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Tokyo: At least 39 people were injured after a 6.7-magnitude quake on the Richter scale hit Japan, media reported Sunday.

The quake hit Nagano City and Hakuba village in Japan, where at least 10 homes collapsed late Saturday, Xinhua reported.

More than 80 people spent the night in an evacuation shelter, following the 6.7-magnitude quake that struck the region at 10:08 p.m. local time Saturday.

The quake was revised to 6.7-magnitude from 6.8, according to the Japan's Meteorological Agency.

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Manama: Bahrain registered 51.5 percent turnout in the parliamentary and municipal elections Saturday, notwithstanding the opposition's call to boycott the elections.

"The turnout today was 51.5 percent compared to the 67.7 per cent in the 2010 elections," said Bahrain's Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, Xinhua reported.

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Washington: As President Barack Obama campaigned to sell his immigration plan to shield up to five million people from deportation and retain high-skilled immigrants, largely from India and China, analysts called it a mixed bag.

Obama's plan, according to the White House, "focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes".

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UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric speaking to reporters.

United Nations: An agreement has been reached between Israel, Palestine and the United Nations (UN) under which nearly 25,000 homeowners in Gaza can access materials to repair their damaged homes starting next week.

This was announced Friday, by the UN special coordinator for the Middle East, Robert Serry, according to a Xinhua report.

The homes were damaged in the recent 51-day conflict in Gaza.

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Islamabad: US President Barack Obama spoke to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over telephone Friday and urged him to take up the Kashmir issue with India.

Sharif said an early resolution of the Kashmir issue would bring enduring peace, stability and economic cooperation to the south Asian region, Dawn online reported.

Sharif apprised Obama of Pakistan's relations with India and referred to his visit to India earlier this year, which was aimed at taking the Pakistan-India relations forward.

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New York: A Mali-returned patient who underwent tests at a hospital here after showing symptoms of the Ebola virus has tested negative for the disease, authorities said.

The patient, who has not been publicly identified, remains quarantined in New York's Bellevue Hospital, according to the health department.

Authorities had said Thursday that tests were being conducted to determine if the patient has Ebola.

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Washington: Asserting his presidential authority, a defiant President Barack Obama resorted to unilateral executive action to fix America's broken immigration system and protect five million illegal immigrants, including thousands from India, from deportation.

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New York: Describing the composition of an unreformed UN Security Council as "anachronistic", India has said the legitimacy of the United Nations itself will be at stake if its most powerful body is not representative of the international community.

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Islamabad: India has not offered any bulletproof car to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, to be held in Nepal Nov 26-27, according to a Pakistani official.

According to a media report Nov 17, a Nepalese official had said that Sharif rejected the use of a bulletproof car provided by India for the Saarc summit in Kathmandu.

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Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday signed the proclamation declaring the presidential election next year, the president's office said.

The president, who took power in 2005, is seeking a third term in office, two years ahead of completing his second term.

Cabinet spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Rajapaksa had been nominated by the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), according to Xinhua.

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