Fresh from her election as Chile\'s first woman president, socialist Michelle Bachelet vowed to root out the country\'s entrenched social inequality, and said on Jan. 17 she would start by naming a cabinet comprised equally of women and men.
Demonstrating that she will not tolerate machismo, Bachelet took a male journalist to task for asking how she would handle the pressure of her new job without a \"boyfriend or tenderness.\"
\"I would have loved it if a man had been in my place, (and) you would have asked him the same thing,\" she said. \"So the challenge is that in the future you ask the same type of question to men.\"
A former minister of health and later defense minister, Bachelet, 54, garnered 53.5 percent of the vote.
1. Patras, a small city in western Greece, has been honored with the title of European Capital of Culture for 2006, but it has got off to a bad start with planning delays and last-minute resignations.
2. A scientific project involving a skull, conducted to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the birth of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, has ended with an unexpected result. DNA analysis failed to solve the mystery of the skull\'s authenticity.
3. Indian cuisine is a reflection of the country\'s cultural, religious and scenic diversity. From the Himalayas in the north to the subcontinent\'s southern tip, every region claims its own culinary tradition.
4. The Italian Prime Minister, accused of dodging millions in taxes, threatened to report the head of the largest opposition party to the police over his involvement in a banking controversy.