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Japan PM seeks verdict on 'Abenomics' in snap election

TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament's lower house on Friday for a snap election on Dec. 14, seeking a fresh mandate for his struggling "Abenomics" revival strategy just two years after he returned to power promising that "Japan is Back".

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Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns as area inches toward open war

ISMAILIA Egypt - Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants that turned the daily trip to lessons into a "journey of death".

Egypt 5:44am EST

In blow to PM Cameron, Britain's anti-EU UKIP party wins second parliamentary seat

ROCHESTER/LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives lost a second parliamentary seat to the anti-EU UKIP party on Friday, an embarrassing defeat heralding a possible fragmentation of Britain's two-party system in next year's national election.

7:00am EST

Iran minister to leave nuclear talks for Tehran consultations

VIENNA - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohommad Javad Zarif will leave the nuclear talks with six world powers on Friday and return to Tehran for discussions with top officials four days before a deadline for a final agreement expires.

6:57am EST

Militants could have drawn Lebanon into civil war: army chief

BEIRUT - Islamist militants who attacked parts of Lebanon this year could have drawn it into civil war, army chief General Jean Kahwaji said in an unusually direct and political speech published on Friday.

Lebanon 6:49am EST

Jihadi wave tests Tunisia's young democracy

SOUSSE Tunisia - Tunisians were used to seeing Nidhal Selmi belting around a stadium, proudly sporting his country's red and white colors as a defender on the national football squad.

Tunisia 6:19am EST

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