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World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM

Japan PM to call snap election after post defeat - NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will call a snap election, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday after parliament's upper house rejected bills to privatise the postal system -- the core of his reform agenda.

World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM

Japan PM faces postal showdown, may call election

TOKYO (Reuters) - Expectations were mounting that bills to privatise Japan's vast postal system would be defeated in parliament on Monday, prompting Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to call an election that his divided party could lose.

World 08 Aug 2005 | 12:00 AM

Japan PM calls election after postal defeat

TOKYO (Reuters) - In the biggest gamble of his three-decade political career, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi called a September election for parliament's powerful lower house on Monday in hopes of a new mandate for reform.

Lifestyle 12 Dec 2004 | 12:00 AM

Teaching the kids kung fu

It promises to make you as 'soft as silk', and as 'light as a swallow', yet as 'hard as metal'. Extravagant claims, indeed ? but proponents of I>tong qi gong/I>, or 'kids' kung fu', swear by this unique martial art style.

Other Sport 08 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

FIFA loophole earns Sakho a call-up

Leeds United's on-loan former French Under-21 international midfielder Lamine Sakho was a surprise inclusion in 2002 African Nations Cup finalists Senegal's squad for this month's renewal on Tuesday.

Lifestyle 11 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Is this the enemy's bait?

Compiled by SHARIL DEWA

Business 10 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

P&O Princess crowns £3.3bil marriage with Carnival

Britain#8217;s PO Princess Cruises Plc has formally backed a £3.3bil merger with sector leader Carnival after it broke ties with former merger partner Royal Caribbean last week.