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Barack Obama's historic journey to the White House reaches its successful end on Tuesday when he takes oath of office as the new president, but he will face a rougher road filled with expectations, hopes and challenges.
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• Angel Falls Seen at Canaima National Park in Venezuela
• Inscriptive Statues Help Decipher Ancient Language
• Reuters' Top 10 People of 2008
• Parade for Upcoming Christmas in Panama City
• Hypertension Affects Elderly's Cognitive Functioning
• Fund Secured for Studies of Red-Dead Canal Project: Official

The Taj Hotel, Trident Hotel Reopen 3 Weeks after Terror Siege
The Taj Hotel and the Trident hotel, the targets of Nov. 26 terror attacks, reopened on Sunday after three weeks of refurbishment work.
Greek Demonstrators Clash with Riot Police
An anti-racism rally in central Athens's Syntagma Square on Sunday led to a violent confrontation between the protesters and riot police.
DR Congo Peace Talks to Resume Early Next Week
UN-backed talks between the government of the DR Congo and a main rebel group, aimed at finding a peaceful resolution to the strife-ridden country's brutal armed conflict, have adjourned and will resume early next year.
• Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Wound Four
• 2 Alleged U.S. Spies Killed in Pakistan's Tribal Region
• Livni Vows to End Hamas Rule if Elected PM
• Obama Names Technology Officials
• Iraqi PM Not to Sue Bush Shoe Thrower
• British Watchdog Investigating Buy-to-Let Fraud
• Israel Opts for Scaled Responses to Gaza Firings
• Jihad Vows to Continue Rocket Attacks against Israel
• Pakistani President to Visit Afghanistan Early January
• Pro-Abbas Troops Arrest 44 Hamas Supporters in WB
• Israeli PM: Responsible Government Never Eager to Battle
• Pakistan Able to Defend if Attacked: FM
• Terror Attack Foiled in Southern Philippines
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• The Seventh Day of Israeli Air Strike on Gaza
• British Troops Turned over Civilian Airport in Basra to Iraqi Authorities
• Zardari Comments on 1st Anniversary of Bhutto Assassination
• Israel Attacks Hamas in Gaza with Large Number of Casualties
• Japan Considers Sending Naval Ships to Somalia Waters
• Pakistan PM, India Minister React to Pakistan Troop Movements
• Great Lakes Foreign Affairs Ministers Discuss Regional Security
• Weak holiday sales in US
• UN chief calls for calm in Guinea
• Brazil and EU Sign Joint Action Plan to Boost Ties
In Depth
U.S. Presidential Election 2008
Democrat candidate Obama's landslide victory makes him the first African-American president-elect in US history.
Gustav Storms U.S.
Hurricane Gustav has swept the U.S. Gulf coast region including New Orleans and Louisiana.


Asia-Pacific
• Earthquake Hits off Honshu, Japan
• U.S. to Send 20,000 to 30,000 Extra Troops to Afghanistan
• Pakistan Able to Defend if Attacked: FM
• Terror Attack Foiled in Southern Philippines
• 8 Dead, 6 Missing in Shopping Mall Fire near Pakistan
Middle East
• Livni Vows to End Hamas Rule if Elected PM
• Israel Opts for Scaled Responses to Gaza Firings
• Jihad Vows to Continue Rocket Attacks against Israel
• Pro-Abbas Troops Arrest 44 Hamas Supporters in WB
• Israeli PM: Responsible Government Never Eager to Battle
Europe
• Greek Demonstrators Clash with Riot Police
• British Watchdog Investigating Buy-to-Let Fraud
• Policemen Stand Guard in Front of Christmas Tree during Demonstration in Athens
• Ariane Rocket Launched, Sending Satellites into Orbit
• France Telecom Ship Sent to Fix Cables under Mediterranean
Africa
• Mauritania Junta Releases Ousted President
• IMF Approves 75.6 Mln U.S. Dollars in Anti-Crisis Support to Senegal
• EU Select Nigeria on E-Waste Management
• Iran's Warship Arrives in Somalia Waters to Fight Pirates
• Zimbabwe Will Only Remain a Country for Zimbabweans: Mugabe
Americas
• Obama Names Technology Officials
• U.S. Passenger Plane Veers off Runway, Injuring Dozens
• U.S. Soldier Dies in Non-Combat Incident in Iraq
• Obama Boards Plane for 12-day Hawaii Vacation
• Jumbo Jet Goes off Runway in Denver, U.S.
Weekly Review
• Yearender: Seesawing Marks EU-Russia Ties in 2008
• Clash, Compromise Feature Relations between US, Russia, Europe in 2008
• Yearender: Divided Diet Adds to Uncertainties in Japan's Political Scene
• Yearender: Uncertainties Remain in Iraq despite Political, Security Pickup
• Yearender: African Politicians Stand Tests for Peace, Development in 2008