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Justin Bieber says sorry after Japan war shrine trip

Justin Bieber said sorry and insisted he loved Japan and China after he stepped into a bitter fight over history by visiting a controversial war shrine in Tokyo. The troubled Canadian pop prince posted a snap of him at Yasakuni shrine on his Instagram account -- tweeting the link to his 51 million Twitter followers -- with the message "Thank you for your blessings". The shrine is seen across Asia as a symbol of Japan's perceived lack of penitence for its imperialist past.

Mumbai slum-dwellers wary of India election promises

After four decades in the same Mumbai slum, Vimal Gaikwad is well used to politicians' tall promises at election time, when the city's millions of shanty dwellers become sought-after voters. "The candidates just promise and say they will help, and then they do nothing," said the 60-year-old grandmother, perched on the steps of her green-painted, tin-roofed home in the northeastern Bhim Nagar neighbourhood.

El Salvador church leaders call for new gang truce

By Nelson Renteria SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Church leaders in El Salvador on Tuesday said they want to revive a fragile truce between the country's powerful street gangs in order to curb a resurgence of violent crime. Catholic Bishop Fabio Colindres, who helped broker a 2012 deal between gang leaders, proposed that religious leaders establish new talks with gang leaders.

Bahrain sentences 12 people for life for spying, Iran links

MANAMA (Reuters) - A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defense lawyer and rights activist said on Tuesday. Bahrain accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fuelling unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty.

Missouri mayor quits after anti-Semitic remarks tied to Kansas killings

By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - The mayor of a southwestern Missouri town resigned on Tuesday in the wake of community anger over anti-Semitic comments he made in reference to recent killings at two Jewish community facilities in Kansas. Dan Clevenger submitted a hand-written, one-sentence letter of resignation as mayor of Marionville, Missouri, a town of 2,225 people about 240 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

By Dan Williams and Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians. Israel's Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some two percent of the Jewish state's eight million people, and the expected number of conscripts - now about 100 - will rise in coming months, a senior military officer said.

Man United act to halt slide as power shifts back to Liverpool

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - The balance of power in English soccer has shifted from one famous U.S.-owned club to another, with Liverpool on course to win the league for the first time in 24 years while rivals Manchester United are in disarray and seeking a new manager. The Glazer family who own United showed their ruthless streak on Tuesday when they sacked manager David Moyes after less than one season in the job.

Crimea Tatars say leader banned by Russia from returning

By Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - Crimea's Tatar community assembly accused Russia on Tuesday of barring its leading political figure from returning to the peninsula following its annexation by Moscow. However, Russian officials declined comment and it was unclear whether Moscow had taken issued the banning order.

Most wanted Indonesia militant in new call to kill police

Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, Santoso, has issued a new call for attacks on anti-terror police, whom he accused of being Australian and US agents, a monitoring group said Tuesday. Santoso, also known as Abu Wardah, who heads a group called the East Indonesia Mujahedeen from the mountains of Central Sulawesi, urged followers to show no mercy against elite counter-terror unit Detachment 88, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said.

UK's anti-EU party launches European election campaign amid racism row

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - UKIP, Britain's anti-EU party, launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday, fending off accusations from rival lawmakers that its pre-election posters were racist. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in the May 22 election but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright.
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