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After landslide, Abe says Japan has difficult road

December 17, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reacts during a press conference after his Democratic Party of Japan made a big loss in parliamentary elections in Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Noda has resigned as chief of the DPJ to take responsibility for the party’s loss in parliamentary elections. The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party won between...

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Conservative party favored as Japan voting begins

December 15, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Anti-nuclear Tomorrow Party leader Yukiko Kada, left, and the party’s candidate Ichiro Ozawa shake hands with supporters on the final day of campaigns for parliamentary elections in Tokyo Saturday, Dec. 16, 2012. Candidates made final impassioned...

Mexico’s Mayas face Dec. 21 with ancestral calm

December 15, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Tourists get their picture taken next to a slab of stone counting down the days until Dec. 21, 2012 at the Xcaret theme park in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya...

With Chavez stricken, elections become crucial

December 15, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

A banner that reads in Spanish “Now more than ever with Chavez” on a street pole in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Hugo Chavez’s cancer has upended politics in Venezuela, transforming Sunday’s nationwide elections for...

Egyptians take quarrel over charter to the polls

December 15, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

An Egyptian soldier helps an elderly man after casting his vote during a referendum on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) CAIRO (AP) —...

Israeli election downplays Palestinian issue

December 15, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

FILE – in this Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 file photo, Israelis inspect damage at an apartment building after it was hit by a rocket fired by militants from Gaza Strip, in the israeli central city of Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv. Peacemaking with the...

NKorea still years away from reliable missiles

December 13, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

In this image made from video, North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launching station in Tongchang-ri, North Korea, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. A satellite that North Korea launched on board the long-range rocket is orbiting normally,...

Raul Castro says economic reforms are working

December 13, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

Cuba’s President Raul Castro smiles as he arrives for a session of the National Assembly in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. The session is one of the National Assembly’s twice-yearly gatherings. (AP Photo/Ismael Francisco, Cubadebate)...

VP: Chavez recovery favorable after complications

December 13, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

A woman donning images of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez attends an outdoor church service in front of the National Assembly, where supporters of gathered to pray for his health, in Caracas,Venezuela, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Venezuelans were warned...

Government: Chavez may not be well by inauguration

December 12, 2012 • World NewsComments Off

A student holds her teacher’s hand at the start of the school day at the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela school where a poster of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez hangs on the wall in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Chavez was recovering...