Hasna Ait Boulahcen, the woman believed to have blown herself up during the police raid that killed the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, swapped her party-girl persona for that of an Islamist radical just months before her death.
Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected Paris attacks mastermind targeted in a French police raid on Wednesday, was a schoolyard bully who had recently taunted the West from an Islamic State base in Syria.
From a quiet, football loving child to an Islamic State executioner, the man who became one of the most haunting figures of the terrorist movement remains a mystery even after being the high-profile target of a US air strike.
Justin Trudeau, the first-born son of late Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, won his first mandate Monday as his Liberals -- who governed most of the last century -- rebounded from a major defeat at the polls in 2011.
When Donald Trump formally announced in June, it was not his wife who offered remarks, but Ivanka Trump, the 33-year-old daughter some have already begun referring to as his unofficial campaign spouse.
Australia's new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose glittering career ranged from the law to investment banking and tech start-ups before entering public life, has a compelling way with words but a reputation for arrogance.
The technology industry is partial to dramatic, sometimes blustery, often larger-than-life top executives. Sundar Pichai will have to work hard to be ranked among that colorful crew. He sent news of his ascension on Twitter on Monday to the top slot at Google - he is just the third person to officially run the search company - very obliquely.