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TOKYO, May 2 Kyodo

---------- Kumamoto Pref. to recognize deceased woman as Minamata patient

KUMAMOTO, Japan - The Kumamoto prefectural government will certify a deceased woman as a patient of the Minamata mercury-poisoning disease by dropping its appeal over a lawsuit filed by her, Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima said Thursday.

The woman, who was born in Minamata, Kumamoto, and lived in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, before her death in March at 87, filed the suit to seek official recognition as a Minamata disease patient.

---------- India expresses anguish over "murder" of citizen in Pakistani jail

NEW DELHI - India expressed deep anguish Thursday over the death of an Indian man convicted of spying in Pakistan over two decades ago, who died Wednesday from injuries following a brutal assault by inmates inside a Pakistani jail.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement he was "deeply saddened" over the death of Sarabjit Singh, adding, "The criminals responsible for the barbaric and murderous attack on him must be brought to justice."

---------- Nikkei loses for 4th session amid caution over U.S. jobs data

TOKYO - Tokyo stocks remained under selling pressure Thursday amid caution ahead of U.S. nonfarm jobs data due out Friday, sending the Nikkei index lower for the fourth straight session.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average closed down 105.31 points, or 0.76 percent, from Wednesday at 13,694.04. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange shed 5.09 points, or 0.44 percent, to 1,153.28.

---------- Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse rises to 427

DHAKA - Rescue teams recovered 12 more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed eight-storey factory outside the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, raising the death toll to 427, official sources confirmed Thursday.

Local rescue workers stepped up their search efforts Wednesday evening and recovered the 12 bodies within a 15-hour period.

---------- Japan's average gasoline price down for 8th consecutive week

TOKYO - The average retail price of regular gasoline in Japan fell for the eighth consecutive week due largely to a fall in the benchmark Dubai crude oil price, government data showed Thursday.

The average price stood at 153.20 yen per liter as of Tuesday, down 0.90 yen from a week earlier, according to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, an affiliate of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry.
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