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Trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi on Monday offered her resignation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, domestic media said, over allegations that her support groups misused political funds.

Abe accepted the resignation, media said.

Obuchi, 40, the daughter of a prime minister, was one of five women appointed by Abe…

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The Japanese government is planning to send a delegation to North Korea to obtain information on the fate of Japanese abductees.

Although relatives of Japanese abductees oppose the trip, the government said a fact-finding mission will help speed up Pyongyang's only investigation into the abductions.

North Korea had told Japan…

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Nigerian military and intelligence officials raised doubts on Sunday about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

The chief of defense staff and a senior presidential aide announced on Friday that agreement had been reached to end hostilities…

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Nine people were killed Sunday in new violence in Benghazi where pro-government forces have launched an offensive against Islamist militias, raising the toll to 75 dead in five days, medics said.

In the latest violence a woman was killed in a bomb attack that targeted the vacant house of former…

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American actor Dwayne Johnson, left, pretends to fight Japanese professional wrestler Keiji Muto, right, prior to the Japan premiere of his movie "Hercules" in Tokyo on Sunday night. The film opens in Japan on Friday.

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The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared.…

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The fiercest fighting in days shook the Syrian border town of Kobani Sunday as Islamic State fighters attacked Kurdish defenders with mortars and car bombs, sources in the town and a monitoring group said.

Islamic State, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, fired 44 mortars at Kurdish parts of…

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A San Francisco Giants dynasty seeking its third crown in five seasons faces a team of destiny in the Kansas City Royals when he 110th World Series begins Tuesday.

The Royals, who host the first two games of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final, snapped a 29-year playoff drought this season…

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Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry.

The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields that eclipse the bulk of the country's rice plots.

And Yokota doesn't fear opening up to foreign competition…

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A San Francisco Giants dynasty seeking its third crown in five seasons faces a team of destiny in the Kansas City Royals when he 110th World Series begins Tuesday.

The Royals, who host the first two games of Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final, snapped a 29-year playoff drought this season…

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