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TOKYO, March 11 Kyodo

---------- Former N. Korean agent says Japanese abductee Taguchi still alive

BUSAN, South Korea - Former North Korean agent Kim Hyon Hui met with the brother and son of Japanese abductee Yaeko Taguchi on Wednesday in the South Korean city of Busan, saying she believes Taguchi is still alive.

''I have no doubt your mother is still alive. I'm sure (you will be able to meet her) if you continue to make the effort,'' Kim told them in Japanese. Kim is believed to have learned from Taguchi.

---------- Southern Sudan leader vows effort to resolve Darfur conflict

TOKYO - Southern Sudanese leader Salva Kiir promised Wednesday to seek a resolution to the Darfur conflict and reiterated that the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for the nation's president is an ''opportunity'' to consolidate peace.

Kiir, who is president of the semiautonomous region of southern Sudan as well as national first vice president, said in a keynote address delivered on his behalf at a symposium in Tokyo that Khartoum hopes to seek low-interest loans from Japan to help the Sudanese economy overcome the impact of the global recession.

---------- Philippines' Arroyo signs geographic baselines bill

MANILA - Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed into law a bill that redefines the Philippines' archipelagic baselines, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Wednesday.

The newly signed law known as Republic Act 9522, which establishes the country's 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone, was crafted to prevent the Philippines from losing by default its claim to extended continental shelf areas teeming with fishery, mineral and natural gas resources.

---------- Colonel Sanders statue found in Osaka 24 yrs after Hanshin Tigers win

OSAKA - A statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders was recovered Tuesday and Wednesday from a river in Osaka, 24 years after frenzied Hanshin Tigers fans threw the statue into the river when the baseball team won the Central League championship.

Divers found the upper half of the life-sized statue of the U.S. founder of the fried chicken restaurant chain Tuesday and the lower half Wednesday from Dotombori River during a riverside construction work.
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