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December 25, 2011 | Associated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea hailed Kim Jong Il's son as "supreme leader" of the 1.2-million-strong military, ramping up its campaign to install the young man as its next leader even as the mourning continued for his father, who died a week ago. Kim Jong Un made a third visit Saturday to the palace where his father's body lay in state - this time as "supreme leader of the revolutionary armed forces" and accompanied by North Korea's top...
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February 11, 2013 | By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - There was nothing essentially new in the message to Washington from Iran's president Sunday: repeating last week's statement by the Iranian supreme leader that direct talks cannot happen as long as sanctions remain. What drew attention was how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad injected himself into it. He told crowds marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that he personally was ready to take part in one-on-one dialogue with the United States if Western economic pressures were eased.
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April 24, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader warned Saturday that he would intervene in the government's affairs whenever necessary, in a rebuke to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for challenging the clerical leader's all-encompassing authority. Their latest confrontation involved Ahmadinejad's recent dismissal of the country's powerful intelligence minister, whom Ayatollah Ali Khamenei then quickly reinstated in a slap to the president. Ahmadinejad, who has said Khamenei was like a father to him, has enjoyed strong support from the supreme leader, especially in the tumultuous period after his disputed reelection in 2009.
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December 29, 2011 | Associated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Kim Jong Il's son and successor was declared "supreme leader" of North Korea's ruling party, military, and the people during a memorial Thursday for his father in the first public endorsement of his leadership by the government. Kim Jong Un, head bowed and somber in a dark overcoat, stood watching from a balcony at the Grand People's Study House overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, flanked by the top party and military officials and Kim Jong Il's younger sister.
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October 17, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader warned the United States on Sunday that any measures taken against Tehran over an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington would elicit a "resolute" response. Two men, including a member of the Iranian special foreign actions unit known as the Quds Force, have been charged in New York federal court with conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat, Adel al-Jubeir. U.S. officials have said no one was ever in immediate danger from the plot.
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October 18, 2011 | Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's foreign minister on Monday offered to look into charges that agents of his government were involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, if the U.S. provides enough information. The statement by Ali Akbar Salehi was the first indication that Iran might cooperate with the investigation, though other officials maintained a steady stream of ridicule and rejection of the charges. In Switzerland Monday, Iran's parliament speaker said American officials were playing a child's game and have insulted his nation with the accusations.
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September 1, 2011 | By Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's top leader warned the Arab world Wednesday not to allow Western powers and Israel to "confiscate" the region's pro-reform uprisings, in comments that appear to reflect the Islamic republic's unease about its standing in a profoundly altered Middle East. Iran has tried to walk two paths since the pro-democracy rebellions began in February - lauding the popular revolts as modern-day heirs to Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, while maintaining relentless pressure on opposition groups at home.
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December 24, 2003
Welcome to FumoWorld, where the sidewalks are clean and the charter schools exemplary, where gifts flow out as rafts of money flow in through a hundred sparkling tributaries. Those tributaries join, finally, at the mouth of the mighty, mighty river Fumo. That's Philadelphia's Democratic State Sen. Vincent Fumo, of course, the supreme leader of FumoWorld, whose ingenuity knows few bounds when it comes to gathering and using power. Yes, he's well-loved by many constituents in his Senate district, which stretches from South Philadelphia to Fairmount.
NEWS
October 29, 1987
Americans are used to the sequence of events: the supreme leader takes an indefensible stand; his aides blanch, then go to work behind the scenes. Shortly, the leader's views are "clarified. " It is a pattern of behavior many have come to expect from the Reagan administration. Now it turns out that Mikhail S. Gorbachev is fallible, too. How else to explain the refreshing evidence these past few days of disarray on the Soviet side? In Moscow on Friday, Mr. Gorbachev told Secretary of State George P. Schultz that, contrary to an earlier agreement, he wasn't ready to set a date for a summit with President Reagan.
NEWS
May 2, 2011
Probe to begin in Ivory Coast ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - The president of Ivory Coast said Sunday that an investigation would soon begin on the status of former leader Laurent Gbagbo. Alassane Ouattara said that police would start their preliminary probe Wednesday into the actions of Gbagbo, who refused to cede power after losing a November poll to Ouattara, plunging the West African nation into four months of chaos and bloodshed. Gbagbo was arrested April 11. Ouattara has said he wants Gbagbo tried by national and international courts.
