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President Ahmadinejad Congratulates New Christian Year

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January 01, 2011 (KATAKAMI / PRESIDENT.IR) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated the New Year to all Christians and monotheists in the world, especially Iranian Christians.

President Ahmadinejad in his message said that the only way for human salvation from social, political and economic disorders is returning to divine, love, kindness and justice seeking values.

In part of his message, the president wished honor for the world and Iranian Christians and a year full of health and prosperity and expressed hope that in the new year, the world witnesses days of spirituality, altruism and serving all God’s servants.

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President Ahmadinejad felicitates Pope and the heads of Christian countries on New Year

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January 01, 2011 (KATAKAMI / PRESIDENT.IR) — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has congratulated the Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the Christian New Year.

In a message, President Ahmadinejad felicitated the Pope on the auspicious birthday anniversary of Prophet Jesus (PBUH) and the start of the New Year.

He expressed hope that in the year 2011, human society would “return to the underlying tenets of divine teachings such as freedom-seeking and justice-seeking, and redouble efforts to establish rapport among all human beings, including followers of Abrahamic religions.”

In doing so, people across the world can act to develop solidarity, defend what is right, support the oppressed and fight oppressors, the message read.

President also wished the Pope a year full of happiness and prosperity.

President Ahmadinejad also sent separate messages to heads of Christian countries to felicitate them on the New Year.

He hoped that divine values would be truly appreciated in the year 2011 and peace would prevail. He also wished prosperity and happiness for all Christians in the world.   (*)


 
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Pope Benedict XVI urges leaders to defend Christians after bombing

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VATICAN CITY (KATAKAMI / THE STRAITS TIMES) — POPE Benedict XVI on Saturday urged world leaders to defend Christians against abuse and intolerance after a New Year’s day bomb attack in a Coptic church in Egypt claimed 21 lives.

In the wake of mounting tensions and ‘especially discrimination, abuse and religious intolerance which are today striking Christians in particular, I once again launch a pressing appeal not to give in to discouragement and resignation,’ he said, speaking at the New Year mass.

He appealed for the ‘concrete and constant engagement of leaders of nations,’ in what he termed a ‘difficult mission.’

The pontiff underscored that ‘humanity cannot display resignation in the face of negative forces of selfishness and violence, it cannot get accustomed to conflicts which claim victims and endanger the future of people.’

The attack in Alexandria also wounded 43 people.

Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attack, the bombing came two months after gunmen stormed a Baghdad cathedral and took the worshippers hostage. — AFP

 

 
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Photostream : Bomb hits Egypt church at New Year's Mass, 21 dead

An Egyptian man cleans blood-staind from the door of the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack that targeted the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 and killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian police stand guard outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack that targeted the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 and killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Blood stains and Debris cover the sidewalk outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack on the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 which killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian Christians protest outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack on the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 which killed 21 people, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian Christians mourn outside the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following a midnight mass car bomb attack on the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 which killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

Policemen stand beside the wreckage of a car after a bomb blast outside the Coptic Orthodox church in Egypt's northern city of Alexandria, 230 km (140 miles) north of Cairo January 1, 2011. The car bombing outside the church killed 21 people as worshippers gathered to mark the New Year, security and medical sources said on Saturday. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Blood stains cover steps near the Al-Qiddissine (The Saints) church following an overnight car bomb attack that targeted the church in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on January 1, 2011 and killed at least 21, hitting Egypt's Christian community, the biggest in the Middle East. (Photo by MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

 
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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak delivers New Year's message

Jan. 1, SEOUL, South Korea -- President Lee Myung-bak gives a New Year's message at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Jan. 1. (Yonhap)

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SEOUL, Jan. 1 (KATAKAMI / Yonhap) — President Lee Myung-bak expressed confidence Saturday that South Korea will bring peace to the peninsula and attain further economic development in the new year.

“In the new year of 2011, I am confident that we will be able to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula and continue sustained economic growth,” Lee said in his New Year’s message. “I believe in the potential of the Korean people who always come together and turn crises into opportunities.”

He said the country’s fortunes are on an upswing in the international community.

He pointed out that South Korea achieved 5-percent economic growth, the highest among OECD member countries, in 2010 and became the world’s seventh largest exporting nation. South Korea also successfully hosted the G-20 economic summit and forged free trade agreements with the European Union and the United States, he said.

“Even though our land is small, our economic territory has become the largest in the world,” he said. “Korea has now emerged as a hub of free trade.”

The president said those achievements can be ascribed to the painstaking efforts by all Korean people.

“We should not let the chance to increase our national fortunes slip away. We must not hesitate to leap over the threshold to become an advanced country,” he said.  (*)



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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's New Year 2011 Address to the Nation

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev stands on the Patriarch Bridge during a recording of his annual televised New Year's address in Moscow December 28, 2010. Picture taken December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

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January 01, 2011 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV:

Citizens of Russia,

Friends,

Very soon, as the Kremlin tower chimes strike twelve, 2010 will pass into history, and with it the first decade of the 21st century. As we see the old year out, we remember its joyful and sad moments, and hope that next year will be good and successful for all of us and for our country. We will build a modern Russia together, a strong, open and friendly country.

We have a rich and ancient history, and we are rightly proud of it. At the same time Russia is a young country: in the coming year it will be only twenty years old. That is no great age for a country, but the children born in the new Russia have already grown up. The way we live in the second decade of this century will depend on them, too.

Everything we do, we do for our children, to make sure that they are healthy and successful, and the country they live in is safe, prosperous and happy, a country that respects its elders, cherishes its multiethnic traditions, and is committed to achieving new goals. I am confident that is our future.

President Dmitry Medvedev : "Everything we do, we do for our children, to make sure that they are healthy and successful, and the country they live in is safe, prosperous and happy."

 

Dear friends,

The New Year’s holiday has its own unique atmosphere. This holiday is filled with a special warmth and sincerity. The New Year will begin in just a few moments. Let us congratulate each other and wish each other love and happiness in the coming year. Let all our dreams come true.

Happy New Year 2011!

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Let us make a new beginning in the year ahead: PM Manmohan Singh

 

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January 01, 2011. (KATAKAMI / INDIA TODAY) — Seeking a “new beginning” in the year ahead, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday asked people to believe in the resilience of democracy and its capacity to deal with infirmities through course correction.

“Let us make a new beginning to the year. Let us dispel the air of despondency and cynicism,” Singh said in his New Year message, assuring people that he and his government would work with renewed resolve for their welfare.

Wishing the people a happy New Year, he said, “We will redouble our efforts to deal effectively and credibly with the challenges of inflation, cleansing our governing processes, national security and making our delivery system work for the aam aadmi.

“We need to believe in the resilience of our democracy and its capacity to deal with infirmities and shortcomings through course correction.”

The prime minister said on the eve of the New Year, it is an occasion to take stock of the year gone by and of the challenges that lie ahead.

The government has been on the backfoot in the wake of a series of scandals and the Opposition had paralysed Winter Session of Parliament demanding a JPC to go into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

There has also been growing concern over rising inflation and prices of essential commodities.  (*)

 
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