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Lee Myung-bak’s poll numbers: Steady in a time of uncertainty

By Thu, Dec 30, 2010 10:22AM UTC South Korean Prime Minister Lee Myung-bak. Pic: AP.

When a major crisis hits, the public support for a nation’s leaders usually shows major movement, either upward as the public rallies around the leadership or down if the public blames said leadership for the crisis. Not so for Lee Myung-bak. His numbers have remained relatively steady in the 40-45

England wants win in 5th test to complete series

By Thu, Dec 30, 2010 10:19AM UTC England's Matt Prior celebrates after his team winning the fourth Ashes cricket test against Australia at the MCG in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. Pic: AP.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — England cricket coach Andy Flower wants his Ashes victors to refocus for the fifth test in Sydney and finish the tour on a winning note. Speaking a day after England completed an innings and 157-run win in the fourth test to ensure it holds the Ashes,

Australia floods: Towns could be swamped for weeks

By Thu, Dec 30, 2010 9:02AM UTC A aerial view off the North Queensland town of Normanton that has been flooded by monsoonal rains, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. Pic: AP.

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Flooded communities across eastern Australia could be underwater for more than a week, with the cleanup bill expected to hit billions of dollars, a state official said Thursday. Days of torrential downpours have left parts of central and southern Queensland state inundated, flooding thousands of homes

Ponting to review his test future

By Thu, Dec 30, 2010 7:51AM UTC A happy looking Ricky Ponting after Australia defeated England in Perth during the Third Ashes Test Match to level the series. Sunday, 19th December, 2010. Pic: AP.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ricky Ponting says he will review his future as Australia captain and player after the conclusive Ashes loss, insisting he will act for the good of the team and not his own career. England retained the Ashes on Australian soil for the first time in 24

Wild Oats confirmed as Sydney-Hobart winner

By Thu, Dec 30, 2010 7:45AM UTC Australian maxi yacht Wild Oats XI rides rough waves and 40-50 knot winds as she races towards Hobart in Tasman Sea, Australia, during the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. Pic: AP.

HOBART, Australia (AP) — Wild Oats XI is officially the line honors winner of the Sydney to Hobart race after an international jury dismissed a protest Wednesday which threatened the yacht’s fifth win in six years. The 100-foot super maxi crossed the finish line off Hobart’s Constitution Dock late Tuesday

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