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With huge arms deal, US pivots back to Saudis. How does it affect the region?

The $110 billion deal places the US squarely on Saudi Arabia's side in its rivalry with Iran, and is likely to further embolden the Saudis in their devastating war in Yemen, analysts say.

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EU ministers lay out tough mandate for Brexit negotiations

Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will launch the complex talks following the British election in June.

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Trump emphasizes cooperation during first visit to Israel

The unconventional nature of Trump's presidency has raised some hopes that he might find peaceful solutions where others have failed, but the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be solved overnight, experts say.

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Reformists win big during recent Iranian election

Candidates backing reform have made impressive gains in municipal elections across the country, including its capital, Tehran.

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He’s led a transformation among Roma villagers: crime down, productivity up

László Bogdán, the mayor of Cserdi, Hungary, has worked to instill a sense of self-worth in the villagers while also countering common prejudices about the Roma. And he’s led by example.

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Taboo-breaking election is test of how much dissent Iran can handle

Locked in a tight race, incumbent President Rouhani invokes his challenger's role in political executions. The supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has called for high voter turnout Friday, but that carries risks.

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More than they bargained for? Israeli leaders gird for Trump visit.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signaled that Trump is someone he can work with. But the president's unpredictability and recent enthusiasm for the Mideast peace process could put Israel's right-wing coalition in a tough spot.

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In Iran election, lackluster economy opens door to a populist push

The presidential election, which has become a referendum on moderate President Hassan Rouhani's first term, has seen his conservative challengers cast themselves as champions of the working class.

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As controversy swirls around Trump, Russia watches helplessly

Many in Russia had hoped that the new president could help smooth relations between Moscow and Washington. But as Russia-tied scandals paralyze Trump's administration, now the Kremlin just want US-Russia diplomacy not to get worse.

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In Macron, Germany sees an opportunity to aid France – and boost the EU

The new French president has made economic reform a top priority in his country – something that Germany has long demanded. Now Berlin is indicating a willingness to meet Macron in the middle, by using German resources to help his project.

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Trumpeting 'One Belt, One Road,' China bids to lead 'Globalization 2.0'

Beijing's $900 billion new 'Silk Road' of infrastructure and trade ties positions China as a defender of free trade – and dramatically expands its claims to global leadership.

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How a European song contest offers a glimpse of the Russian psyche

Eurovision 2017 has become yet another stage for the tensions between Russia and Ukraine. But Russia's abstention from this year's edition actually highlights how much the competition – and engagement with Western culture – matters to the Russian public.

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Street vendors' 'bargain' theater shines spotlight on violence against women

Violence against women is prevalent – and usually unpunished – in El Salvador, which gang violence has made one of the world's most dangerous countries. After acting transformed their own lives, the women of La Cachada Teatro are sharing their stories in an effort to break the cycle.

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International forum aims to bolster Chinese president's image at home and abroad

Xi Jinping will appear at the Belt and Road Forum starting on Sunday, accompanied by representatives from at least 28 countries.

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He’s given at-risk young men the space to learn and grow

Richard Bienvenue founded Our House, which is now located on a farm in Maryland. There, male adolescents focus on learning trades that can become their careers, and they do it with a structure that has often been lacking for them.

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On Jordan's East Bank, Palestinians grasp at old idea for statehood

Palestinian-Jordanian confederation has long been a non-starter, not least because Israeli rightists espoused the idea that 'Jordan is Palestine.' But a lack of faith in the peace process and their leadership has spurred many on the East Bank to revive the idea.

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Briefing: Venezuela's deepening crisis

The Latin American country is seeing some of the largest antigovernment protests in nearly three decades, as the pressures of severe shortages combine with increasingly authoritarian tactics from the Maduro administration. 

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UN chief calls for international support to alleviate drought crisis in Somalia

If the drought continues, the World Health Organization warns that a famine could be imminent in the country – but such an event is avoidable, with the proper aid.

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Timber theft: Malawi prepared to come down hard on 35 illegal loggers

While observers say the arrests send a strong signal, most timber theft worldwide is not prosecuted. 

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Can South Korea's Moon heal the public distrust that fueled his victory?

To many abroad, the presidential election boiled down to two words: North Korea. But at home, where his predecessor's impeachment fed suspicions of widespread corruption, voters are looking to Moon to restore a sense of transparency and opportunity.

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