A good week for ...
Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
Re-elected with one of the widest margins in Argentina's history, Fernandez won the strongest mandate for an Argentine president since the end of the 1976-83 dictatorship. No leader had won such a big share of the vote since General Juan Domingo Peron was elected for the third time with 62 per cent of the vote in 1973. The result marks a dramatic change of fortune for a leader who was once expected to be ousted early as angry protests by farmers and middle-class voters battered her approval ratings soon after she took office.
Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy
French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel staved off a financial disaster by managing to push through a deal to fix Europe's festering debt crisis. It took one cancelled summit, a frantic weekend of preparations involving finance and foreign ministers, four emergency European Union and euro-zone summits and much carefully orchestrated arm-twisting, but the two leaders saw banks finally sign up to a deal that prevents lenders from triggering Greek credit default insurance.
In one of the most lavish and celebrity-studded weddings seen here in years, the Hong Kong-born singer married Bruce Rockowitz, president and chief executive of Li & Fung. The two-day nuptials between Lee, 36, and her Canadian partner of eight years drew hundreds of guests to the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, a list that reportedly included Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Tommy Hilfiger.