Top news: Park Geun-hye, daughter of former authoritarian leader Park Chung-hee, was elected president of South Korea. She will be the country's first female president and is expected to take office in February.
Park pledged to work for reconciliation and to "reflect various opinions of the people" after a divisive race. Though, with 51.6 percent of the vote, she is the first democratically elected president to win an outright majority in South Korea, she is widely mistrusted who remember her father's 33 years of autocratic rule. Park has apologized for her father's repression of students and democracy activists but credits him with modernizing South Korea's economy.
Though her father was an anti-communist hardliner and her mother was killed by a North Korean sympathizer during an assassination attempt on her father, Park has pledged to reach out to Pyongyang and increase humanitarian aid to the North.
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- The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda issued a conviction in its final case.
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- A prison in Northern Mexico was closed after 24 people were killed in a jailbreak.
- Pakistan reported a ninth death from attacks on U.N.-backed anti-polio teams.
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