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Onetime Protestant militant Peter Robinson was chosen by Democratic Unionist Party leaders in Northern Ireland to succeed the Rev. Ian Paisley as their chief and next first minister of the province's power-sharing government. Robinson, who's currently finance minister in the government, is expected to assume the new post in June. His election still must be ratified by the DUP later this week, but that is considered a formality. Paisley has been the DUP's only leader in its 35-year history.Skip to next paragraph
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Over the objections of his security advisers, East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta announced plans to return to his own residence Thursday and resume his duties. He has been undergoing medical treatment in Australia since Feb. 11, when he was gravely wounded by a would-be assassin. His home in the capital, Dili, is isolated, and the advisers recommended he move to a location that is more easily guarded.
A packed passenger train pulled out of Calcutta, India, Monday bound for Bangladesh's capital, resuming a service that was cut 43 years ago. Travel between the two cities is heavy but has had to be undertaken by bus since 1965, when India and Pakistan went to war. Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan six years later, but trains crossing the border since then have carried only freight. The Friendship Express will be subjected to lengthy customs inspections at the border, reports said.
In an unlikely move for a rock guitarist, Liverpool John Moores University in England named Brian May as its new chancellor, succeeding Cherie Blair, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. But May, who cofounded the band Queen with legendary vocalist Freddie Mercury, also holds a doctorate in astrophysics and helped to write the recent book "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe."