Who's who in the news

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 April, 2009, 12:00am

1 Jill Vidal

2 Kim Jong-il

3 Abhisit Vejjajiva

4 Richard Philips

5 Dayana Mendoza

a This Venezuelan model, who was crowned Miss Universe 2008, created an uproar when she praised the beauty of prison camp Guantanamo Bay on her blog. She described the US detention centre, which has been accused of torturing terrorist suspects, as 'a loooot of fun!' and 'I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful'.

b He is the captain of a US ship captured by Somali pirates, and was released on Easter Sunday after five days of being held hostage. He was rescued in an operation by the US Navy Seals, who shot and killed three of the four pirates. The US captain was navigating the unarmed shipping vessel, Maersk Alabama, which was carrying food aide to Somalia.

c Before her arrest, she was a rising Canto-pop star who participated in anti-drug campaigns. Now she is in Japanese police custody after she and another Hong Kong singer, Kelvin Kwan, were caught with marijuana in Tokyo. Kwan was allowed to return to Hong Kong last week, but she will stand trial on April 24 with evidence suggesting she also had heroin.

d After only four months as Prime Minister of Thailand, he called a state of emergency on Sunday due to violent protests calling for him to step down. The protesters are supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is on the run for corruption charges. The protesters forced this man to cancel the Asean summit in Pattaya.

e Last week this dictator of North Korea made his first appearance in almost a year during a session of parliament. He looked thinner and greyer, which further confirmed an alleged stroke last year. During parliament he promoted brother-in-law Chang Sung-taek to the National Defence Commission, fuelling rumours he is preparing a successor.

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