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Japan foreign minister decides to quit: Kyodo

TOKYO: Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, often cited as a possible new leader if Japan’s unpopular prime minister steps down, has decided to resign after criticism for accepting political donations from a foreign national, Kyodo news agency and other media reported Sunday.

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Pak court adjourns trial of 26/11 suspects till March 19

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court Saturday adjourned till March 19 the trial of LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects charged with involvement in the Mumbai attacks after prosecution lawyers boycotted proceedings when they were not allowed to take their security details into the makeshift courtroom in a heavily guarded prison.

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Libya asks UN to suspend sanctions; appoints new envoy

UNITED NATIONS: Libya’s Gaddafi regime has asked the UNSC to suspend sanctions imposed on it over the brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters, as it sacked two of its diplomats at the world body who had renounced its leadership and appointed an ex-foreign minister as its new envoy here.

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Blasphemy accused killed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A man who was accused of blasphemy was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on the outskirts of the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi, two days after Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti was killed by militants for opposing the controversial blasphemy law.

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PPP leadership under pressure to revisit ‘go soft’ policy

LAHORE: Pakistan’s ruling PPP leadership is facing increasing pressure from within its ranks to “revisit its policy of going soft on religious extremists” after the killing of minority affairs minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian member of the Cabinet who was a vocal critic of the controversial blasphemy law.

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