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FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Japanese Foreign Minister …

(AP) - FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. A Japanese Cabinet minister says the country will have a new prime minister by earl...

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Honour guards wait in line for Philippine President Benigno …

(Reuters) - Honour guards wait in line for Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and the arrival of the the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) at a Pier in Manila August 23, 2011. The Philippine Navy intends to use the multi-mission vessel for operations...

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Workers unload a sack of rice to be placed into a truck inside …

(Reuters) - Workers unload a sack of rice to be placed into a truck inside the harbor centre in Manila August 23, 2011. Around 14,000 tonnes of milled rice have arrived from Vietnam on Thursday, part of the 200,000-tonne volume the Philippines' Nat...

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This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at 2:00 …

(AP) - This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 at 2:00 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Irene as it spins north of Hispaniola while lashing the island with fierce wind and torrential rain. The hurricane will strengthen into a Category 3 storm l...

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Workers unload a sack of rice to a truck inside the harbor centre …

(Reuters) - Workers unload a sack of rice to a truck inside the harbor centre in Manila August 23, 2011. Around 14,000 tonnes of milled rice have arrived from Vietnam on Thursday, part of the 200,000-tonne volume the Philippines' National Food Auth...

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III disembarks from the …

(Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III disembarks from the BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15) after touring the ship docked at a Pier in Manila August 23, 2011. The Philippine Navy intends to use the multi-mission vessel for operations such as...

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In this picture taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Palestinians shop …

(AP) - In this picture taken Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 Palestinians shop at the new al-Andulusia mall in Gaza City. An abrupt flurry of construction is suddenly allowing a tiny middle class to flaunt its wealth in the impoverished Gaza Strip, fueling perh...

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A member of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launches a hand-held …

(AP) - A member of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force launches a hand-held anti-tank rocket during the annual live-firing exercise at the Higashi Fuji training range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-il receives a painting during a …

(Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il receives a painting during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival in Novobureyskaya, Amur province, August 21, 2011. Kim has arrived in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude, where he is expected to meet Russian Presi...

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Park Geun-hye, a lawmaker and former chairwoman of South Korea's …

(Reuters) - Park Geun-hye, a lawmaker and former chairwoman of South Korea's Grand National Party (GNP), attends the parliamentary Strategy and Finance Committee session at the National Assembly in Seoul, in this April 20, 2011 file picture. REUTER...

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