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Algeria's Bouteflika wins 4th presidential term

Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose poor health forced him to vote from a wheelchair in Algeria's presidential election, has won a fourth term with 81.53 percent of the votes, the interior minister announced Friday. The 77-year-old incumbent's main rival, Ali Benflis, received 12.18 percent in an election which saw 51.78 percent of Algerians cast their ballots, Tayeb Belaiz told a news conference. abh-ao/sma/srm

Algeria's Bouteflika wins election with 81.53 pct - official results

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran who has been in power for 15 years, has won re-election with 81.53 percent of the vote, according to official preliminary election results issued on Friday. Bouteflika, 77, had been widely expected to win a fourth term, even though he appeared only rarely since a stroke last year. Opposition parties boycotted the vote or denounced Thursday's election as a fraud. (Reporting by Patrick Markey and Lamine Chikhi; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

Factbox: Algeria's Bouteflika, aging independence veteran, wins re-election

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won re-election for another five-year term with an officially tabulated 81.53 percent of the vote, despite suffering a stroke last year. He is seen by supporters as a symbol of stability after he helped to lead Algeria out of a civil war that lasted more than a decade. Here are some facts about Bouteflika.

Japan, U.S. to meet again on remaining TPP gaps on Mon. in Tokyo

Japan and the United States have moved closer on remaining gaps over a Pacific free trade pact and senior officials of both countries will meet again on Monday in Tokyo, a Japanese official said Friday. Japanese and U.S. trade officials involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership initiative agreed to hold what could be the last round before a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama in Tokyo on Thursday, hoping for a breakthrough to the market access impasse.

91% of respondents in S.E. Asia say Japan is "reliable friend": poll

More than 90 percent of online poll respondents in seven members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations believe Japan is a "reliable friend" to their countries, according to results released Friday by the Foreign Ministry. In the March online poll commissioned to research company Ipsos Hong Kong by the ministry, 91 percent of respondents said Japan is a reliable friend for the region and 94 percent said their countries have friendly relations with Japan.

IMF says Korean currency should be further appreciated

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean currency is undervalued in the range of 2 percent to 8 percent, the International Monetary Fund said in its latest report, encouraging further appreciation of the won over the medium term. The IMF report dated Thursday said the won remained moderately undervalued by as much as 8 percent, with the upper end of the range seeming more plausible given the current account surplus run.

Japan, U.S. still "in stalemate" on key TPP issues: Amari

Japan and the United States are still "in stalemate" over key items in protracted negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during a fresh round of ministerial talks, Japanese TPP minister Akira Amari said Thursday. Amari told reporters that he and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will meet again Friday in Washington, but there are "fairly big" gaps over thorny issues such as Japan's tariffs exceptions for some agricultural produce.

Global economy's focus shifting to raising economic growth: BOK head

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The focus of the global economy is shifting from coping with the financial crisis to boosting economic growth, South Korea's top central banker said Friday, describing the discussions at last week's G20 meeting. Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol said that participants at the G20 meeting called the shift "the great transition," adding that means to bolster the economic growth was the main agenda.

Global economy's focus shifting to raising economic growth: BOK head

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The focus of the global economy is shifting from coping with the financial crisis to boosting economic growth, South Korea's top central banker said Friday, describing the discussions at last week's G20 meeting. Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol said that participants at the G20 meeting called the shift "the great transition," adding that means to bolster the economic growth was the main agenda.

Six CF-18s headed to Europe to bolster NATO forces response to Ukraine

OTTAWA - Canada announced Thursday it will contribute six CF-18 jet fighters to a NATO air-policing mission in response to the crisis in Ukraine, just as top diplomats from the troubled east European country, the U.S. and Russia announced steps that could ease tensions. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the military contribution, which included the dispatch of up to 20 staff officers to bolster the Canadian presence at NATO headquarters. NATO requested Canadian participation, the prime minister said.
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