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Putin Re-elected to Historic Third Term as President

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Vladimir Putin is set to return to the Russian presidency for a third term after taking a four-year break to serve as prime minister, a position where many said he retained the real power. Mr. Putin served as president from 2000 through 2008, a time in which he is credited with making the country and […]

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Long-Time Saleh Deputy to Become Yemen’s Next President

Posted February 21st, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, poised to become Yemen’s next president, has served as the country’s vice president for the past 17 years. In November, Yemen’s long-time autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, transferred constitutional powers to Hadi as part of a Gulf-backed deal implemented after 10 months of protests urging Mr. Saleh to yield power. The […]

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Texas Governor Perry Sought Smaller Government

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Rick Perry who has abandoned his campaign for the presidency, will be returning to Texas, where he has been governor since George W. Bush left the post in 2000 to assume the U.S. presidency. Perry, 61, had campaigned for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination on a pledge to reduce the size of the federal government. […]

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North Korean Heir Apparent an Enigma

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Il’s heir — his third son Kim Jong Un — has risen to power swiftly in North Korea since being made a four-star general one year ago. But he is even more of an enigma than his late father. Kim Jong Un is believed to be around 28 years old. His birth date, […]

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NEWSMAKER: JOSEPH KABILA

Posted December 20th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Congolese President Joseph Kabila originally rose to power a decade ago, at the age of 29, after the assassination of his father, Laurent. Laurent Kabila had become president after helping to oust dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. He appointed Joseph, the eldest of his 10 children, as chief of the country’s armed forces. After the elder […]

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North Korean Heir Apparent an Enigma

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 11:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Il’s heir apparent — his third son Kim Jong Un — has risen to power swiftly in North Korea since being made a four-star general one year ago. But he is even more of an enigma than his late father. Kim Jong Un is believed to be around 28 years old. His birth […]

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Kim Jong Il Led North Korea With Power of Personality

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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Kim Jong Il ruled North Korea for 17 years, continuing a government focused on the principle of self-reliance and a cult of personality founded by his father, Kim Il Sung. There is not much reliable personal information about the enigmatic Mr. Kim. According to local legend, he was born on North Korea’s Mount Paekdu under […]

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NEWSMAKER: JOSEPH KABILA

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Congolese President Joseph Kabila originally rose to power a decade ago, at the age of 29, after the assassination of his father, Laurent. Laurent Kabila had become president after helping to oust dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. He appointed Joseph, the eldest of his ten children, as chief of the country’s armed forces. After the elder […]

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New Spanish PM Faces Tough Economic Challenges

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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There will be no post-election “honeymoon” for Spain’s likely new prime minister Mariano Rajoy, with Spain on the brink of recession and struggling with 22 percent unemployment. Friends and aides describe Mr. Rajoy as an introvert and someone who never says what he is thinking, which makes it difficult for many Spaniards and the European […]

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Italy’s Monti Wins PM Nomination

Posted November 13th, 2011 at 5:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Italy’s Mario Monti, the highly respected international economist who will take the reins of Italian government, is widely described as careful and reserved — the near polar opposite of Silvio Berlusconi, the flamboyant, jet-setting tycoon he would replace. Mr. Monti, a 68-year-old technocrat, heads Milan’s prestigious Bocconi University. A former top European commissioner, he is […]

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