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March 14, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DENNIS RODMAN doesn't like to sit still. The U.S. ambassador to the world - who visited with North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un last month - is off to Rome, where he hopes to get an audience with the new pope. Of course, the cardinals haven't actually elected a new pontiff, but why let details get in the way of a good story. Rodman told TMZ on Tuesday that his "people" are trying to arrange a get-together with whoever succeeds Pope Benedict XVI. "I want to be anywhere in the world that I'm needed," Rodman told TMZ. " . . . I want to spread a message of peace and love throughout the world.
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March 5, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IT'S A SCARY development. The first American to meet North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong Un wasn't President Obama. Or even Secretary of State John Kerry. It was a guy whose nickname is "The Worm. " Dennis Rodman, the ex-NBA player who has five championship rings, traveled to North Korea along with three Harlem Globetrotters and a film crew to conduct some youth basketball clinics. He returned as a high-level diplomat with a message for Obama, and an idea on how the countries can bridge their differences.
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February 11, 2013 | By Nasser Karimi and Brian Murphy, Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - There was nothing essentially new in the message to Washington from Iran's president Sunday: repeating last week's statement by the Iranian supreme leader that direct talks cannot happen as long as sanctions remain. What drew attention was how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad injected himself into it. He told crowds marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that he personally was ready to take part in one-on-one dialogue with the United States if Western economic pressures were eased.
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June 6, 2012 | By Stephen M. Walt
Remember the Golden Rule? "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. " It's not normally regarded as a cardinal rule of foreign policy; in that realm, "an eye for an eye" seems closer to the norm. But Americans ought to reflect a bit more on the long-term costs of our willingness to do unto others in ways we would most definitely not want them to do unto us. Last week, the New York Times published two important articles about how the Obama administration is using American power in ways that remain poorly understood by most Americans.
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February 6, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
JERUSALEM - For the first time in nearly two decades of escalating tensions over Iran's nuclear program, world leaders are genuinely concerned that an Israeli military attack on the Islamic Republic could be imminent - an action that many fear might trigger a wider war, terrorism and global economic havoc. High-level foreign dignitaries, including the U.N. chief, have stopped in Israel in recent weeks, urging leaders to give the diplomatic process more time to work. Israel seems unmoved, and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reportedly concluded that an Israeli attack on Iran is likely in the coming months.
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January 1, 2012 | Associated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea has officially named Kim Jong Un as Supreme Commander, the country said Saturday, putting him formally at the head of the 1.2-million-strong military and further strengthening his authority after Kim Jong Il's death. An unannounced Workers' Party meeting Friday proclaimed that Kim Jong Il's son and successor, who is in his late 20s, "assumed supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army" according to a will made by Kim Jong Il on Oct. 8, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said.
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December 29, 2011 | Associated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Kim Jong Il's son and successor was declared "supreme leader" of North Korea's ruling party, military, and the people during a memorial Thursday for his father in the first public endorsement of his leadership by the government. Kim Jong Un, head bowed and somber in a dark overcoat, stood watching from a balcony at the Grand People's Study House overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, flanked by the top party and military officials and Kim Jong Il's younger sister.
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December 25, 2011 | Associated Press
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea hailed Kim Jong Il's son as "supreme leader" of the 1.2-million-strong military, ramping up its campaign to install the young man as its next leader even as the mourning continued for his father, who died a week ago. Kim Jong Un made a third visit Saturday to the palace where his father's body lay in state - this time as "supreme leader of the revolutionary armed forces" and accompanied by North Korea's top...
NEWS
October 18, 2011 | Associated Press
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's foreign minister on Monday offered to look into charges that agents of his government were involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, if the U.S. provides enough information. The statement by Ali Akbar Salehi was the first indication that Iran might cooperate with the investigation, though other officials maintained a steady stream of ridicule and rejection of the charges. In Switzerland Monday, Iran's parliament speaker said American officials were playing a child's game and have insulted his nation with the accusations.
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