NOMINATED. Jawad al-Maliki, hard-line Shi'ite leader; to replace outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari; in Baghdad. Al-Maliki was nominated after al-Jaafari agreed to abandon a bid to keep his post. Though al-Maliki, who is in his mid-50s, was not the first choice of rival factions, Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders said they would support him in the hope of ending a two-month political deadlock and moving the government forward.

APPOINTED. Zhang Yimou, 54, dynamic Chinese film director of everything from rich period dramas (1991's Raise the Red Lantern) to allegorical martial-arts sagas (2004's House of Flying Daggers); as...

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