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PROFILE: Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, is widely believed to be his father's choice as heir to the North Korean leadership.

Chinese Village Besieged After Protests

A standoff between villagers and police is continuing in southern China, where police have sealed off the village of Wukan in an attempt to quell an uprising, witnesses say.

Syrian Troops ‘Ordered to Shoot to Kill’

More than 70 Syrian army commanders and officials have been named by former soldiers as having ordered attacks on unarmed protesters in that country, says the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch.

Brussels Summit Rejects EU-Wide Treaty Change

A bid to change the EU treaty to resolve the eurozone debt crisis has foundered at a crunch summit in Brussels, after Britain refused to sign up without major concessions in return.

U.N. Says Syria Death Toll Above 4,000

The United Nations says the death toll in Syria’s nine-month-old uprising has reached "much more" than 4000, characterising the situation as a civil war.

Pakistan Calls NATO Raid ‘Act of Aggression’

The Pakistani military has called the NATO cross-border air attack on a military checkpoint that killed 24 soldiers a deliberate act of aggression.

DR Congo Polls Disrupted by Violence

Five people have been killed in two separate clashes on election day in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the country's interior minister has said.

Egyptians Cast Ballots in Post-Mubarak Polls

Egyptians have started casting their ballots in the first parliamentary elections since former president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising earlier this year.

HAITI: Waiting Five Years for a Drop of Water – Part 2

Despite, or perhaps because of, a host of international actors, 2.5 million U.S. dollars in funding and five years of empty promises, residents of some of Port-au-Prince's poorest neighbourhoods have yet to see running water in their vicinity.

/CORRECTED REPEAT*/HAITI: Waiting Five Years for a Drop of Water – Part 1

2.5 million U.S. dollars to supply water to several marginal neighbourhoods in the capital. Approved in 2006. Five years later the water has yet to run. Children are still in the streets bearing bottles and buckets.

EGYPT: Former PM to Set Up New Cabinet

Egypt's ruling military council has reportedly asked a former prime minister, Kamal al-Ganzouri, to form a new cabinet. But there are no signs of a let-up in the anti-military demonstrations.

TURKEY: Erdogan Apologises to Kurds for Mass Killing

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued the first official apology for a bloody military campaign that killed thousands of Kurds in southeast Turkey in the late 1930s.

Bahrain Rights Report Released Amid Clashes

The head of a special commission in Bahrain has said authorities used torture and excessive force against detainees arrested in a crackdown earlier this year.

Cairo Clashes Cast Doubts over Egypt Vote

Protesters calling for Egypt's military to hand over power have beaten back a new raid by security forces to evict them from Cairo's Tahrir Square after more than 48 hours of violence in the heart of the Egyptian capital.

ASEAN Agrees to Let Myanmar Lead Bloc

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, have approved Myanmar's request to chair the Southeast Asian regional bloc in 2014, giving the country some long-sought international recognition.

Raids in Syria as Pressure Mounts on Assad

Syrian activists say troops have made sweeping arrests in the flashpoint province of Hama as President Bashar al-Assad faces a growing challenge to his rule.

Crowds Vandalise Arab Embassies in Syria

Crowds supporting President Bashar al-Assad have vandalised at least two Arab embassies in the Syrian capital Damascus as Arab League foreign ministers gathered in Rabat to discuss formalising their suspension of Syria from the league.

Papademos Named Greek Prime Minister

Greek party leaders have agreed to name Lucas Papademos, a former European Central Bank vice-president, as prime minister of a new interim government until early elections, the president's office said.

Strike Prolonged in Controversial Papuan Mine

Union workers at Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg copper mine said they could extend their strike by another month, which would make it the longest mining stoppage in the country's history.

Demonstrators surrounding Greek parliament in June to protest austerity plan. Credit: Bego Astigarraga/IPS

Greek Government on Verge of Collapse

The government in Greece is on the verge of collapse as opposition to the Greek prime minister's proposed referendum on more eurozone bailout funds grows.

Syria Agrees to Arab League Plan

The Syrian government has accepted several measures suggested by the Arab League aimed at halting the violence in the country, including the removal of tanks and armoured vehicles from the streets.

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