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Japan braces for gridlock after ruling party loss

By Mon, Jul 12, 2010 4:51PM UTC

Japan’s ruling party faced the prospect of political gridlock Monday as bad losses in weekend parliamentary elections undermine its attempts to reduce the second-largest economy’s ballooning budget deficit and revive growth. Half of the 242 seats in the upper house of parliament were up for grabs Sunday. The ruling Democratic

Troubled Kashmir shut 2nd day by separatist strike

By Mon, Jul 12, 2010 4:35PM UTC

A strike against Indian rule closed most shops, schools and government offices in troubled Kashmir for a second day Monday though newspapers were able to resume publishing after restrictions on journalists were lifted. Key separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to stop him from leading a

War of words: Anti-whaling activist vs New Zealand government

By Mon, Jul 12, 2010 3:54PM UTC

Peter Bethune has had a big whine, lashing out at the New Zealand government while praising Australia: The many people from all over the world who protested on my behalf, who supported me on Facebook and in forums and who raised the profile of whaling. The Government of Australia who

Chinese officials ordered to report personal assets

By Mon, Jul 12, 2010 2:29PM UTC

China issued new rules requiring officials in government and state companies to report personal details from assets to the whereabouts of spouses and children, in a renewed attempt to quash endemic corruption Beijing sees as a threat to its rule. The new regulations that went into effect Sunday are similar

Maoist rebels kidnap 9 villagers in eastern India

By Mon, Jul 12, 2010 12:43PM UTC

Maoist rebels have kidnapped nine men from a village in eastern India in order to steal their licensed weapons. A police official who goes by the name of Neelmani says nearly 200 rebels attacked a village in the Kaimur district of Bihar state late Sunday and abducted nine licensed gun

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