A former Republican President. A senior Republican senator with a critical illness. A retiring Republican senator. And now an independent-minded Republican senator who faced a difficult, if not impossible, path to re-election.
President Xi Jinping thrust China into a new era of strongman politics on Wednesday, unveiling a leadership team without a likely successor among the six officials who will help him rule for the next half decade.
More than a century ago, Albert Einstein's celebrated theory of relativity altered the world's understanding of space and time. This week, the wild-haired physicist's far-simpler "theory of happiness", imparted to a bellboy, fetched more than $1.5 million at an auction in Jerusalem.
Condé Nast magazines all over the world have been instructed to stop using the work of the celebrity photographer Terry Richardson with immediate effect after he was accused of being "the Harvey Weinstein of fashion".
The Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released from prison on Tuesday after the city's highest court granted them bail to appeal sentences for what their supporters called political prosecution by the government.
China's leader, Xi Jinping, secured a political victory on Tuesday when a Communist Party congress in Beijing enshrined his name and ideas into the party's constitution. Appearing alongside the hallowed names of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping will be a clunky new phrase: "Xi Jinping Thought for the New Era of Socialism with Chinese Special Characteristics."