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Yoshitaka Shindo Japanese Internal Affairs and Communication Minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the Yasukuni war shrine in the nation’s capital, Tokyo, yesterday. Shindo said he made the visit to pray for Japanese soldiers who died in the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. ...

A Pakistani court yesterday threw out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, in a case that highlighted endemic flaws in the country’s legal system and provoked widespread ridicule. ...

Hamid Aboutalebi  TEHRAN — The spokesman for Iran’s mission to the UN said the US decision to deny a visa for an Iranian newly-proposed ambassador to the UN is “regrettable,” local media reported yesterday. ...

Oscar Pistorius PRETORIA – Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did not look for his girl friend Reeva Stenkamp before shooting four bullets through a locked toilet door, where he thought there was an intruder in his house, the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday. ...

Ian Khama The Botswana Federation of Public Sector Unions (BOFEPUSU) on Friday approached the High Court seeking an order barring President Ian Khama from making pronouncements on public service salary negotiations. According to court papers, the BOFEPUSU applied for an order barring Khama ...

Sydney – A tropical cyclone battered Australia’s Barrier Reef coast yesterday, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people and threatening floods, despite weakening as it headed south towards major tourist resorts. ...

One of the most fascinating elements of Switzerland’s success is its determination to remain neutral under unimaginable pressure to pick sides. The country has not declared a state of war since 1847 (it never entered the World Wars or the Iraq war) and opted out of joining the European Union. They didn’t even join the United Nations until 2002 and that was...

Is being an entrepreneur in your DNA, or can it be taught? A new study from Babson College finds the evidence is “overwhelming” that if business students take at least two core entrepreneurship classes, that can “positively influence” them to go on to start up a business. Are Entrepreneurs Born or Taught?   Professors at the Wellesley, Massachusetts-based...

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of Egyptians packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday, keeping up pressure on the ruling generals to implement reforms more swiftly and to try ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his aides. But the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most organised group, said it was not participating and said the authorities must have time to respond...

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery exchanges between the communist neighbors over disputed areas of the South China Sea. U.S. and Vietnamese officials have stressed that the seven-day ship visit and naval training are part of routine exchanges...