IN THE NEWS: Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea's first female presidentFrom CNN
by GREG BOTELHO and PETER SHADBOLT
(CNN) -- Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea's first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.
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DEFROSTING THE KOREAS
South Korea recently observed the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. The war divided the Korean peninsula into North and South Korea. After a half a century of animosity, the two Koreas are beginning limited discussions about reunification.
Rugged mountains form the Korean peninsula, limiting the arable
land to only 37 percent of its 84,770 square miles (219,554 sq. km.). The climate
is similar to the U.S. East Coast from Virginia northward to Maine. But one
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