Vladimir Putin world's most powerful person followed by Angela Merkel, Barack Obama


Russian president Vladimir Putin has been named the world's most powerful person by Forbes magazine, followed by German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Barack Obama.

This is the third year in a row Mr Putin has taken out the top spot, and this year's results mean Mr Obama is the first sitting US president to slide out of the top two power rankings.

The magazine published its seventh annual ranking just weeks after Mr Putin opened a new front in the Syrian war by conducting air strikes, then Mr Putin hosted Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Moscow.