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BEIJING - However ploddingly China's new leaders might like

to reform the world's second-largest economy and the way they

govern, pressures set to build over the next decade will likely

force great change upon them.

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GAZA - Egypt's prime minister prepared to visit the Gaza

Strip on Friday in an unprecedented display of solidarity with

Hamas militants embroiled in a new escalation of conflict with

Israel that risks spiralling into all-out war.

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TOKYO - Japan is set to dissolve parliament's lower house on

Friday for a Dec. 16 election that is likely to return the

long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power with a

conservative former prime minister at the helm.

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NAYPYITAW - Aung Thaw was a teenager when he joined

Myanmar's armed forces, which seized power in 1962 and led a

promising Asian nation into half a century of poverty, isolation

and fear.

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RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - What have Demi Moore, Bruce Willis,

underage drinking and Pakistan's only beer maker got in common?

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WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama and congressional

leaders prepared for budget and tax talks on Friday aimed at

preventing the U.S. economy from falling back into recession, a

top Republican vowed to overhaul the U.S. tax code next year.

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WASHINGTON - Classified material kept by the woman who

conducted an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus

predates their liaison and does not come from the spy agency,

sources briefed on the investigation told Reuters on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON - Intelligence officials on Thursday showed

lawmakers a real-time film of the deadly attack on the U.S.

diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and discussed a timeline

of events in sometimes heated exchanges at a closed-door

hearing, lawmakers said.

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PARIS - France will discuss supplying arms to Syrian

opposition forces with its European partners in the coming weeks

now that an opposition coalition has been established, Foreign

Minister Laurent Fabius said on Thursday.

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BRUSSELS/BERLIN - The euro zone debt crisis dragged the bloc

into its second recession since 2009 in the third quarter

despite modest growth in Germany and France, data showed on


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MOSCOW/WASHINGTON - Russia warned the United States on

Thursday to expect a tough response if the U.S. Congress passes

"unfriendly and provocative" legislation designed to punish

Russian officials for human rights violations.

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SYDNEY - Australia's first outbreak of a highly pathogenic

bird flu virus in 15 years should be contained by a cull of

50,000 chickens, authorities said on Friday, although they do

not know what caused the case at an egg farm in New South Wales


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