waits in the Wings

After burying Fidel Castro, Cuba is 15 months away from seeing his brother, Raul, give up the presidency. For the first time in almost 60 years, the president won't be named Castro.

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Germany 'Concerned' by Renzi Downfall

Germany is "concerned" by the government crisis in Italy sparked by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi following his referendum defeat, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.

"We are watching the result in Italy with concern," Steinmeier, who is visiting Greece, told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in televised remarks.

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Trump Meets on Cabinet Appointments

Donald Trump girded Monday for a busy day of meetings to fill cabinet positions including secretary of state, a keenly awaited choice as American allies and foes watch the president-elect engage in his unique, Twitter-heavy brand of foreign policy.

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UN Appeals for Record $22.2 bn in Global Aid

The United Nations appealed Monday for a record $22.2 billion (20.9 billion euros) to provide aid in 2017 to surging numbers of people hit by conflicts and disasters around the world.

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China Warns against Obstruction of Iran Nuclear Deal

Implementation of the Iran nuclear deal should not be "affected by any changes in the domestic situations" of countries involved, China's foreign minister warned Monday, as US president-elect Donald Trump threatens to abandon it.

The agreement, signed in Vienna in July 2015 and in force since January, was the signature diplomatic breakthrough of Barack Obama's second term. It calls on Tehran to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief from the US and other nations. 

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11 Dead, 75 Injured in Pakistan Hotel Fire

A pre-dawn inferno at a four-star hotel in Pakistan's Karachi killed 11 people Monday and wounded 75, police said, with desperate guests jumping from windows and scrambling down knotted bedsheets to escape.

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S. Korea Elite in Hot Seat at Historic Scandal Hearings

South Korea lawmakers on Monday kicked off an unprecedented series of hearings that will see the country's business elite grilled over a corruption scandal engulfing impeachment-threatened President Park Geun-Hye.

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Italy Referendum: Three Scenarios for What Happens Next

The expected resignation of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi marks the start of a new period of uncertainty in Italian politics. It will be the job of President Sergio Mattarella to decide what happens next. Here are some of his options.

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Trump Talk with Taiwan Leader Just a 'Courtesy Call', Says U.S. VP-Elect

President-elect Donald Trump's controversial telephone conversation with the leader of Taiwan was just a "courtesy call," US Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday.

"It was nothing more than taking a courtesy call from a democratically elected leader," Pence told ABC's "This Week" program, speaking about the Friday call between Trump and Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen, which broke decades of U.S. diplomatic policy and risks creating a serious rift with China.

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Protest outside Russia Consulate in Istanbul over Syria

Turkish students protested on Sunday outside the Russian consulate in Istanbul over Moscow's military support for President Bashar Assad's regime in Syria.

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