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Japan's Prime Minister Abe resigns (1st Update)

Sep 12, 2007, 19:57 GMT

The Japanese ruling Liberal Democrats will announce the country's new leader next week after today's shock resignation of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The prime minister announced his resignation Wednesday after a scandal-plagued year in office during which the ruling Liberal Democratic party has been plagued by a string of crises with four of Abe's ministers resigning and a fifth committing suicide. The scandals culminated in the loss of control of the Upper House in recent elections. ... more

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Dutch prosecutor's office announces release of Philippines communist leader

Sep 13, 2007, 14:33 GMT

Dutch prosecutors office announces release of Philippines communist leader
The Dutch prosecutor's office Thursday announced the release of self-exiled Philippines communist leader Jose Maria Sison saying they lacked sufficient evidence against him to try him for two murders in the Philippines. ... more

Abe hospitalised for stomach disorder following resignation

Sep 13, 2007, 13:50 GMT

Abe hospitalised for stomach disorder following resignation
A day following his dramatic resignation as prime minister, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been hospitalised with stomach disorders. Doctors at a Tokyo hospital who are treating the 52-year-old former leader said in a statement that "[Mr Abe's] body was substantially weakened all over," and added he will receive treatment four up to four days. ... more

Australian PM deal with deputy attacked by Opposition

Sep 13, 2007, 13:11 GMT

The Australian Labor Opposition has lost no time in attacking Prime Minister John Howard's announcement last night that he will step down sometime during his next term if re-elected. Mr Howard said he would expect to be succeeded by Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the party Peter Costello, though says that's ultimately a decision for his colleagues.

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Japan's Prime Minister Abe resigns (1st Update)

Sep 12, 2007, 19:57 GMT

The Japanese ruling Liberal Democrats will announce the country's new leader next week after today's shock resignation of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The prime minister announced his resignation Wednesday after a scandal-plagued year in office during which the ruling Liberal Democratic party has been plagued by a string of crises with four of Abe's ministers resigning and a fifth committing suicide. The scandals culminated in the loss of control of the Upper House in recent elections. ... more

Jakarta authorities bans money to beggars, buskers and hawkers

Sep 12, 2007, 19:03 GMT

Jakarta authorities bans money to beggars, buskers and hawkers
Indonesian authorities have looked to clean up the nation's capital by banning people from giving money to beggars, buskers and hawkers in the streets of Jakarta. The new law will see possible jail terms of up to six months and fines imposed in excess of $5,000 USD. ... more

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