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Japan PM urges China co-operation
30 Dec 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Japan's Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, has called for increased co-operation with China in the future, at the end of a four-day trip to the country. Mr Fukuda said the neighbours could do more for the world by co-operating than each would achieve single-handedly. Despite the remarks, earlier talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, and President Hu Jintao did not resolve a dispute over maritime gas fields. Mr Fukuda's visit to China was his first since taking office in September. C ...


Brown sees financial turbulence ahead
30 Dec 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Sunday his 2008 priority would be dealing with the global credit crunch and steering a stable course through the financial turbulence. "The global credit problem that started in America is now the most immediate challenge for every economy and addressing it the most immediate priority," he said in a New Year's message setting o ...


Doubts remain after Japan PM visits China
30 Dec 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Teruaki Ueno QUFU, China (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda concluded a feel-good visit to China on Sunday with a stop at the birthplace of Confucius, but the outlook for better relations could be dampened by his dwindling domestic clout. Fukuda, whose father clinched a landmark peace treaty with Beijing as prime minister in 1978, received red-carpet hospitality from Chinese leade ...


North Korea set to start 2008 with missed nuclear date
30 Dec 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea appears almost certain to miss a deadline in a nuclear deal, a development that is unlikely to scuttle the disarmament-for-aid pact it reached with regional powers but could hamper its implementation. Pyongyang has met one part of the deal by starting to take apart its Soviet-era nuclear facility that produces arms-grade plutonium, but is unlikely to ...


Tight election puts Kenyans on edge
30 Dec 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By C. Bryson Hull and Tim Cocks NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyans waited for the result of their closest ever presidential election on Sunday, fearing more unrest after a chaotic vote count marred by widespread ethnic violence over accusations of rigging. Several people were killed in tribal disturbances on Saturday across the east African nation, usually seen as an island of relative stability in a vol ...


Universities warn of higher fees
30 Dec 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Thousands of students will face increased tuition fees of more than £7,000 a year as a result of funding cuts, universities have warned. They say cuts of £100m a year for second degrees and lower level, shorter courses mean institutions have no option but to charge students more. Ministers ordered the funding to be redirected to provide an additional 20,000 places for undergraduates. They say funding first degrees is "a higher priority" than second degrees. Financial burden The c ...


Football: Arsenal top league
30 Dec 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Eduardo da Silva's first Premier League goals helped Arsenal beat Everton and ensured they leapfrogged Manchester United at the top of the table. Arsenal had to come from behind after Tim Cahill poked in on 19 minutes but Eduardo levelled after the break and coolly slotted another on 58 minutes. Nicklas Bendtner was then sent off but Emmanuel Adebayor hit a third after a mix-up in Everton's defence. Mikel Arteta saw red after an elbow before Tomas Rosicky scored late on. Inte ...


Iraq on Saddam anniversary alert
30 Dec 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Security forces in Iraq have been placed on alert on the first anniversary of the execution of former President Saddam Hussein. His supporters are expected to gather at his power base in the city of Tikrit, and at his grave nearby. Saddam was hanged after being convicted of the killings of nearly 150 Shia Muslims in Dujail in the 1980s. He was taunted by his executioners shortly before his death, conduct which embarrassed the Iraqi government. Scenes from the execution were captured on mob ...


Inquiry after officers shoot man
30 Dec 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The police watchdog is investigating the shooting of a man by firearms officers in a village in Kent. Marksmen went to Tumblefield Road, Stansted, near Sevenoaks, on Saturday morning after reports of an armed man making threats. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to examine what happened after police were called. It said a weapon was found at the scene of the shooting. The dead man was not from the local area, Kent Police added. IPCC commissioner David Petch extended his  ...


Web tributes to boy killed by dog
30 Dec 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Dozens of internet tributes have been posted after a one-year-old boy was mauled to death by a family dog. Archie-Lee Andrew Hirst was killed by the rottweiler at his grandparent's home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Shocked friends have left tributes to Archie-Lee on social networking site Bebo on a page set up by his mother Becki Hirst, who has turned 18. Police have praised the boy's 16-year-old aunt who tried to fight off the dog as it savaged Archie-Lee. The teenage aunt had been looking ...


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