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As the world woke up Wednesday to Donald Trump's presidential election victory, congratulations from foreign leaders were mixed with worries about how Trump's provocative campaign pronouncements will be translated into policy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram — yes, a telegram — to congratulate Trump. But Putin also addressed the troubled state of relations between the two countries.

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On Monday in North Carolina, Donald Trump promised to pull off a "Brexit, Plus, Plus, Plus." He was referring to the surprise vote in June by people in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Given the polls at the time in America, pollsters in London saw that boast as a stretch — but early Wednesday morning, Trump delivered on that pledge.

Canada's Immigration and Citizenship site has been down for hours — apparently due to a spike in searches by Americans watching the presidential election.

Search traffic for "Canada immigration," "Canada" and "move to Canada" has increased in the United States relative to the last seven days, according to Google Trends. Google reports that the search terms were particularly popular in Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California.

Prosecutors raided the offices of Samsung Electronics on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a presidential cronyism scandal that's gripped South Korea.

While it is a near-monthly occurrence for a chaebol (family-owned conglomerate) in Korea to be under investigation and/or raided by prosecutors as a result — and they're usually slightly staged affairs — the reason for this week's raid of Samsung is more obscure: elite horse competitions!

In a surprise move, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country is taking all existing 500 and 1,000 rupee notes out of circulation.

He said in a televised speech that voiding the country's highest-denomination bills is aimed at cracking down on the black market and getting counterfeit cash out of the financial system. The black market boosts corruption and is used to fund terrorism, he said.

We've heard a lot this election cycle about “American exceptionalism,” and how America should go it alone in the world. "America First."

That's how it was in the good old days, right? Without foreign alliances and commitments. 

Actually, no, says historian Larrie Ferreiro.

The presidential election may all come down to the Latino vote.

That’s what I think, at least. Lots of pollsters agree — but it’s Election Day, and they still can’t quite predict how the Latino vote will split. Because (again, in my opinion) as a nation, we still don’t understand the diversity of Latinos.

A preliminary deal between Iran and France's Total SA to develop an offshore Persian Gulf gas field represents the first investment by a Western energy company since international sanctions were relaxed earlier this year.

The $6 billion deal between Total and Iran's state-owned Petropars includes the participation of China National Petroleum Corp. in a consortium to develop what's known as the South Pars field estimated to contain 14,000 billion cubic meters of gas, or about 8 percent of the known global reserves.

With some politicians, it can be difficult for ordinary people to get an answer to a simple question. Not in Rwanda, apparently.

Earlier this month, British tourist Wendy Murphy was visiting Rwanda when she became curious about numerous reports of political oppression under President Paul Kagame.

So, she tweeted @PaulKagame: "We are very impressed with your country — What do you say to those who think your methods are dictatorial?"

And a few hours later, the President answered directly.

As if our collective blood pressure weren't already sky-high today, a video showing a marine iguana hatchling chased by a pit of snakes is setting the Internet on fire.

It's the "first time snakes have been filmed hunting en masse," according to the BBC.

Take a look:

At fairgrounds in Indianapolis, where the Klu Klux Klan once rallied, immigrants have taken over for the day. A Venezuelan grills arepas and a cafe sells Cuban sandwiches, while Central Americans wait for consular services.

Working the room looking for business partners is Mary Clark. Eleven years ago she helped create one of the most diverse commercial areas in the country. But, so far, there are no Venezuelan vendors. So Clark approaches the owner of the Venezuelan food truck with a pitch for her International Marketplace.

Nigeria is deploying 100 female police officers to protect women in displaced persons camps in the state of Borno, after a scathing Human Rights Watch report said officials, including security guards, have "raped and sexually exploited" dozens of women.

These are women who fled from the extremist militant organization Boko Haram in northern Nigeria — and as Human Rights Watch reported, they have now become "victims twice over."

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