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The N. Korean raid to 'cut Park Chung-Hee's throat'

Kim Shin-Jo has no doubt where the mission went wrong -- a crucial miscalculation that prevented his team of 31 elite North Korean commandos assassinating then South Korean president Park Chung-Hee 45 years ago. "Had we killed them all, no alert would have been raised and I suspect we would have been able to achieve our objective," Kim told AFP. The "them" were four South Korean villagers the commandos encountered on January 19, 1968, some 36 hours into what remains the most daring cross-border raid carried out in the six decades since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea swears in first female president

Park Geun-Hye became South Korea's first female president Monday, vowing zero tolerance with North Korean provocation and demanding Pyongyang "abandon its nuclear ambitions" immediately. As leader of Asia's fourth-largest economy, Park, the 61-year-old daughter of late military strongman Park Chung-Hee, faces challenges of slowing growth and soaring welfare costs in one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies.

Park Geun-Hye: a president with history

Park Geun-Hye was sworn in as South Korea's first female president Monday, capping a political career founded in privilege and personal tragedy. Unlike her predecessors, she already knows the presidential Blue House well, having lived there as a child and served there after her mother's murder as first lady to her later-assassinated father. Park was just nine years old when her father, Park Chung-Hee, came to power in 1961 in a military coup that set the stage for 18 years of authoritarian rule.

Park Geun-Hye: a president with history

Park Geun-Hye's historic election victory that will see her installed as South Korea's first female president, caps a political career founded in privilege and personal tragedy. Unlike her predecessors, she already knows the presidential Blue House well, having lived there as a child and served there after her mother's murder as first lady to her later-assassinated father. Park was just nine years old when her father, Park Chung-Hee, came to power in 1961 in a military coup that set the stage for 18 years of authoritarian rule.
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