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Australian PM Abbott reshuffles cabinet to focus on jobs, families

SYDNEY - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, battling a slide in public support, reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, promoting the overseer of a tough immigration program and throwing out his gaffe-prone defense minister.

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Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower tool

TOKYO - A Japanese Internet activist and academic is challenging a new state secrets law by setting up a website aimed at making it easier for government officials to leak sensitive information to the media without getting caught.

World, Tech, 19 Dec 2014

Nissan CEO says suspending some Russia car orders in 'bloodbath' for automakers

TOKYO - Japan's Nissan Motor Co and French partner Renault SA have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble's plunge continues, alliance Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday.

Russia 19 Dec 2014

Disgraced Japan researcher fails to replicate 'game changing' stem cell results

TOKYO - A disgraced Japanese researcher has failed to replicate results hailed as a potential breakthrough in stem-cell treatment and efforts to do so will be abandoned, officials at her research institute said on Friday.

Science, Health, 18 Dec 2014

Japan, U.S. extend deadline for new Asian security guidelines

TOKYO - Japan and the United States on Friday extended by six months a deadline to revise guidelines for their security cooperation in order to give Tokyo a more prominent military role in East Asia.

World, 18 Dec 2014

Japan's Suga: Don't think Sony hack issue to affect Japan-North Korea talks

TOKYO - Japan's top government spokesman on Thursday said he does not think the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures will directly affect talks on the abduction issue between Japan and North Korea.

Entertainment, Film, 18 Dec 2014