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New president of major broadcaster MBC sworn in

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) -- The newly elected president of South Korea's second-largest TV network MBC took office on Tuesday, vowing to rebuild the company's status as one of the nation's most popular TV channels by providing differentiated programming. Ahn Kwang-han, who led MBC's cable TV unit, MBC Plus Media, was officially elected MBC's president in a shareholders' meeting on Friday. MBC's largest shareholder, the Foundation for Broadcast Culture, has a 70 percent stake in the broadcaster.

Ugandan president signs anti-gay bill into law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed into law Monday a controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life, defying international pressure and criticism, an official statement read. "President Museveni has finally signed the anti-gay bill at State House, Entebbe," it said. str-pjm/yad

Uganda president to sign anti-gay bill into law

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign into law Monday a controversial bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life, despite international pressure, a government spokesman said. The Ugandan anti-gay bill cruised through parliament in December after its architects agreed to drop an extremely controversial death penalty clause, although the bill still says that repeat homosexuals should be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires people to denounce gays.

Ukraine parliament votes to limit president's powers

Ukraine's parliament on Friday voted to return the ex-Soviet country to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president's powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers. The constitutional change was supported by 386 deputies in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada shortly after President Viktor Yanukovych and top opposition leaders signed a deal to end the country's three-month political crisis. bur-zak/cc

France to hold defence meeting Friday on CAR, host Chad president

France is to hold a meeting of its top defence committee Friday on the restive Central African Republic and later host Chad's President Idriss Deby, the French presidency said. The meeting of the limited defence committee -- which includes President Francois Hollande and top ministers -- is to take place at 1000 GMT and Hollande will then hold talks with Deby in Paris at 1700 GMT. mm/gk

Dominican president rules out seeking reelection in 2016

Santo Domingo, Feb 13 (EFE).- Dominican President Danilo Medina on Thursday ruled out running for a second four-year term in 2016 at a time when some officials of his government and leaders of his party are promoting his reelection. "I have no interest in getting reelected," said Medina during the inauguration of construction work on the Monte Grande dam in the southwestern province of Barahona. The head of state said that what he wants is "to raise the living conditions of our people."

Ukraine president back at work Monday after sick leave

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will return to work on Monday after taking time off due to an acute respiratory infection, the presidency said in a statement on Sunday. "The president of Ukraine is feeling well, his health is satisfactory. Viktor Yanukovych intends to return to work on Monday," it said. neo/dt/jhb

Czech president appoints new centre-left government

The Czech president on Wednesday appointed a new centre-left government bent on jump-starting the economy and creating jobs as the EU member struggles to recover from a record-long recession. Leftist President Milos Zeman said the three-party majority coalition helmed by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka was the "only one possible" in the wake of October's snap election. frj/mas/amj/lc

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: ___ "We hope the president will join us in a year of real action - by empowering people, not making their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes and fewer jobs. As Republicans, we advance these plans every day because we believe in a government that trusts people and doesn't limit where you finish because of where you started. That is what we stand for - for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional." — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in the official GOP response.

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address

Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: ___ "We hope the president will join us in a year of real action - by empowering people, not making their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes and fewer jobs. As Republicans, we advance these plans every day because we believe in a government that trusts people and doesn't limit where you finish because of where you started. That is what we stand for - for an America that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional." — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in the official GOP response.
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