" Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes. "
Oscar Wilde

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Sihanouk Abdicates Cambodian Throne

Since 1941, Norodom Sihanouk has held countless positions in Cambodia—including king, prince, president, prime minister, and head of state. He saw Cambodia through difficult years during the Vietnam War, the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and the occupation of his nation by Vietnamese forces in the late 1970s. He abdicated his kingship twice, once in favor of his father and once in favor of his son, King Norodom Sihamoni. What is Sihanouk's official Cambodian title, and what does it mean?



Queen Tamar

Queen Tamar ruled the Kingdom of Georgia from 1184 to 1213, ascending to the throne after her father's death. Her outstanding success as a ruler during Georgia's “golden age” earned her the nickname “King of Kings and Queen of Queens.” Tamar led the Georgian army in a number of military victories, and in the early 13th c, Georgia annexed the Armenian capitals of Ani and Dvin. Tamar also suppressed a number of rebellions during her reign. Who organized two of the unsuccessful revolts against her?

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Vladimir Putin

Putin, President of Russia since 1999, has sought to reassert the central government's authority over the various regions and administrative units as well as over elements of the independent media. His aggressive response to the separatist movement in Chechnya earned him much popularity with the Russian public. In November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian KGB agent, died of radiation poisoning and Putin was implicated in his death. How did Putin respond to accusations of involvement?

Last updated on Sunday, 7th October 2007

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