Sex Scandal in France Upstages Economic Concerns

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_736b3c5a4e.jpgPHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images (PARIS) -- France is abuzz about a tabloid report accusing President Francois Hollande of carrying on an affair with actress Julie Gayet. Closer magazine reported the story last Friday and over the weekend, first lady Valerie Trierweiler was admitted to the hospital for what was described as "rest and some tests."

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Egyptian Army Strongman Mulls Run for President

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_8a8540ce0e.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (CAIRO) -- Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who orchestrated the removal of President Mohammed Morsi last July, told a symposium in Cairo Saturday that he would seek the presidency only "if the people demand it and the army gives him a mandate." Already considered the country's de facto leader, Sisi said, "I cannot turn my back on Egypt" when asked about running in elections to be held later this year.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Set to Kick in Jan. 20

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_7726b2a536.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- After months of wrangling, the deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations meant to stop growth of Iran's nuclear program will finally kick in on Jan. 20, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Sunday. Some of the sanctions against Tehran will be loosened, and in exchange Iran will cease nuclear operations for six months, according to a deal announced in November.

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Pope Francis Selects 19 New Cardinals

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_2da38dc7b3.jpgPhoto by Franco Origlia/Getty Images (VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals on Sunday, many of them from the world's poorer nations. The pope read the names of the newly-selected cardinals from his balcony overlooking St. Peter's square on Sunday morning. Sixteen of the 19 are under the age of 80, making the eligible to vote for the next pope.

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Funeral for Ariel Sharon Planned for Monday, U.S. Delegation Announced

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_65da11aa6a.jpgURIEL SINAI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama announced the U.S. delegation that will travel to Israel for the funeral of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Sunday. Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he would lead the delegation, which includes the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Shapiro, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and former Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzner.

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