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---------- Recalled Japanese ambassador to Russia to return to Moscow Sunday
TOKYO - Japan will have its recalled ambassador to Russia return Sunday to Moscow on a direct flight to the Russian capital around noon, government sources said.
Japanese Ambassador to Russia Masaharu Kono was recalled Wednesday following Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit last Monday to Kunashiri Island off Hokkaido, one of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
---------- APEC meetings kick off in Yokohama to shape region's future vision
YOKOHAMA - A series of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum gatherings kicked off Sunday in Yokohama to culminate in a summit meeting a week later, with senior officials engaging in final preparatory talks to shape the region's future vision for sustainable growth and economic integration.
The annual summit, to be held for the first time in Japan since 1995, could also be an opportunity for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to score diplomatic points as Tokyo struggles to handle relations with China and Russia amid renewed territorial spats.
---------- Myanmar holds 1st election in over 2 decades
YANGON - Military-ruled Myanmar kicked off its long-awaited but much-criticized parliamentary elections Sunday morning, opening the doors of tens of thousands of polling stations across the country.
More than 29 million of the country's 59 million people are eligible to vote in Sunday's polls, the first in over two decades.
---------- N. Korea's No. 2 military leader Jo dies of heart disease
BEIJING - North Korea's No. 2 military leader Jo Myong Rok, who promoted leader Kim Jong Il's ''Songun'' military-first politics, died Saturday of an inveterate heart disease, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported. He was 82.
A vice marshal of the Korean People's Army, Jo served as a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, first vice chairman of the National Defense Commission and director of the KPA's General Political Department.