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Burma Defector a 31-Year Career Diplomat

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Kyaw Win, Burma’s number two diplomat, who defected to the United States on Monday, is a career diplomat who has worked for Burma’s Foreign Ministry for 31 years. During that time, he served in Madrid, Geneva, New Delhi, Brasilia and Washington. Kyaw Win has held the position of Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington since […]

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New Thai Prime Minister Seen As Proxy for Brother

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Thailand’s next prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be the country’s first female prime minister, but she is also widely seen as a stand-in for her older brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Yingluck, a 44-year-old businesswoman, has never held public office before. But like her brother, she connects with voters in a way incumbent Prime […]

Rafik Hariri’s Legacy Continues in Lebanon

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was considered a powerful political force in Lebanon and throughout the Arab world, before his 2005 death in a truck bombing that targeted his motorcade in Lebanon. On Thursday, more than six years after his assassination, Lebanese media reported that a United Nations backed tribunal issued four arrest warrants […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan Both Loved and Feared

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is at once both a popular and polarizing figure in Turkey who is increasingly coming to dominate the country’s political landscape. Since his Justice and Development Party came to power in 2002, Mr. Erdogan has transformed Turkey into one of the world’s fastest-growing economies despite global economic troubles. He […]

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Peru’s Humala Softens Image to Win Presidential Election

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Peru’s Ollanta Humala is a leftist former army officer who launched a failed military coup in 2000 against then-President Alberto Fujimori, the father of Mr. Humala’s opponent, Keiko Fujimori. Mr. Humala’s victory in Peru’s presidential runoff election Sunday comes five years after he narrowly lost the presidential race to Alan Garcia, who leaves office July […]

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