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Bottom line: A GOP free trade comeback

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, and with it control of that body's committees and floor agenda, is the most important event for the international economy and emerging market stocks of the year.
GREGORY FOSSEDAL, Special to UPI

North Korea's nuclear news

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- On Oct. 16, the U.S. State Department announced that in Oct. 3-5 meetings with Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly in Pyongyang, the North Korean leadershi
NICHOLAS EBERSTADT, RICHARD ELLINGS and JOSEPH FER, A UPI Outside view commentary

Bush, Fox stress migration, Iraq, Korea

LOS CABOS, Mexico, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Presidents George W. Bush of the United States and Vicente Fox of Mexico announced Saturday that they would continue efforts to reach an agreement on Mexican mi
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Chief Economics Correspondent

US, China to cooperate on North Korea arms

CRAWFORD, Texas, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The United States and China will work to persuade North Korea to abandon its quest for nuclear arms and to adhere to the 1994 agreement it signed with Washington in return for aid, the countries' two leaders said Friday. Chinese President Jiang Zemin, spe
RICHARD TOMKINS, UPI White House Correspondent

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North Korea's troubled road to the IMF

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- An International Monetary Fund official said Thursday that North Korea could be invited to take part as an observer in the IMF's annual meetings next year, but prospects for Pyongyang to become a full member seem distant. That's especially so in light of
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Think tanks wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks.

Think tanks wrap-up II

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The UPI think tank wrap-up is a daily digest covering opinion pieces, reactions to recent news events and position statements released by various think tanks. T

Bush to pressure China and Russia

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush plans to use a weekend of diplomatic meetings in Texas and Mexico to try to persuade skeptical members of the U.N. Security Council to back a demand that Iraq disarm.
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, UPI Chief White House Correspondent

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2002 with 69 to follow.
By United Press International

North Korea on US-China summit agenda

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- North Korea's violation of its 1994 nuclear weapons accord with the United States will figure prominently in talks later this week between President George W. B
RICHARD TOMKINS, UPI White House Correspondent

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Complexities of Bush's world redoubled

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- As President George W. Bush prepares to welcome Chinese President Jiang Zemin to his Texas ranch Friday, the world and the issues between the two countries have
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, UPI Chief White House Correspondent

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2002 with 84 to follow.
By United Press International

N Korean capitalist runs afoul of Beijing

SHANGHAI, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- From the beginning, the whole thing seemed just too bizarre to be true: A Chinese-born Dutch tycoon, tasked with introducing capitalism to the world's last communist economy and given a post in the North Korean government, proclaiming the Stalinist state
CHRISTIAN WADE, UPI Business Correspondent
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Kim Jong Il
China's state television shows footage of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's body laying in state in Pyongyang December 20, 2011. China on Monday offered its "deep condolences" on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, which analysts said will spur China's leaders to boost ties with Pyongyang to prevent instability. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Kim Jong-Il (sometimes spelled Kim Yong-Il to avoid confusion with the North Korean leader), born 11 September 1962, is a retired South Korean long jumper, best known for winning two gold medals at the Asian Games. He also competed in the Olympics twice, and was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics. His personal best jump was 8.00 metres, achieved in August 1988 in Seoul. After retiring as an active athlete, he turned to a career in coaching and academics.

Kim Jong-Il was born on 11 September 1962, and is a native of Jincheon. He became a member of the national track and field team in 1979, and first made his mark internationally by winning the gold medal in long jump at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. His jump of 7.94 metres was the second best Asian Games result of all times, only behind T.C. Yohannan's winning jump of 8.07 metres in 1974. Kim beat second-placed Liu Yuhuang with a slim margin of five centimetres, and third-placed Junichi Usui with seven centimetres.

Two years later, Kim participated in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Entering the qualifying round at the long jump competition, where one would need to finish among the top twelve or achieve at least 7.90 metres to reach the final, Kim began his competition with a non-valid jump. His second jump measured 7.67 metres, in a head wind of 2.5 m/s, which was not enough to progress. However, with his final qualifying jump measuring 7.87 metres, he finished ninth in total, thus making it to the finals—together with fellow Asians Junichi Usui (8.02 m) and Liu Yuhuang (7.83 m). In the final round, Kim opened with jumps of 7.76 and 7.81 metres. The latter jump ranked him in eighth place, the threshold necessary to get a further three jumps after the first three. Failing to capitalize on this opportunity, with two jumps of 7.77 and 7.59 as well as two fouls he remained in eighth place. Nonetheless, he was the first Korean track and field athlete to have made a final round at the Olympics.

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