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TOKYO, Oct. 21 Kyodo

---------- Japan refused entry of 14 N. Koreans since July

TOKYO - Japan has refused the entry of 14 North Koreans under its sanctions on Pyongyang since July, Justice Minister Jinen Nagase said Friday.

Of the 38 peopled applied for entry to date, Japan has admitted 10, rejecting the 14, while 13 others have withdrawn applications and Japan is still examining the remaining one, he told a session of the House of Representatives Judicial Affairs Committee.

---------- Teen held after threatening bus driver with knife in Chiba

CHIBA, Japan - A 19-year-old male was arrested Friday after pointing a knife at the driver of a long-distance bus carrying 15 other passengers in Chiba Prefecture and inflicting minor injuries on him, the police said.

The man from Katori in the same prefecture, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, was finally restrained by the driver and later arrested by the police. None of the passengers was injured in the incident.

---------- Alleged broker of Wakayama bid-rigging played golf with LDP figures

OSAKA - A person arrested earlier this month on suspicion of brokering bid-rigging in Wakayama Prefecture in 2004 entertained key ruling party politicians and the governor in July on the golf course he was operating, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Hidenao Nakagawa, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's spokesman Hiroshige Seko and Wakayama Gov. Yoshiki Kimura played golf on July 2 for free with the suspect Yoshikazu Iyama, 56, who is acquainted with Kimura, the sources said.

---------- N. Korea raps U.S., Japan in public rally marking nuke test

BEIJING - North Korea criticized the United States and Japan over a U.N. Security Council resolution adopted against the country's nuclear test, holding a massive rally to celebrate the Oct. 9 experiment, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency reported.

While the nuclear test was reported by North Korea's official media and mentioned by a senior official in a public speech, the rally at Kim Il Sung square was the first reported event involving the country's public.

---------- China, U.S. urge N. Korea to negotiate over nuclear crisis

BEIJING - China and the United States urged North Korea on Friday to return to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear program amid signs diplomatic efforts may have made some headway.

In a series of meetings in Beijing on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and senior Chinese leaders said dialogue was the best way to resolve a crisis that began when North Korea carried out a nuclear test on Oct. 9.

---------- 7 die, 40 hurt in bomb explosion in northern Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - At least seven people were killed and 40 injured in a bomb explosion Friday in a busy market in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's North Western Frontier Province, police said.

Zafar Khan, in charge of police in the area, told reporters the bomb was planted in a fruit vendor's cart left on the side of the street and exploded few minutes before sunset when the street was thronged with shoppers.

---------- Japan has info that N. Korea's Kim denied 2nd nuke test: Aso

TOKYO - Japan has information, though not confirmed, that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il told Chinese envoy Tang Jiaxuan that Pyongyang is not going to conduct a second nuclear test, Foreign Minister Taro Aso said Friday.

''Though it is not confirmed, we have obtained information that he told Mr. Tang the country won't conduct a second nuclear test,'' Aso said in a speech in Kanagawa Prefecture following a Yonhap News Agency report to this effect.

---------- N. Korea leader has diabetes, may make nuke attack on Japan: Nakagawa

TOKYO - North Korea's leader could make a nuclear attack on Japan because he suffers from diabetes, ruling Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Shoichi Nakagawa said Friday.

''One does not do such a thing normally. But because that country's leader has overeaten luxurious food and suffers from diabetes, he could think about it,'' he said in a speech in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, referring to the possibility of North Korea using a nuclear weapon against Japan.
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