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Celebrity news magazines headlining on French President Francois Hollande are on display at a Paris newstand on Jan. 17, 2014. / Zacharie Scheurer, AP

Every weekend USA TODAY takes a bite-sized look in approximately 180 characters per item at the past week's top stories from around the world.

It's a first family affair

France's first lady was admitted to the hospital after a gossip magazine reported President Francois Hollande was having an affair with an actress.

'Leave kids alone'

Russian President Putin said gay visitors to the 2014 Winter Olympics next month in Sochi should feel comfortable, but should "just leave kids alone."

Bring out the vote

Egyptians voted for a proposed new constitution, which was drafted by an appointed 50-member committee as part of a road map to fresh elections announced last summer by Egypt's army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

A few good women

Japan's prime minster said that removing workplace obstacles faced by women is key to reviving Japan's economy, which has remained flat for nearly two decades.

Final surrender

The last Japanese soldier to surrender from World War II - he hid out in the jungles of the Philippines for almost 30 years after 1945, only coming out of hiding in 1974 -.Hiroo Onoda died at the age of 91.

Royal desk job

Palace officials confirmed that Prince Harry is to depart the Army Air Corps where he spent more than three years as an Apache helicopter pilot and take up a position as a staff officer in London.

Sharon hailed

Israelis and international dignitaries amid tight security paid tribute in a state memorial service to Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Not giving up

Armed vigilantes who have taken control of territory in lawless Michoacán state to keep out vicious drug cartels refused to give up their guns in a standoff with government soldiers.

India's rape problem

A 51-year-old Danish tourist was gang-raped in India. The victim was attacked after she got lost in the capital New Delhi and asked a group of men for directions back to her hotel, police said.

Looking ahead! (For a change.)

Editor's note: Normally we don't look to forthcoming events in this item. This week we are making an exception. The World Economic Forum's annual meeting kicks off on Jan. 22 in Switzerland .



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