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Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio for the win, Xi Jinping completes his rise to the Chinese presidency, death of a Khmer Rouge chief, and the greening of the northern wilds.
Cardinals continue conclave to pick the next pope, the suffering of Syria's children, more dead pigs found in Shanghai river, and Australia's great kangaroo scrotum shortage.
Cardinals head into a secret conclave, the Sudans agree to resume pumping oil, and New York's 'Big Gulp ban' blocked.
Delhi rape accused is found dead in prison, US and South Korea begin military drills despite war threats from the North, and GlobalPost takes on the great horsemeat debate.
Pyongyang vows to end non-aggression pacts with South Korea, Uhuru Kenyatta leads in Kenya vote count, Chavez to be embalmed, and a dog's day in the UK.
Hugo Chavez's body lies in state, Filipino UN observers kidnapped in Syria, Bolshoi Ballet "villain" arrested, and why Russians fear American milk.
With a documentary about his unlikely career up for an Oscar, the American musician Rodriguez returns to his fervent fans in South Africa.
Once seen as a model African state, Zambia faces return to one-party rule.
When Oscar Pistorius allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, South Africa had already been gripped by national soul-searching over endemic violence in society, and in particular by high rates of violence against women.
The brutal gang rape and murder of a young woman on Saturday have led to an outpouring of anger among South Africans, frustrated with a national epidemic of sexual violence.
Zoos in China pay handsomely for baby elephants from Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped national parks.
Poachers killed the most South African rhinos ever in 2012. And 2013 is shaping up to be worse. To stop poachers, South Africa has enlisted its army — and drones — for the fight.
Venezuela's president suffers "complications" brought on by a lung infection, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot by the Taliban is discharged from hospital, and an Iranian man's hairy eyeball.
Mullah Nazir, a Taliban commander in Pakistan, is killed in a US drone attack, Myanmar's government admits to launching airstrikes against Kachin rebels, and meet Larry, the projectile-vomiting robot.
Markets react to news the US has avoided going over the cliff, Hugo Chavez in a "delicate" situation after cancer operation in Cuba, and UK police baffled by Oompa Loompa attack.
At least 60 people crushed to death in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, the US Senate reaches a "fiscal cliff" deal two hours after the deadline, and what to do if you are dumped just before your New Year's Eve wedding.
America nears the edge of a fiscal cliff, the rest of the world parties like it's 2013, and GlobalPost's far-flung correspondents choose the year's best quotes and most inspiring people.
Russia's president signs into law a ban on Americans adopting orphans from Russia, China tightens control on internet usage, and South Africa's Jacob Zuma is hounded over his comments about pet dogs.
Barack Obama jets back to Washington for negotiations on an impending fiscal disaster, Mount Everest seen in stunning detail, and sharks on the loose — at a Chinese mall.
Mohamed Mursi, the Egyptian president, signs into law a contentious new constitution, meet the new boss of Japan, and Swaziland bans "rape-provoking" miniskirts.