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Afghan President Forces Out Powerful 'King of the North'

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Monday announced the resignation of a powerful politician nicknamed "King of the North", sidelining a rival but angering the politician's party who said he had been sacked.

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Austria's Sebastian Kurz, the World's Youngest Leader

"Whizz-kid", "Basti Fantasti" and "Messiah" are just some of the monikers given to new Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, 31, as of Monday the world's youngest leader.

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Protests Greet Austria's New 'Cabinet of Horrors'

Inside the Hofburg palace, it was all smiles for the far-right ministers sworn into Austria's new government on Monday, but out in the cold it was whistles, worries and waving placards as some 5,500 people demonstrated.

"With the interior and the defense ministries, the far-right is going to control the main levers of power," protester Claudia, 45, told AFP as police helicopters hummed overhead and water-cannon trucks stood at the ready.

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Trump to Lay Out 'America First' Security Strategy

President Donald Trump is set to lay out Monday a new National Security Strategy built upon his trademark "America First" slogan, which is expected to have economic security at its core.

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UN Secretary-General Message on International Migrants Day

Following is UN Secretary-General António Gutteres’ message on International Migrants Day, observed on 18 December:

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Iran Airs Alleged Confession of Death-Row Academic

Iranian public television has broadcast images it says show the confession of an academic sentenced to death for spying for Israel during nuclear talks with world powers.

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Myanmar Burned Rohingya Villages Despite Refugee Deal, Says HRW

Myanmar's army burned down dozens of Rohingya homes within days of signing a refugee repatriation deal with Bangladesh, showing the agreement was a mere "public relations stunt", Human Rights Watch said Monday. 

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Campaign Begins for Russia's Presidential Election

Campaigning officially started on Monday for Russia's presidential election in March, in which President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win a fourth term that would keep him in power until 2024.

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Militants Storm Kabul Spy Training Center

Militants stormed an intelligence agency training facility in Kabul on Monday, officials said, triggering intense fighting with police in the latest Islamic State group attack to hit the Afghan capital.

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Atlanta Airport Says Power Back after Major Flight Delays

The world's busiest airport, in the US city of Atlanta, said early Monday that power was back on after an outage left passengers in the dark and affected hundreds of flights.

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