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Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union party in Germany, Merkel has led the country as Chancellor since 2005.
Previously Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales, Dr Williams has held office since 2003 as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Margaret Thatcher, nickenamed "the Iron Lady", served as British prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
Christopher Hitchens became known as a left-wing political commentator in the UK and US. However, his controversial opinions on Islam and the Iraq war have caused him to be labelled a…
The former Catholic archbishop of Westminster was nominated as part of a team investigating child sex abuse in Ireland.
Italian Fabio Capello is a former player who has managed AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma and Juventus. He became England football coach in 2007 and will lead the team into this year's World Cup finals in…
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Harman was acting leader of the party during the 2010 leadership contest.
Co-founder of Northern Ireland's DUP, the politician and church minister led the party from1971 to 2008.
2009 saw the publication of two reports, commissioned by the Irish government, into child sex abuse in Ireland.