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The known unknowns of Kim Jong-Un
The known unknowns of Kim Jong-Un

Much like his father Kim Jong-Il, North Korea's new young leader Kim Jong-Un is viewed by much of the outside world with a heady mix of incomprehension, ridicule and fear.

The known unknowns of Kim Jong-Un
African leaders refuse to recognise C.Africa strongman
African leaders refuse to recognise C.Africa strongman

African leaders said they would not recognise Central African Republic's new self-proclaimed leader, as the nation's post-coup crisis came under the spotlight at a regional summit in Chad.

African leaders refuse to recognise C.Africa strongman
BRICS stumble in plan for bank to challenge West
BRICS stumble in plan for bank to challenge West

Leaders from the BRICS group of emerging powers on Wednesday failed to launch a much-anticipated new development bank to rival Western-dominated institutions like the World Bank.

BRICS stumble in plan for bank to challenge West
Venezuela gives Chavez lavish farewell
Venezuela gives Chavez lavish farewell

Venezuela gave Hugo Chavez a lavish farewell at a state funeral Friday that brought some of the world's most notorious strongmen to tears, with music, prayers and a fiery speech by his successor.

Venezuela gives Chavez lavish farewell
US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms
US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms

Nineteen US leaders, including former Treasury secretaries, urged Congress Tuesday to ratify International Monetary Fund (IMF) reforms and remove the key obstacle to its implementation.

US leaders urge Congress to ratify IMF reforms
Chavez's chosen successor: Imitator or moderate?
Chavez's chosen successor: Imitator or moderate?

The Venezuelan leader calls his rival the "prince of the parasitic bourgeoisie," rambles on for hours on state-run television and caps his speeches by shouting "Viva la revolucion!"

Chavez's chosen successor: Imitator or moderate?
Regional leaders sign peace deal for eastern DR Congo
Regional leaders sign peace deal for eastern DR Congo

Regional African leaders signed a deal to try to bring peace to the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with plans to reinforce a UN-led mission to combat rebels after years of unrest.

Regional leaders sign peace deal for eastern DR Congo
Anti-North Korea leaflets launched on Kim's birthday
Anti-North Korea leaflets launched on Kim's birthday

North Korean defectors in the South launched 200,000 anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the tense inter-Korean border on Saturday, the birth anniversary of the North's late leader Kim Jong-Il.

Anti-North Korea leaflets launched on Kim's birthday
Russia negotiates union with ex-Soviet states
Russia negotiates union with ex-Soviet states

Russia sought Wednesday to expand its influence over former territories during integration talks that Washington has cast as a bid to "re-Sovietise" the region.

Russia negotiates union with ex-Soviet states
Thai 'Red Shirt' protest leaders go on trial
Thai 'Red Shirt' protest leaders go on trial

A terrorism trial against Thai leaders of the 2010 "Red Shirt" protests began on Friday, a day after the nation's former premier was charged over his role in the deadly unrest.

Thai 'Red Shirt' protest leaders go on trial
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US seen as 'first among equals' in 2030: intel report

The United States will likely be the "first among equals" rather than a lone superpower by 2030, in an increasingly chaotic world where China is the top economy.

US seen as 'first among equals' in 2030: intel report
Pakistan attacks kill 35 as leaders meet for summit
Pakistan attacks kill 35 as leaders meet for summit

A suicide attack on a Shiite Muslim procession in Pakistan overnight killed 23 people in the deadliest assault in the country for five months as Muslim leaders gathered for a rare summit in Islamabad.

Pakistan attacks kill 35 as leaders meet for summit
North Korean leader's wife re-appears
North Korean leader's wife re-appears

The wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has re-appeared after dropping out of the public eye for 50 days amid fevered rumours that she was either pregnant or had fallen out of favour.

North Korean leader's wife re-appears
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China watches US democracy avidly, but without envy

The world's two biggest economies choose their next leaders in early November, an accident of timing that lays bare the vivid contrast between China's opaque communist state and America's riotous democracy.

China watches US democracy avidly, but without envy
Late Azerbaijan leader's statue raises hackles in Mexico
Late Azerbaijan leader's statue raises hackles in Mexico

Surrounded by flowers and palm trees off Mexico City's main avenue, the statue of Azerbaijan's late leader looks peaceful in a corner of the noisy and polluted capital's biggest park.

Late Azerbaijan leader's statue raises hackles in Mexico
N. Korean leader's nephew labels him a 'dictator'
N. Korean leader's nephew labels him a 'dictator'

Kim Jong-Il's teenage grandson has labelled his uncle, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un, a "dictator" in an interview that offers a rare glimpse into the world's most secretive ruling dynasty.

N. Korean leader's nephew labels him a 'dictator'
West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN
West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN

Western and Arab leaders ramped up the pressure on Syria and Iran at the United Nations on Tuesday, as US President Barack Obama vowed to keep Tehran from getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

West turns up heat on Iran and Syria at UN
Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film
Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film

Muslim leaders demanded international action to stop religious insults in a challenge to US President Barack Obama's defense of freedom of expression at the UN General Assembly.

Muslim leaders challenge Obama defense on anti-Islam film
Christians, Muslims, Jews call for peace from Sarajevo
Christians, Muslims, Jews call for peace from Sarajevo

Leaders of Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Muslim and Jewish communities Sunday made a pressing call for peace from Bosnia which was the scene of the worst atrocities committed in Europe since World War II.

Christians, Muslims, Jews call for peace from Sarajevo
Putin hides Russia's troubles with summit glitz
Putin hides Russia's troubles with summit glitz

President Vladimir Putin impressed leaders by holding an Asian summit on an island off a revamped Pacific city but the surface shimmer hid underlying problems in the Russian Far East and the country as a whole.

Putin hides Russia's troubles with summit glitz