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Somehow, Aquino Kept Her Halo

(Newser) - Before his murder, Benigno Aquino predicted that anyone who succeeded Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos would smell like manure in six months. But his own wife would prove him wrong, writes Howard Chua-Eoan of Time. Corazon “Cory” Aquino, who died yesterday of heart failure, was a political saint who never... More »

Corazon Aquino Dead at 76

Former president restored democracy in the Philippines

(Newser) - Corazon Aquino, former president of the Philippines, has died at 76, the Los Angeles Times reports. Aquino became Asia’s first female president, leading a “people power” movement that eventually toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986—and arguably set off a wave of democratic revolutions that ended with the... More »

Kuwait Elects First Women to Parliament

Four women take seats

(Newser) - Kuwaitis have elected the first women ever to become members of Parliament, reports the BBC. US-educated Aseel al-Awadhi and Rola Dashti won seats in regional votes. Former Health Minister Massouma al-Mubarak, who was the first Kuwaiti woman to be appointed to a ministerial post, and Salwa al-Jassar also secured seats.... More »

Former Iraqi PM: Bush an 'Utter Failure'

Allawi had been appointed by US after Saddam's fall

(Newser) - The Iraqi prime minister installed by Washington after the fall of Saddam Hussein has blasted President Bush’s policies as an “utter failure,” Reuters reports. In an interview with an Arab newspaper, Iyad Allawi said Bush’s “insistence on names like ‘democracy’ and ‘open elections,... More »

Ghana Election Goes to a Runoff

Neither of top two candidates secured requisite 50%; next vote is Dec. 28

(Newser) - Voters in Ghana will have to go to the polls again to decide their next president, as neither major candidate received the 50% in Sunday’s election. Governing-party candidate Nana Akufo-Addo scored 49.13%, with key opposition leader John Atta Mills pulling in a close 47.92%. The next vote... More »

Malaysian Opposition Leader Pleads Not Guilty to Sodomy

Rips charge as 'treacherous' tactic to undermine political comeback

(Newser) - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he sodomized a male aide, dismissing it as a "treacherous" accusation aimed at undermining democracy, AP reports. Anwar, 60, was charged under massive police security, underscoring the controversy surrounding the case, and was freed on bail... More »

Zimbabwe 'Hit List' Sparks Unease

Both sides claim 'memo' is part of dangerous power play

(Newser) - The Zimbabwe opposition denied responsibility yesterday for a "hit list" that is circulating in Harare, saying President Robert Mugabe created it to incite panic. The memo, which lists officials to be purged, cropped up as opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was assuring military and intelligence leaders that his transition into... More »

Pakistan Rebuffs US Demands

Alarmed US warns it will not recognize elections under emergency rule

(Newser) - Alarmed at the deteriorating crisis in Pakistan, the US has made it clear it will not  recognize the results of elections held under emergency rule. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, on a special mission to Pakistan, failed to convince President Musharraf to free political prisoners, resign as army commander... More »

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