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Japanese PM’s shrine offering stokes tensions with South Korea, China

Shinzo Abe’s offering was sent just before U.S. President Barack Obama begins a three-day visit to Japan

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Coalition keen to sell ‘budget repair job’ as focus shifts to Western Australia

Despite agreeing to big ticket budget items of the NDIS and Gonski reforms, the Coalition says it is working towards curtailing spending to ensure a sustainable budget is delivered in MayFinance minister Mathias Cormann is pointing to efforts to curtail spending as the government intensifies its May budget preparations arguing that outlays for signature programs like the National Disability Insurance Scheme must be efficient and well targeted.With national politics about to shift west for the next few days in the lead-up to the critical senate by-election in Western Australia next weekend, both the prime minister and the finance minister were talking up budget sustainability on Sunday.

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Workers fear for the future in Ukraine’s heavily industrialised east

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Donbass’s miners and factory workers are justifiably concerned what the geopolitical tug of war means for themStanding outside Donetsk’s coal mine, Igor Yefremov mused over the future of Ukraine’s heavy industry. “If we join the European Union our mines and factories will shut down,” he said. “Already the orders from Russia are drying up. Russia doesn’t want us because of the chaos in Kiev.”Yefremov was waiting to meet his brother-in-law, who was working on the early shift at the city centre mine. Above ground, the scene was tranquil. Off-duty workers sat on benches in a small, sunny rose garden, dwarfed by two giant pit frames.

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Dozens Are Killed in Syrian Violence, Even Amid Preparations for Peace Talks

At least 25 people were killed in Aleppo, antigovernment activists reported, while a suicide car bombing killed at least 10 people in the central province of Homs.

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Video: Times Minute | South Africa Reacts

In the Minute, reactions from the streets of South Africa to world leaders and funeral preparations after the news of Nelson Mandela’s death.

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Philippine rescuers race to help typhoon-hit towns after deadly Utor

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Philippine rescuers searched isolated towns devastated by deadly Typhoon Utor as barefoot children stood among ruined homes, but early preparations appeared to have avoided mass casualties. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Bangladesh court declares top Islamist party illegal

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Bangladesh’s main Islamist party was banned from contesting next year’s election when the high court ruled on Thursday that Jamaat-e-Islami’s charter breached the country’s secular constitution. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China leaders play safe on reforms as economic growth sags

<!– google_ad_section_start –> For all the strong rhetoric, China’s latest policy actions suggest a shift in focus on the economy to mix relatively pain-free reforms that burnish Beijing’s credentials for change with measures to prop up sagging growth. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Pyongyang honours ‘heroes’ of bloody Korean war 60 years on

<!– google_ad_section_start –> North Korean leader Kim Jong-un yesterday inaugurated a cemetery for heroes of the Korean war, watched by thousands of veterans and their families who gathered in Pyongyang for the 60th anniversary of the 1950-53 conflict. Kim, dressed in his usual black, high-collared suit and flanked by top military officials, cut a red ribbon and laid a wreath at the cemetery’s main monument – a giant stone rifle barrel with a fixed bayonet pointing to the sky. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Sick infant back in hospital care

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A seriously ill 10-month-old boy whose father had refused to return him to hospital for treatment on the weekend is in stable condition under the care of the Hospital Authority. His father was ordered in the Court of First Instance yesterday to return the child after he defied an earlier court order that allowed him to take his son home temporarily. “The baby is currently in stable condition and is receiving medical treatment,” said Dr Winnie Tse, chief of service at Queen Elizabeth Hospital paediatrics department, after the hearing. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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North Korea awards late leader new order ahead of anniversary

<!– google_ad_section_start –> North Korea has awarded late leader Kim Jong-Il a new medal, state media said Saturday, as Pyongyang gears up to mark 60 years since the Korean War ended. The presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, or parliament, passed the order on Kim – who died of a heart attack in December 2011 – on June 10, the official Korean Central News Agency reported. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Seoul, Tokyo move to mend strained ties

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French tycoon’s Bernard Tapie assets to be seized in fraud probe

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Judges have ordered a Mediterranean villa and other assets to be seized from a French businessman at the centre of a fraud investigation that could weigh on ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of a comeback. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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