Wang Qishan casts his vote during a plenary session of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

'Mr. Fix-It': China's new VP has tackled thorniest of crises

Wang Qishan is known as China's "Mr. Fix-It," a trustworthy official deployed to tackle the thorniest of crises — from crumbling banks to deadly illness to high-level corruption.

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British school teacher Andria Zafirakou reacts after winning the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

UK art teacher wins $1M teaching prize for inner city work

A British art teacher won a highly-competitive $1 million teaching prize on Sunday for her work with inner-city children in London, helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with one of the highest murder rates in the country.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin overwhelmingly wins another 6 years as Russian leader

Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success."

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A woman examines a poster of candidates as an observer sleeps at a polling station during presidential elections in St.Petersburg, Russia.

Russian vote problems: Ballot stuffing, coercion, gimmicks

Social networks buzzed all day Sunday with videos, photos and firsthand accounts of voting violations in Russia's presidential election.

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Choe Kang Il, a senior North Korean diplomat handling North American affairs, is seen at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing.

NKorean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, SKorea

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles North American affairs was heading to Finland on Sunday for talks with the United States and South Korea.

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Pope Francis prays before a glass display case holding St. Padre Pio' body in a shrine town that draws millions of pilgrims each year, in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Polish church leader criticizes priest wishing Francis death

Poland's leading archbishop has deplored comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom."

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May fist bumps a member of the public as she greets people after viewing the area where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found critically ill, in Salisbury.

Britain points at Putin in poisoning attack as gulf widens

The gulf between Russia and Britain widened on Friday as they cranked up pressure over a nerve agent attack and a suspected murder in Britain that have deepened Western worries about alleged Russian meddling abroad.

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Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands in front of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam.

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial.

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Syrians fleeing fighting between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish militia rest in a field between Afrin and Azaz, northwestern Syria.

Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military near the capital, Damascus, and Turkish troops in the country's north.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves after attending the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London.

"I do": Queen gives her consent for Harry-Meghan wedding

Well, that's a relief. Queen Elizabeth II has given her formal consent to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of military as she visits Salisbury southwest England.

US, France, Germany join UK in blaming Russia for spy attack

The United States, France and Germany joined Britain on Thursday in condemning Russia for the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy, calling it an "assault on U.K. sovereignty," as the Kremlin vowed to expel British diplomats soon in response to London's moves against Moscow.

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Britain's Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a keynote speech as he receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London.

Stephen Hawking, best-known physicist of his time, has died

Stephen Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, died Wednesday. He was 76.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session, in parliament in London.

Britain boots 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

Relations between Britain and Russia plunged Wednesday to a chilly level not seen since the Cold War as Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 diplomats, severed high-level contacts and vowed both open and covert action against Kremlin meddling after the poisoning of a former spy.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, center, waves as she comes out of the Jodhpur airport upoon her arrival in Jodhpur, Rajasthan state, India.

Hillary Clinton: US did not 'deserve' Trump presidency

Hillary Clinton told an audience in India that the United States did not "deserve" Donald Trump's presidency and these are "perilous times."

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Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, center, waves to journalists as he arrives to head a Cabinet meeting, in Gaza City.

Palestinian prime minister escapes injury in Gaza bombing

A roadside bomb on Tuesday struck the convoy of the Palestinian prime minister during a rare visit to the Gaza Strip, causing no serious injuries but throwing an already troubled reconciliation process between rival factions into deeper turmoil.

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Pope Francis is served gnocchetti during a lunch with several hundred poor people, at the Vatican on World Day of the Poor.

Francis marks 5 years as pope amid love, disenchantment

Pope Francis marked his fifth anniversary as pope Tuesday by receiving votes of confidence from his predecessor and current Vatican No. 2, even as surveys showed his reform-minded papacy was turning off some of the most faithful, church-going Catholics.

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Military personnel are prepared before working to remove cars from a car park in Salisbury, England.

British PM: Russia 'highly likely' behind ex-spy's poisoning

Russia is "highly likely" to blame for poisoning a former spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday, demanding that Moscow give a compelling explanation or face "extensive" retaliation.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers his New Year's speech at an undisclosed place in North Korea.

US, N. Korea go from threats to possible summit in a flash

President Donald Trump accepting a reported offer to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a stunning turn of events after a year of heated verbal warfare that included crude insults and mutual threats of nuclear attacks.

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A mourner prays for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami during a special memorial event in Tokyo.

Japan marks 7th anniversary of tsunami that killed 18,000

They bowed their heads, hands clasped or palms firmly pressed together. They stood in grassy areas or roadsides overlooking the choppy sea. In Japan's capital, they lit candles and offered flowers. Some dabbed at tears.

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Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping walks to his seat after casting his vote for an amendment to China's constitution that will abolish term limits on the presidency and enable him to rule indefinitely.

Historic vote in China will let president rule for life

Xi Jinping, already China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, received a vastly expanded mandate Sunday as lawmakers abolished presidential term limits that have been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country's constitution.

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This file image made from video provided Feb. 28, 2018, show the damaged building following an earthquake in Mendi, Papua New Guinea.

Death toll from Feb. 26 Papua New Guinea quake rises to 125

Papua New Guinea police said Wednesday that an earthquake last month killed at least 125 people and forced another 35,000 from their homes.


President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump listens.

Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan

President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction nationwide calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said Sunday.

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