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12 Of The Wildest Names In World News

With great power comes more letters than you can fit in your mouth. A hard-to-say name, however, should be the last thing to keep you from talking about the contributions of these incredibly important people. Dare to get to know them, and Dare2GoDeep with The Economist.

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She's South Korea's first female president, often referred to as another "Iron Lady." Two months into her first tern, she has already met with President Obama to strengthen South Korea's alliance with the United States.


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PRONOUNCED: jig-MAY KAY-zahr nahm-YELL wang-chuck

This 31-year-old monarch rules "the last surviving Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas." His 2011 wedding rivaled that of the one in Buckingham Palace the same year, including three days of nationwide celebration and ceremonies dating back centuries.


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PRONOUNCED: AH-lah-sahn WAH-tah-rah

The majority of citizens on the Ivory Coast are under the age of 25, but the country is still ruled by 71-year-old Ouattara and his 70-year-old prime minister counterpart. However, their younger commerce minister, Jean-Louis Billion is beginning to garner attention for wanting to take the country in a more progressive and youth-conducive direction.