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Japan PM says not so easy to revise constitution, wants deeper debate TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday it would not be easy to revise Japan's constitution, a day after a resounding election victory opened the door for a possible revision of the charter that was adopted after World War Two.Abe's coalition and allies obtained two-thirds of the seats in the upper house of parliament which, with the ruling bloc's super majority in the lower house, could allow them to revise the document.However, Abe told a news conference this would not be so easy and debate had to be deepened.Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Abe claims win in Japan parliamentary poll TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has claimed victory in weekend elections, giving a boost to his long-cherished desire to water down the country's pacifist constitution.Voters backed the hawkish premier, despite a lacklustre economic performance, handing his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its allies control of more than half of the upper house of parliament.Analysts say with the support of small nationalist parties, Abe may now have the numbers to push through a change to ...

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15 dead from floods in central India NEW DELHI: Flash floods from torrential downpours in the in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh have killed 15 people, with seven deaths over the weekend, and left thousands of people displaced, authorities said Sunday.Indian news channels on Sunday showed footage of inundated cities in the state, with residents forced to wade through through waist deep water.The state chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked senior officials to stay vigilant for the next 24 hours ...

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Tropical storm makes landfall in China BEIJING: A tropical storm made landfall in China Saturday afternoon, the country's national meteorological center said, a day after super Typhoon Nepartak lashed Taiwan with powerful winds and torrential rain.Nepartak, which has weakened to a tropical storm since it brought chaos to Taiwan on Friday, hit the city of Shishi in the southeastern Fujian province at 1:45 pm local time (0545 GMT), packing winds of up to 90 kilometres (56 miles) per hour.More than 420,000 ...

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Rain, floods in China kill around 100 people, wipe out crops SHANGHAI: Severe recent flooding across central and southern China has killed around 100 people, damaged more than 1.5 million hectares of cropland and led to direct economic losses of more than 20 billion yuan ($3 billion), the government has said.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang traveled on Tuesday to Anhui, one of the hardest-hit provinces, where he met residents and encouraged officials to do everything they could to protect lives and livelihoods. Li was also to visit ...

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Bangladesh police try to confirm ID of cafe killers from FB posts DHAKA: Bangladeshi police are trying to confirm the names of militants who attacked a Dhaka restaurant, killing 20 people, checking whether the identification of some by friends on social media is correct, officials said on Monday. Islamic State posted pictures of five fighters it said were involved in Friday's killings in Dhaka's diplomatic zone, most of the victims from Italy, Japan, India and the United States."Let the people of the crusader countries know that there ...

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Indian PM Modi to fill cabinet vacancies Tuesday NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will "expand" his cabinet on Tuesday, a government spokesman said, largely filling up vacancies caused by ministers resigning or moving to other roles.The spokesman didn't give details, but sources in the government and the ruling party have told Reuters that major changes are unlikely.Modi is widely expected to choose some of his team from the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh where elections will be held early next ...