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Japanese PM Dissolves Lower House of Parliament

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament in preparation for a snap election expected on December 14. Friday's action is seen as an attempt to strengthen support for Abe's government, after the country surprisingly slipped into a recession at the end of the third quarter. As a result of the bad economy, Abe postponed an unpopular 10 percent sales tax hike until next October. The Japanese leader has pledged to resign if his party loses its...

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