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  • Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stands still as Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, second left, and Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, right, raise hands and shout banzai, or long live, after he dissolved the lower house of parliament in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan P.M. dissolves parliament; vote set for Dec 16

    Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament Friday, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japan's myriad problems.

  • A protester demonstrating against Japan's claim to disputed islands holds a picture of the rocky islands, known as Senkaku to Japanese and Diaoyu to Chinese, on Sept. 11, 2012 in front of a Chinese national flag during a rally outside the Japanese Consulate General in Hong Kong. The sign reads "Diaoyu belongs to China." (Associated Press)

    China sends patrol ships to islands held by Japan

    A territorial flare-up between China and Japan intensified Tuesday as two Beijing-sent patrol ships arrived near disputed East China Sea islands in a show of anger over Tokyo's purchase of the largely barren outcroppings from their private owners.

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