February 25th, 2008 11:26 EST
World Chronicle: February 25
KHARTOUM, Sudan. Sudan expects to establish normal diplomatic relations with the United States within six months. The Sudanese foreign minister drew such a conclusion after meeting on Monday with a new U.S. envoy to Khartoum. Washington withdrew its ambassador to Sudan in 1997 when Sudanese authorities launched a military offensive against the Christian-dominated south. Although the warring factions reached a peace agreement in 2005, a new war in the western province of Darfur shattered any hopes for the normalization of diplomatic relations with America.
HAVANA, Cuba. Raul Castro was elected the president of Cuba on Sunday. The 77-year-old revolutionary won all the votes of the 597-member assembly, a clear sign that his position will be as strong as that of his older brother and long-time dictator, Fidel. Along with the new president, the assembly also chose four vice presidents and other top officials, most of whom have been present in Cuba's politics for decades and are widely regarded as hard-liners.
SEUL, South Korea. Lee Myung-bak was sworn-in today as South Korea's president. The 66-year-old former businessman is the first conservative head of state in a decade and won the office promising to revive the country's economy and pursue a tougher policy towards communist North Korea. The new president is perceived as a hardliner and a pro-American politician. Among the foreign dignitaries present at the swearing-in ceremony was U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic. The Czech prime minister told the Associated Press on Monday that his country was ready to host an American anti-missile radar. Conservative Mirek Topolanek said he expected to finalize the talks during his visit to the United States this week since both sides had managed to solve all the problems that had arisen during the year-long negotiations. Washington hopes that this decision will improve its position in talks with Poland, where the Americans plan to locate an anti-missile shield with ten warheads.
BAGHDAD, Iraq. 25 Iraqis were killed and many more wounded on Monday. It was another day of violent attacks that everyone thought were over. Only on Sunday 56 people lost their lives in a suicide bombing that was carried out south of Baghdad.
WASHINGTON, DC. Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, stressed on Monday that Americans had to believe the war in Iraq was a success. He admitted that he might lose the election should he fail in underlining the latest achievements in the Middle East, naming democracy in Iraq and the growing security level as the most visible ones. The Arizona senator was among the few politicians who supported the Bush Administration's decision to increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and is associated with the neo-conservatism movement.