Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first black US president. He defeated Republican rival John McCain in the general election of 2008, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate in October 2009. He was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney. 

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 May, 2015, 9:46am

Obama casts his vote early

The traditional posed photograph of a US presidential candidate and his wife casting their ballots is a staple of election day broadcasts - but not this year. President Barack Obama is voting by post and casts his ballot today, more than a week before the November 6 election, to give himself more time for last-minute campaigning in the crucial swing states.
 

Grim economic figures from Seoul

Economic data for South Korea is likely to make dismal reading, with the country's central bank already warning that growth has slowed. Gross domestic product figures for the third quarter are expected to show that growth slowed to 1.8 per cent from 2.3 per cent in the second quarter. Some economists fear the economy could have contracted in the three months to September 30.
 

'Victoria Park Nicholas Tse' learns fate

A mentally ill performer known as "the Nicholas Tse of Victoria Park" will learn his fate after he was convicted of indecently assaulting a model during a live show. Lam, who got his nickname when his resemblance to the Hong Kong singer-actor was noticed as he spoke at a forum in Victoria Park, only increased his infamy when he brought a stuffed toy to court and then had two cameras confiscated during the hearing.
 

Mainland jobless data released

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Beijing will reveal the mainland's urban employment statistics and new policies for social welfare for the third quarter. The nation faces a dilemma, with labour costs increasing on one hand and the pressure of unemployment rising on the other. The official unemployment figure only includes registered unemployment claims by people with urban household registration cards.
 

Bankers ready for bout

Some 14 Hong Kong bankers swap the boardroom for the boxing ring as they take part in the annual Hedge Fund Fight Nite. It follows five months of training from professionals that whittled down the final line-up from more than 50 white-collar contenders. The punches are being thrown in a good cause - the bouts will raise money for the local charities Operation Smile and Operation Breakthrough.
 

Zuma to face artist over rape cartoon

South African President Jacob Zuma comes face to face in court next week with a cartoonist who portrayed him about to rape a female figure representing justice, a reference to charges the president was cleared of in 2006. Zuma accuses Jonathan Shapiro, better known by his pen name Zapiro, of defamation and is seeking damages and compensation. The pending court case has done little to dampen Shapiro's enthusiasm for attacking Zuma. In July he published another cartoon, portraying the president as a penis.

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