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Putin Tops Obama Again In 'Forbes' Power Ranking


Russian President Vladimir Putin has beaten U.S. counterpart Barack Obama in the "Forbes" magazine title of world's most-powerful leader for the second straight year.

Third place went to Chinese President Xi Jinping, fourth was Pope Francis, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel was No. 5.

The 2014 list of the 72 most powerful people was chosen to reflect one person for every 100 million people on Earth.

Among the 12 new people on the list are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (No. 15) and the head of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (No. 54).

There are 26 Americans on the list and 19 from Asia -- six from China.

Only nine of the 72 people are women, but two of them were in the top 10 -- Merkel and U.S. Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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