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The Problem with Long-Term Leaders

  Many countries place limits on the amount of time a leader can serve in office. The need to change leaders after a limited number of terms in office is written into the laws of a number of countries. This is often because many people believe that leaders with too much power for too long b...
Posted: November 22, 2017, 9:19 pm

US Renews State Terror Declaration for North Korea

  The United States has again listed North Korea as a state supporter of terrorism. The move permits new sanctions to pressure North Korea to end its banned nuclear and long-distance missile activities. The U.S. decision was welcomed by South Korea and Japan. In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 9:08 pm

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Resigns

  Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years in office. Parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda read Mugabe’s resignation letter to Zimbabwe’s Parliament Tuesday. Mugabe wrote, “My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the p...
Posted: November 21, 2017, 7:08 pm

North Korea Slowly Goes Online

Slowly, North Korea is entering the online world. Thanks to technology, North Korean doctors can talk to patients through online video conferencing. Speeches given at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, the capital, can be seen at faraway factories. North Koreans send text messages to each oth...
Posted: November 19, 2017, 9:57 pm

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