Japan Ranks 12th for Basic Science 

2005年05月25日(水) 15時15分
Japan Ranks 12th for Basic

Despite Japan's image as a technological powerhouse, adults here could barely pass a basic science knowledge test and ranked 12th among 14 nations involved in a survey.



Iraq elects first Kurdish leader 

2005年04月20日(水) 15時57分
World News
Iraq elects first Kurdish leader

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Parliament elected veteran Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani as Iraq's president April 5, breaking a two-month political impasse and paving the way for a new government more than nine weeks after elections.

Talabani is the first Kurd to be Iraq's president - and the first non-Arab president of any Arab state - a sign of the new clout of the Kurdish minority that backed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

Two vice presidents were elected: Adel Abdul Mahdi, a Shiite who was finance minister in the outgoing government, and Sunni Arab tribal leader Ghazi Yawar, the former president.

The Sunni minority dominated Iraq under Saddam Hussein, whose ousted regime oppressed Shiites and massacred Kurds.

"This is the new Iraq - an Iraq that elects a Kurd to be president and an Arab former president as his deputy," parliament speaker Hajem al-Hassani said after the vote. "What more could the world want from us?"

Shukan ST: April 15, 2005
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