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Tsipras seeks to strengthen his mandate

September 20, 2015 - GREECE

Embattled Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to try to shore up his position by going to the polls. Hardliners from the governing left-wing Syriza party, angry at Tsipras’ acceptance of the latest bailout package from Europe, have said they will break away and form a new party.

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Liberal Democratic Party holds uncontested leadership vote

September 20, 2015 - JAPAN

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe looks set to win the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election. No rival is standing despite polls showing support for the PM at its lowest since his return to office in 2012. A key reason behind the wane in popularity is Abe’s proposal of two controversial national security bills that could effectively end Japan’s pacifist era.

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Hajj authorities trim pilgrim numbers again

September 20, 2015 - SAUDI ARABIA

Concerns about contagion and terrorism could shrink the annual hajj at Islam’s holiest shrine, Mecca, for a third consecutive year. To combat the twin threats, as in 2013 and 2014, Saudi Arabia is restricting the number of pilgrims who can participate in the 5-day ritual.

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Beatles recording contract goes to auction

September 19, 2015 - UNITED STATES

The first recording contract signed by the Beatles goes under the hammer in New York as part of a collection of Fab Four memorabilia. The 1961 document, signed by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best, is expected to fetch US $150,000.

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Bids due for Games of the XXXIII Olympiad

September 15, 2015 - SWITZERLAND

Aspiring hosts have until Sep 15 to submit their bid for the 2024 Summer Games to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, and Paris appears to be girding for another attempt to snare the honours.

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