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No deal for Japan PM on Afghan mission

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda and the leader of Japan’s main opposition party failed at a meeting on Tuesday to break a stalemate over a naval mission backing U.S.-led Afghan operations, but they agreed to meet again. Fukuda is struggling against a newly confident opposition to enact a bill to enable Japan’s navy to keep providing fuel for U.S. and other ships patrolling the Indian Ocean for drug runners, gun smugglers and terrorists — a role Washington says is vital for Tokyo to play in the battle against terrorism. Full Story

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