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Swedish King vows to keep supporting China-Sweden cooperation

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf said he valued Sino-Sweden relations highly, and would keep supporting bilateral cooperation when he accepted on Thursday credentials from the new Chinese Ambassador to Sweden. King Carl XVI Gustaf said he had visited China several times since the 1980s, when he was impressed by the "very industrious and creative" Chinese. He expressed his willingness to visit China again in future.

Japan emperor, empress attend banquet hosted by Indian president

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a banquet Monday night hosted by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at his official resident in New Delhi. In an address, the emperor touched on the couple's visit to the country 53 years ago and meetings with people who led the country from its independence days. "We felt a high ambition for nation building with pacifism in line with (Mahatma) Gandhi's thought as its ideal, and that impression is still engraved in us today," he said.

Japanese emperor's visit to India set to boost bilateral ties

The Japanese imperial couple's visit to India, set to begin Saturday, is a milestone in India's ties with Japan that will further boost bilateral relations, according to Indian officials and political observers. The weeklong visit, at the Indian government's invitation, will be the first by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the country since the emperor's ascension to the throne in 1989, and comes a year after Japan and India marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Spain's King Juan Carlos discharged after hip surgery

Spain's King Juan Carlos left hospital Monday, four days after surgeons replaced his left hip in the latest of a series of operations that have raised doubts over his future rule. The 75-year-old king, who has appeared in public this year on crutches and looking frail, waved at journalists from the front passenger seat as he was driven away in an official car from the private Quiron hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid.

Spain's troubled king gets new hip operation

Surgeons replaced Spain's King Juan Carlos's left hip for the third time on Thursday, the latest in a string of operations that have raised questions about the future of his reign. The 75-year-old king, who has appeared in public on crutches and looking frail this year, could be walking again unaided in no more than three months, surgeons said. Visiting doctors from a US clinic fitted a permanent prosthesis in a two-and-a-half hour follow-up operation to replace a temporary one that was implanted on September 24 after the previous joint got infected.

Spain's troubled king gets new hip operation

Spain's King Juan Carlos went into surgery for a hip replacement on Thursday, the latest in a string of operations that have raised questions about the future of his reign. The 75-year-old monarch waved from the window of the car as he was driven up to Quiron University Hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid, and joked with waiting reporters about the cold weather. Surgeons were due to fit a permanent prosthesis for his left hip, replacing a temporary implant they put in on September 24.

Spain's king arrives at hospital for new operation

Spain's King Juan Carlos arrived at hospital on Thursday for a hip replacement, the latest in a string of operations that have raised questions about the future of his reign. The 75-year-old monarch waved from the window of the car as he was driven up to Quiron University Hospital in the western suburbs of Madrid, and joked with waiting reporters, saying they were "prepared" to wait in the cold weather.

Federal workers rewarded with spa visits, jewelry, iPods, gift cards

OTTAWA - Gold necklaces, hockey tickets, camcorders, iPods, spa visits — even a gift card to the liquor store. This is some of the half-million dollars of booty that one federal department handed out to favoured workers in the last five years. The Treasury Board Secretariat, with about 1,900 employees, now spends well over $100,000 each year on rewards for staff. The annual value has quadrupled since 2006, when the Conservative government first came to power.

Japan's emperor breaks with centuries-old burial tradition

Japan's Emperor Akihito will break with a centuries-old burial tradition by opting to be cremated like most ordinary citizens in the densely-populated nation, officials said Friday. That would mark the first time in almost four hundred years that a Japanese emperor has not been buried, according to the Imperial Household Agency. It added that the 79-year-old emperor's wife, Empress Michiko, would also be cremated. The agency, which runs the affairs of Japan's revered imperial family, said the couple were concerned about limited space in Tokyo's royal graveyard.

Spain prosecutor opposes indicting king's daughter in graft probe

Spain's public prosecutor on Thursday said he was against indicting King Juan Carlos' youngest daughter, Princess Cristina, in a graft probe that has plunged the royal family into crisis, citing lack of evidence. "Mere suspicions or conjectures are not valid elements for an indictment," the prosecutor's office argued, according to the court in Mallorca which is leading the investigation.
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