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Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is the latest of President Obama's aides to land a high-level corporate job. Mr. Gibbs was hired as "global communications officer" for fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. (Associated Press)

Robert Gibbs, former Obama aide, lands high-level post at McDonald's

President Obama may not always have the best relationship with the business world, but many former members of his administration do. With 19 months left for the administration, many high-level officials have already sought out employment in the private sector. Published June 11, 2015

Supporters of pro-Kurdish Peoples's Democracy Party celebrate election results in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Monday. Turkey's long-ruling Justice and Development Party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered strong losses in parliamentary elections that will force it to seek a coalition partner for the next government, but other parties vowed to resist any pact. (Associated Press)

U.S. seen not likely to benefit from Erdogan's loss

The State Department may have breathed a "sigh of relief" at the stunning rebuke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday's national vote, but the underlying friction that has bedeviled U.S.-Turkish relations in recent years is unlikely to abate, regional analysts said Monday. Published June 8, 2015

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, provided by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi waves during a visit to the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. A year after the general-turned-politician took office after a landslide election win, el-Sissi has effectively shut down politics and is running the country as a one-man show, a far cry from the democracy millions dreamed of when they toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in a stunning 2011 uprising. (Egyptian Presidency via AP, File)

Human rights group slams Egyptian president after first year in office

Despite pledging to restore order and stability a year ago, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has instead "presided over the flagrant abuse of human rights," according to Human Rights Watch, which said Monday that "violence by armed groups and the government has escalated" since the former army chief was elected in 2014. Published June 8, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, listens to the President of France Francois Hollande after a statement for the media prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

G-7 summit nears, but German hosts have other worries

As President Obama and other G-7 leaders gather this week at an exclusive Alpine spa in southern Bavaria, the German hosts could be more focused on an item not on the agenda and a leader no longer on the guest list. Published June 1, 2015

Awesome Con D.C. returned to the District last week and was a business opportunity for a niche market of entrepreneurs, offering immediate and invaluable exposure to the potential customer base.  (The Washington Times) **FILE**

Awesome Con exposure profitable for convention vendors

Awesome Con was not just a place to practice your Jedi powers and meet such celebrities as William "Captain Kirk" Shatner, WWE champion Seth Rollins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator Kevin Eastman. Published May 31, 2015

Helen McDermott visits the grave marker of her husband, U.S. Army Sergeant Tom McDermott, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Paducah, Ky. McDermott said her husband, a Vietnam War era veteran, passed away in September of 2014. (John Paul Henry/The Paducah Sun via AP)

U.S. Navy chaplain faces Memorial Day special obligation

Memorial Day will not be a day off for Navy Lt. Loren Crone, but it will also not be just another Monday at the office. As millions of Americans prepare for a day filled with beer and barbecues, Lt. Crone, a chaplain at Marine Base Quantico, will be delivering an invocation at a memorial service at Quantico National Cemetery, which will take place at 11 a.m. Published May 24, 2015

McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook assured shareholders on Thursday that the hamburger chain's famed spokesclown, Ronald McDonald, will not be given the pink slip. Several in attendance raised concerns about how Ronald's appeal directly markets fast-food fare to children. (Associated Press)

Ronald McDonald to stay as McDonald's seeks a boost

Despite calls to give Ronald McDonald the pink slip, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook assured shareholders on Thursday that the hamburger chain's famed spokesclown isn't going anywhere. Published May 21, 2015

President Barack Obama speaks at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The president said that "it's a mistake" to think efforts to stamp out poverty have failed and the government is powerless to address it.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Obama sees link in problems of poor, middle class

While the government must still push for public investments in areas such as education and infrastructure, President Obama said Tuesday that family structure, community and faith organizations also have an important role to play in combating poverty in the United States. Published May 12, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on March 29, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Benjamin Netanyahu barely locks down new government coalition

Benjamin Netanyahu will keep his job but head a much-weakened coalition government as the hawkish Israeli prime minister secured the support of a small conservative partner just minutes before the right to try to form a government was to be handed over to the opposition. Published May 6, 2015

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Venezuela's socialist government Tuesday confirmed the economy fell into a deep recession this year but blamed the slump on opponents trying to sabotage activity in the oil-rich nation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) **FILE**

Long in charge, leftist leaders struggle across South America

Argentina may not be alone in South America moving from left to right in the coming days. A string of leftist leaders across the continent have come under scrutiny in recent months for political scandals, falling poll numbers and economic reverses that, in the case of Venezuela, have produced the world's second-highest inflation rate after Syria. Published April 29, 2015

Nepali groups throughout the United States have come together in the earthquake's aftermath. Sophia Lama, 7, of New York, makes sure a message of hope holds onto a wall after on a growing memorial in Queens, New York. The America-Nepal Society serving the D.C. area has launched an initiative to get individuals and businesses to contribute to aid to Nepal. (Associated Press)

D.C. area Nepalis organize to help after earthquake

For Jack Tiwari, the past few days have been a whirlwind of activity as he has tried to keep up with the news and learn the fate of his family following the devastating earthquake that struck his native country of Nepal. Published April 27, 2015