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Tymoshenko’s Jail Term Latest Setback in a Volatile Political Career

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Ukrainian court’s sentencing of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office on Tuesday is the latest setback to the volatile career of the country’s most prominent female politician. Born in 1960 in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk, Ms. Tymoshenko entered the public spotlight in the mid-1990s as […]

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New U.S. Military Chief Experienced in Middle East

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 3:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Army General Martin Dempsey, the new U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has extensive experience in the Middle East, although less in Afghanistan, where he is to oversee a transition of power to Afghan forces. Sworn in Friday outside Washington, Dempsey is seen as an extroverted leader who is proud of his working-class, […]

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Former Train Station Janitor to be New Zambian President

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 9:37 pm (UTC-5)
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A man who at one time swept the floors of London’s Victoria Station will be Zambia’s new president. Michael Sata was elected Friday on his fourth try at the top office after serving as a minister for two other Zambian presidents. The 74 year-old Mr. Sata was born Zambia when it was the British colony […]

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt To Become Denmark’s First Female PM

Posted September 16th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt is poised to become Denmark’s first female prime minister after her party won a narrow majority over the country’s center-right party in Thursday’s parliamentary elections. The vote ended 10 years of right-wing political control, but gives Thorning-Schmidt the difficult job of creating an effective coalition that will have to address […]

Japan’s New PM Expected to Continue Outgoing Leader’s Policies

Posted August 29th, 2011 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is set to become Japan’s latest prime minister, is a steadfast supporter of outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan and is expected to continue Mr. Kan’s policies. Like the unpopular current prime minister, Mr. Noda supports tax reforms, including doubling the sales tax to pay for rising social security expenses and […]

Gadhafi’s 42-Year Reign Marked by Controversy

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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(RERUNNING FOR MONDAY USE)) Moammar Gadhafi, whose rule appears to be coming to an end in Libya, is the Arab world’s longest-serving head of state, in power since 1969 when he deposed the nation’s king in a military coup. Colonel Gadhafi gained a reputation as an eccentric, donning flowing robes and animal skins and surrounding […]

Gadhafi’s Heir Apparent Changed Image

Posted August 22nd, 2011 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court in The Hague called Seif-al-Islam Gadhafi the “de facto prime minister” of Libya as it issued an arrest warrant for him in June, accusing him of crimes against humanity. The second of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s seven sons, Seif Gadhafi was once seen as the heir apparent, the symbol of Libya’s […]

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Gadhafi’s Heir Apparent Changed Image

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court in The Hague called Seif-al-Islam Gadhafi the “de facto prime minister” of Libya as it issued an arrest warrant for him in June, accusing him of crimes against humanity. The second of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s seven sons, Seif Gadhafi was once seen as the heir apparent, the symbol of Libya’s […]

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Gadhafi’s 42-Year Reign Marked by Controversy

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 8:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Moammar Gadhafi, whose rule appears to be coming to an end in Libya, is the Arab world’s longest-serving head of state, in power since 1969 when he deposed the nation’s king in a military coup. Colonel Gadhafi gained a reputation as an eccentric, donning flowing robes and animal skins and surrounding himself with all female […]

Libyan Leader’s 42-Year Reign Marked by Controversy

Posted August 19th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is the Arab world’s longest-serving head of state, in power since 1969 when he deposed the nation’s king in a military coup. Colonel Gadhafi gained a reputation as an eccentric, donning flowing robes and animal skins and surrounding himself with all female bodyguards. Labeled the “mad dog of the Middle […]

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