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Thu
20
Dec
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South Korea's Female President

 

Conservative Saenuri [New Frontier] Party candidate Park Geun-hye has made history by winning South Korea's presidential election, becoming the country's first female president-elect after defeating liberal rival Moon Jae-in of the Democratic United Party by several percentage points.

 Interacting briefly with several media representatives on a large open-air stage in downtown Seoul, the five-term lawmaker and daughter of a former dictator vowed to fulfill every promise she made during the campaign.

 By keeping everyone's support and trust in mind, Park said she "will definitely open an era of peoples' happiness in which everyone can enjoy some simple pleasures and their dreams can come true."

After being handed a bouquet of flowers, Park left the stage to the cheers of her supporters. She gave no formal victory speech.

Wed
19
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Benghazi, Libya Investigation Done

 

An independent investigation into the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is complete, and Congress will be briefed on its findings this week, the State Department said Monday.

The classified report by the Accountability Review Board will be sent to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, a day before the panel's two most senior members will testify in closed session before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees. The board was established to examine the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Tue
18
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Congo Rebel Leader Acquitted by International Court

 

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted a Congolese militia leader of all charges of leading fighters who destroyed a strategic village in eastern Congo in 2003, hacking to death and raping some 200 people including women and children.

The acquittal of Mathieu Ngudjolo on charges including rape and murder is only the second verdict in the court’s 10-year history and the first time it has cleared a suspect.

Mon
17
Dec
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Shinzo Abe Prime Minister 2.0

 
TOKYO: The conservative party that dominated postwar Japan was returned to power after a three-year absence in a landslide election victory on Sunday that will result in hawkish Shinzo Abe returning as prime minister.
Mr Abe, who served in the post once before, is likely to pursue a tougher stance towards China and prevent his nation from abandoning nuclear energy.
The Liberal Democratic Party was projected to win 294 out of 480 seats in Japan's lower house, while an ally, the New Komeito Party, had a projected 31, giving them the two-thirds majority that could overrule the upper house.
The Liberal Democrats held a near-monopoly on power in Japan from 1955 to 2009, when they were beaten by the Democratic Party of Japan. This time, the Democratic Party was projected to win only 57 seats. The Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, resigned as head of the party on Sunday night, calling the election results a ''disappointment''.
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Sun
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Cyril Ramaphose Tosses Hat Into the Ring

 

South African politician-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa will contest for the post of deputy president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), a senior party official said on Sunday.

"He is running," the official told Reuters.

This adds a new element to the internal leadership contest at an ANC conference, in which President and party leader Jacob Zuma is expected to head off a challenge to his own position from Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Sat
15
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Egypt: Voting on Islamic Constitution

 

CAIRO: Egyptians were voting on Saturday on a proposed constitution that has polarized their nation, with President Mohamed Morsi and his Islamist supporters backing the charter, while liberals, many secular Muslims and Christians oppose it.

With the nation divided by a political crisis defined by mass protests and deadly violence, the vote has turned into a dispute over whether Egypt should move toward a religious state under Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and a radical Salafi bloc, or one that retains secular traditions and an Islamic character.

"The times of silence are over," said bank employee Essam el-Guindy as he waited to cast his ballot in Cairo's upscale Zamalek district. "I am not OK with the constitution. Morsi should not have let the country split like this."

Fri
14
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Russian Diplomats Unconvinced of Assad's Defeat

 

 The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday downplayed earlier comments made by the ministry’s deputy head in which he suggested that the Syrian opposition could win the civil war raging in the country.

Mikhail Bogdanov has not made any specific statements for the press on Syria in recent days, the ministry said on Friday.

The Syrian conflict was discussed at a roundtable in Moscow on Thursday, attended by Bogdanov, where speakers cited the Syrian opposition’s statements about their inevitable victory, the ministry explained in the carefully worded statement.

Thu
13
Dec
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Happy Birthday NG!

 

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630. Over 5,000 men, women, and children made the two-month voyage to the New World, leaving the relative comfort and safety of England behind in an effort to break free of religious intolerance, and to manage their communities the way they saw fit.  In doing so, their actions tread new ground in the country that would become the United States of America.

Wed
12
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North Korea Ignores The West's Caveats And Launch Rocket

 

American diplomats have of course had plenty of other distractions: Afghanistan, Iraq and the Arab spring, besides Iran.

There has been little determination to revive the six-party talks, which involved North and South Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russia, since they stalled in late 2008.

Tue
11
Dec
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Monks Detained By Chinese Governement

 

A Tibetan monk and his nephew have been detained by Chinese authorities for “inciting” eight self-immolation protests in the Kirti monastery of Aba, in southwestern Sichuan province, State media reported on Sunday.

More than a dozen current and former monks at Kirti have set themselves on fire since 2009, when the spate of Tibetan self-immolations first began when a monk in his twenties at Kirti

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