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Japan’s Ruling Party Falls in Polls

Japan will hold elections this weekend. Economic conditions, including unemployment which is at a 60 year high, have damaged the popularity of Japan’s ruling party- the Liberal Democratic Party. Polls favor the Democratic Party of Japan which is more environmentally friendly and less responsive to business needs than the LDP, New York Times.

In what was said to have  been a heated discussion just a day after the Afghan election last week, U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke brought up the question of ballot-stuffing and fraud with current president Hamid Karzai. Karzai is leading with 17% of the ballots counted. If Karzai does not receive more than 50% of the vote, a run-off election will be held. Holbrooke said that a run-off would help to legitimize the election. Final results are expected to be in by September 17, Times Online.

North and South Korea will restart family reunions of families who were separated when Korea was split at the 38th parallel in 1953, Yonhap.

A 13-year-old Dutch girl, Laura Dekker, who wants to sail around the world solo has been placed in temporary custody as a ward of the state until the court makes its final decision as to whether she will be allowed to go, Voice of America.

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Iran Dismisses Charge of Foreign Agent Involvement in Protests

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, now says that he does not think foreign agents played any role in fomenting the protests that followed the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, Guardian.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wrapped up his 4-day European tour today with a visit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel where he asked for help in pressuring Iran to end its nuclear program, Reuters.

Over the objections of China, the Dalai Lama has been issued a visa to go to Taiwan to comfort victims of the recent typhoon. The Buddhist leader had been denied entry to the country last year, BBC News.

Amnesty International is calling for a panel to investigate the violence in East Timor by the Indonesian troops and militia that killed up to 100,000 people a decade ago, Jakarta Post.

U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Sen. Edward Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, Associated Press.

A 17-year-old, Mike Perham, from England has circumnavigated the globe solo becoming the youngest person to do so. In the Netherlands, a 13-year-old girl, Laura Dekker, is bidding to smash the new record but is engaged in a court battle with welfare services as to whether she is allowed to sail by herself and miss two years of school, CNN.

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