South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (shown here as a young accountant, working for Hyundai's office in Thailand in the early 1960s) overcame a poverty-stricken childhood to become a student activist, successful business executive and, ultimately, leader of his country.
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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, shown in May speaking at the Georgia Republican Party Victory Dinner in Macon, Ga., says he was acting as a "historian" when Freddie Mac paid him consultant fees of $300,000.
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Demonstrators from a Salafi group chant slogans and hold posters that read, in Arabic, "Islamic Egypt," during a Sept. 23 protest against emergency law in Cairo. Salafi political parties will be among those vying in upcoming elections.