New South Korean president Park vows to make people happy

Rapper Psy performs at the inauguration. Photo: Reuters

Following a jaunty ceremony featuring a 21-gun salute, folk dancers and Gangnam Style star Psy, Park Geun-hye, who was sworn in on Friday as president of South Korea, made a revolutionary promise - to make her workaholic, ultra-competitive, ultra-stressed people happy.

Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 2:59am

South Korea swears in first female president, Park Geun-hye

South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, is sworn in. Photo: EPA

Taking the oath of office in front of 70,000 people gathered in front of the National Assembly building in Seoul, Park Geun-hye called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions and rejoin the international community.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Seize the moment, Obama tells US in inaugural speech

Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Inaugural Ball. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama declared yesterday that a decade of war was ending, the nation's economy was recovering and "America's possibilities are limitless" as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands.

22 Jan 2013 - 12:01pm

'Dad, you didn't mess up,' says Obama's daughter Sasha

Barack Obama is officially sworn-in as US president. Photo: AP

To everyone else, he is the president of the United States, but to his young daughters Barack Obama is just Dad, who sometimes messes stuff up.

The president's 11-year-old daughter Sasha on Sunday gave a rare glimpse into the 44th US president's personal life, after watching her father take the oath of office to begin his second term.

22 Jan 2013 - 5:37am