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Japan's Abe to push pacifist constitution reform after strong election win

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, buoyed by a huge election win for lawmakers who favor revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution, is likely to push towards his long-held goal but will need to convince a divided public to succeed.

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Abe, Trump agree to raise pressure on North Korea: Japan government

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to work together to raise pressure on North Korea, Yasutoshi Nishimura, a deputy chief cabinet secretary, said on Monday.

Japan Oct 22 2017

Australia to spend up to $195 million housing refugees after PNG detention center closes

SYDNEY Australia will spend up to A$250 million ($195 million) housing nearly 800 refugees and asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea for the next 12 months after its controversial detention center closes this month.

Macri's coalition sweeps Argentina's mid-term vote

BUENOS AIRES Candidates allied with Argentine President Mauricio Macri enjoyed sweeping victories in Sunday's mid-term election, strengthening his position in Congress while dimming prospects for a political comeback by his predecessor Cristina Fernandez.

Oct 22 2017

Typhoon Lan heads out to sea, leaves three dead and flooding

TOKYO A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding that prompted evacuation orders for tens of thousands of people, but then headed out to sea after largely sparing the capital, Tokyo.

'Despondent' May losing sleep on in-fighting, said Juncker: FAZ

BRUSSELS Theresa May looked "despondent", with deep rings under her eyes, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker told aides after dining with the British prime minister last week, a German newspaper said on Sunday.

Oct 22 2017

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