TOKYO (Reuters) – A delay in Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife moving into their official residence, the site of past assassinations, has revived talk of ghosts in the corridors, prompting the government to deny any knowledge of hauntings. Abe has not moved into the prime minister’s official residence for five months since he took power. Asked by an opposition lawmaker about the reported hauntings, the government issued a formal statement on Friday saying it was not aware of ghost sightings, Asahi newspaper and other media reported. …
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By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European leaders have decided youth unemployment and the risk of social breakdown are among the toughest challenges they face and finding solutions will be a top priority for the coming months. In a letter released late on Friday, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said youth unemployment was one of the most pressing issues for the 27-member European Union. …
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — At least 50 gay rights activists have marched peacefully in the country's first gay rally despite a court ban and attempts to disrupt the event.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day.
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LONDON (AP) — Counterterrorism police are questioning a friend of Michael Adebolajo, one of two men suspected of the savage killing of a British soldier.
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A would-be suicide bomber died when his explosives-rigged vest went off prematurely in Afghanistan’s capital on Saturday morning, police said. The apparent failed attack came a day after a major Taliban assault on an international compound in Kabul left 10 people dead including the six attackers.
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Dozens of African leaders are meeting in the Ethiopian capital to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters.
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MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Police in the southern Russian region of Dagestan say a female suicide bomber has injured at least 11 police officers and civilians.
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SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s King Abdullah II says extremism has “grown fat” off of the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Artists and activists have handed out 10,000 pink balloons to residents in Afghanistan’s war-weary capital, bringing smiles to surprised Kabul residents a day after a major Taliban siege on an international compound in the city.
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