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---------- Tamori to skip Fuji TV lunchtime variety show next week

TOKYO - Tamori, the host of Fuji Television Network Inc.'s long-running lunchtime variety show ''Waratte Iitomo,'' will skip the program next week for cataract surgery and medical checkups, the commercial broadcaster said Saturday.

It will be the first long-term absence from the show, aired every weekday, for the 63-year-old TV personality since November 2001. He will return July 20.

---------- Toyota mulls liquidating joint production firm with GM in California

NEW YORK - Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will consider liquidating New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., a Fremont, California-based joint manufacturing venture with General Motors Corp.

Toyota revealed the plan following GM's announcement the same day that a new GM, now majority-owned by the U.S. government, has emerged from the bankrupt GM by taking over the best assets of the Detroit-based automaker, such as Cadillac and Chevrolet.

---------- Australian shot dead at U.S. mine in Indonesia's Papua

JAKARTA - An Australian man working for a U.S. mining company was shot to death early Saturday in Indonesia's Papua Province, in the same area where two American teachers were killed in an ambush in 2002, police said.

They said the technical expert was shot while he was riding in a car with three other people around dawn outside the massive Grasberg mining complex operated by PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc.
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Date:Jul 13, 2009
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