Time Magazine Names German Chancellor 2015's Person of the Year
Time magazine has named German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 "Person of the Year," noting her leadership during the Syrian refugee crisis, the Greek economic bailout, currency turmoil in the European Union, and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
The magazine said Merkel “stepped in” every time Europe faced a serious crisis.
It said while much of the world is debating the balance between safety and freedom, Merkel is asking Germany and the rest of the world to believe that great civilizations build bridges, not walls. She says wars are won both on and off the battlefield.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs wrote Wednesday, ”Leaders are tested only when people don't want to follow"... and Merkel provides "steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply.
Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor 10 years ago and one of the leading figures of the European Union.
North Korean Leader Claims Country Has Built Powerful H-Bomb
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is suggesting his regime has developed a hydrogen bomb.
Kim was quoted Thursday by the official KCNA news agency saying North Korea is now "a powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a self-reliant A (atomic)-bomb and H-bomb to reliably defend its sovereignty." KCNA says Kim made the comments while touring the Phyongchon Revolutionary Site.
A hydrogen bomb, also known as a thermonuclear bomb, is far more powerful than a atomic bomb because of the advanced technology involved.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency says it was told by an official with the country's intelligence agency that there is no evidence to support Kim's claims.
North Korea is under strict economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council for conducting three underground nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.