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Teachers in northeast China say Kim has visited

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 3:51PM UTC

Two teachers in the northeastern China say North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visited their school in his second trip this year to his country’s biggest source of diplomatic and financial support. The teachers at the Yuwen Middle School in Jilin province said Kim visited the school Thursday for about

Japan PM to face fight for ruling party leadership

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 2:58PM UTC

A senior ruling party lawmaker announced Thursday he would challenge Japan’s prime minister for his job in an internal party election next month, raising the possibility that Tokyo’s leadership merry-go-round is not over yet. Japan has seen five prime ministers in three years. Prime Minister Naoto Kan took power in

Australia: Abbott frustrates key legislators

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 12:14PM UTC

A conservative political leader has rejected key demands from three independent lawmakers who are likely to decide which party forms Australia’s next government after indecisive elections. Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott, who heads the conservative opposition coalition, said on Thursday that he would not allow the Treasury Department to analyze

Japan senior lawmaker: Americans are simple-minded

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 9:25AM UTC

A key figure in Japan’s ruling party dubbed Americans “simple-minded” in a speech to fellow lawmakers Wednesday. It was not clear what prompted the remarks by Democratic Party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa at a political seminar, in which he otherwise paid tribute to Americans’ commitment to democracy, saying it was something

Thai PM: Extradition of Bout can’t be rushed

By Thu, Aug 26, 2010 9:19AM UTC

Thailand’s leader delivered a stern message to Washington on Wednesday that the extradition of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout cannot be rushed and will only happen after the necessary legal steps are completed. “We are not sending Viktor Bout back today,” Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva told reporters. “There are

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