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Castro picks 'young' new heir to take regime into future
Castro picks 'young' new heir to take regime into future

Cuban President Raul Castro won re-election Sunday to what he pledged will be his last term, and finally unveiled a 52-year-old political heir to bring the regime into the future.

Castro picks 'young' new heir to take regime into future
Venezuela making 'bald-faced lies' over Chavez: opposition
Venezuela making 'bald-faced lies' over Chavez: opposition

Venezuela's government is flat-out lying to its people about cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez's health, the country's leading opposition figure charged Sunday.

Venezuela making 'bald-faced lies' over Chavez: opposition
Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday as he started his second term on the holiday honoring the iconic civil rights leader.

Obama honors civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.
Chavez joking, giving orders: Venezuelan minister
Chavez joking, giving orders: Venezuelan minister

Venezuela's top diplomat said Monday that President Hugo Chavez was joking and giving orders, after disappearing from the public eye six weeks ago for cancer surgery in Cuba.

Chavez joking, giving orders: Venezuelan minister
Obama takes oath of office to begin second term
Obama takes oath of office to begin second term

US President Barack Obama took the oath of office Sunday to begin his second term at a simple ceremony stripped of the hope and historic promise that greeted his inauguration four years ago.

Obama takes oath of office to begin second term
Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia
Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia

Russia said Sunday that removing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power was not part of past international agreements on the crisis and was impossible to implement.

Assad's removal from power 'impossible': Russia
Venezuelans swear 'absolute loyalty' to Chavez
Venezuelans swear 'absolute loyalty' to Chavez

Thousands of Venezuelans fervently swore "absolute loyalty" to Hugo Chavez Thursday in a giant rally for the cancer-stricken president on what was to have been his inauguration.

Venezuelans swear 'absolute loyalty' to Chavez
Venezuela delays Chavez inauguration as crisis deepens
Venezuela delays Chavez inauguration as crisis deepens

Ailing President Hugo Chavez cannot return home in time for his inauguration on Thursday and so will take the oath of office at a later date before the Supreme Court.

Venezuela delays Chavez inauguration as crisis deepens
Chavez can stay in office without Jan 10 oath taking: VP
Chavez can stay in office without Jan 10 oath taking: VP

Venezuela's cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez can continue in office even if he is unable to be sworn in to a new term on January 10 as scheduled.

Chavez can stay in office without Jan 10 oath taking: VP
As Chavez fights cancer, aides build his myth
As Chavez fights cancer, aides build his myth

As Hugo Chavez battles cancer in Cuba, his lieutenants here are actively glorifying Venezuela's firebrand leader in what observers see as a campaign to erect a heroic myth that can survive his death.

As Chavez fights cancer, aides build his myth
Chavez could be sworn in by Supreme Court: Maduro
Chavez could be sworn in by Supreme Court: Maduro

Venezuela's ruling party and an opposition leader came to a rare agreement Monday, accepting that President Hugo Chavez's inauguration may be delayed if he is remains ill come January 10.

Chavez could be sworn in by Supreme Court: Maduro
S. Korea president-elect says security priority with North
S. Korea president-elect says security priority with North

South Korean president-elect Park Geun-Hye vowed Thursday to put national security first while pursuing greater engagement with a belligerent North Korea.

S. Korea president-elect says security priority with North
Hopes for stronger ties as Hollande visits Algeria
Hopes for stronger ties as Hollande visits Algeria

President Francois Hollande arrives in Algeria on Wednesday seeking to end simmering resentment over French colonial rule and bolster ties with the OPEC country.

Hopes for stronger ties as Hollande visits Algeria
Low-key start to second term for Obama
Low-key start to second term for Obama

President Barack Obama will begin his second term in low-key fashion, with a small private swearing-in ceremony on January 20 before he takes the oath of office before the eyes of the world the next day.

Low-key start to second term for Obama
Nazarbayev University. Photo by Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan is not ready for presidential-parliamentary rule: Vice-Provost of Nazarbayev University

Vice-Provost of Nazarbayev University expressed his view on the current Kazakhstan's political system.

Kazakhstan is not ready for presidential-parliamentary rule: Vice-Provost of Nazarbayev University
Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh
Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh

Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi assumed sweeping powers, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh".

Egypt's Morsi assumes sweeping powers, branded new pharaoh
US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. ©REUTERS
Obama set to tackle sea rows at Asia summit

US President Barack Obama is set to wade into the troubled waters of Asia's maritime disputes at a regional summit next week, with allies hoping for support in their efforts to contain China.

Obama set to tackle sea rows at Asia summit
Colombia leader back in office after cancer surgery
Colombia leader back in office after cancer surgery

Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos resumed his duties as president Monday, a week after he underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his prostate.

Colombia leader back in office after cancer surgery
Chavez reaches out to opposition after victory
Chavez reaches out to opposition after victory

Hugo Chavez pledged to become a "better president" and work with the opposition after winning a tough re-election battle that betrayed simmering discontent at his socialist revolution.

Chavez reaches out to opposition after victory
Chavez wins another six-year term in Venezuela
Chavez wins another six-year term in Venezuela

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez shrugged off cancer and a unified opposition on Sunday to triumph yet again at the ballot box and win another six-year mandate to pursue his oil-funded socialist revolution.

Chavez wins another six-year term in Venezuela