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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". | Video

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U.S., Iran in last-ditch bid to clinch historic nuclear deal

VIENNA - Iran and the United States on Friday intensified efforts to overcome deep divisions in talks on Tehran's nuclear program days ahead of a deadline for agreement.

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Merkel against unilaterally recognizing Palestine as a state

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognizing Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

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Vazquez favorite to win Uruguay presidential vote as economy shines

MONTEVIDEO - Leftist ruling party candidate Tabare Vazquez is a clear favorite to win Uruguay's presidential election this month, buoyed by widespread affection for the country's outgoing leader and strong economic growth.

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Hunger striker 'prepared to die' over Trinidad highway project

PORT OF SPAIN - Trinidadian hunger striker Dr. Wayne Kublalsingh, in his 65th day of consuming no food or water, says he is prepared to continue his fast, even if it means giving up his life to stop construction of a controversial highway.

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