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Top Japanese Official Urges Elderly to 'Hurry Up and Die'
TOKYO – Taro Aso has never been one to hold his tongue. But Japan’s 72 year-old deputy prime minister may have outdone himself with his latest gaffe. At a government panel to discuss social security reforms, the former prime minister called the elderly who are...
Saudi King showered Obamas and other officials with lavish gifts in 2009
ABC's Kirit Radia reports: During her husband’s first year in office, First Lady Michelle Obama received a large number of gifts from foreign dignitaries, but perhaps none are more impressive than the ones she got from Saudi King Abdullah. Unfortunately...
Japan's Ruling Party Swept From Power in Historic Election
Liberal Party Ousted in Election That Could Test Relations With U.S. and Europe
'The Situation is Getting Severe'
Your quotes of today: "The situation is getting severe." - Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, responding to news of a 15.2 percent plunge in his country's first-quarter GDP, the worst figure since Japan began keeping such records more than five...
First 100 Days: A Look at President Obama By the Numbers
Two Oaths of Office, Nine Countries, 19 Executive Orders, and One Portuguese Water Dog Later, A Look Into Obama's Presidency
Japanese leader plans $150B in stimulus spending
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso unveiled a new stimulus package Friday, calling for 15 trillion yen ($150 billion) in government spending to lift the world's second-largest economy from a painful recession. The package, equivalent to about 3% of Japan's gross domestic product, is intended to ward
China 'worried' about U.S. Treasury holdings
China's premier expressed concern Friday about its massive holdings of Treasuries and other U.S. debt, appealing to Washington to safeguard their value, and said Beijing is ready to expand its stimulus if the economy worsens. Premier Wen Jiabao noted that Beijing is the biggest foreign creditor to
Global stock rally continues ahead of G-20 summit
The rally in world stock markets continued Friday as confidence remained buoyed by some signs of a stabilization in U.S. consumer spending and hopes of fresh stimulus packages in China and Japan. Positive comments from Bank of America Corp.'s chief executive Ken Lewis also helped sustain the market
Japan finance chief quits over alleged drunkenness
Japan's finance minister abruptly resigned Tuesday over allegations he made a drunken appearance at a G-7 news conference, shaking Prime Minister Taro Aso's already deeply unpopular government. The resignation was a huge embarrassment for Aso — who has been in office only since late September — and