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Tanzania Awaits Tense Presidential Poll Result

Tanzania's ruling party presidential candidate took an early lead Tuesday as election officials counted votes for a second day, while several key ministers lost their seats.

The polls are expected to be Tanzania's tightest election race ever, with the governing party facing the first major challenge to its dominance in decades.

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Tokyo Overturns Okinawa's Ban on U.S. Base Relocation Work

The Japanese government Tuesday overturned a move by Okinawa's governor to stop work on a U.S. base relocation site, marking the latest fight in a long-running battle over the controversial project.

The proposal to move the Futenma air base, first mooted in 1996, has become the focus of anger among locals, who insist it should be shut and a replacement built elsewhere in Japan or overseas.

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Japan Says Summit with South Korea 'Not Set'

Tokyo on Tuesday said a long-awaited summit with Seoul was not yet confirmed, as media reports said behind-the-scenes bickering over Japan's wartime sex slavery was a key sticking point.

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S. Korea's Park Vows to Strengthen Defense against North

President Park Geun-Hye vowed Tuesday to strengthen South Korea's defense capabilities -- backed by a defense budget hike -- to guard against future provocations from North Korea.

At the same time, she said Seoul would try and work with Pyongyang to increase the frequency of family reunions for those separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

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Catalan Parliament Opens with Pro-Independence Majority

The Catalan regional assembly opened a new session Monday dominated for the first time by a secessionist majority that has vowed to break away from Spain within 18 months.

"We represent a sovereign parliament which wants to represent a free people. We are transitioning from a regional parliament with limited powers to a national parliament with full capabilities," said Carme Forcadell, the parliament's new president.

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Obama Traveling to Turkey, Philippines, Malaysia

President Barack Obama will travel to Turkey for a G20 summit, followed by stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for meetings with world leaders next month, the White House said Monday.

At the G20 summit, leaders from the world's major economies are due to give final approval to a new plan to crack down on tax evasion by multinational corporations that costs countries at least $100 billion a year.

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100 Unhurt in S. Africa after Jet Landing Gear Collapse

Part of the landing gear of a British Airways Boeing 737-400 with 100 people on board collapsed shortly after the jet touched down at Johannesburg on Monday after a local flight, the aircraft's operators said.

All passengers and crew escaped unhurt, they said.

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Bushes Struggle to Pull Jeb's Campaign Off Ropes

Jeb Bush appeared destined to waltz to the 2016 Republican nomination, but his presidential bid has been upended to the point that even his cherished family pedigree might not be enough to salvage his flagging campaign.

Trailing badly in the polls, reportedly slashing campaign payroll by 40 percent and scaling back on travel costs, Bush is now one of many middle-of-the-pack candidates in a wide GOP field, rather than the man Republicans would naturally gravitate to as they seek to win back the White House.

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Iran Steps Up Engagement on U.N. Rights Concerns

In a shift, Iran is opening up to talks on its draconian use of the death penalty and other critical human rights issues, the U.N. rights expert said Monday.

But beyond a willingness to discuss U.N. grievances, Iran has yet to take concrete steps to improve its rights record, Ahmed Shaheed told reporters.

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OSCE Says Ukraine Vote 'Democratic' as Rebels Expel Truce Monitors

International monitors Monday called Ukraine's weekend local elections "well organized" and "democratic" but urged its pro-Western leadership to do more against political meddling by oligarchs in the war-scarred state.

President Petro Poroshenko's fragile ruling coalition faced a test of its unpopular anti-austerity measures and stuttering anti-corruption drive in mayoral and local legislature races held Sunday in areas administered by Kiev. 

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