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---------- Lone candidate wins Macao leadership election

MACAO - Fernando Chui, Macao's former culture minister and the lone candidate running for the leadership post in the former Portuguese enclave, on Sunday got the blessing of an overwhelming majority of a 300-member election committee mostly handpicked by Beijing to run the autonomous region and gambling heaven.

''It is my great honor to win the election,'' Chui, 52, said after the largely expected outcome was announced. He will take office in December. Of the 296 ballots cast, Chui got 282 votes, four short of the 286 he had said he would secure.

---------- Cleric Bashir criticizes July 17 Jakarta bombings

SOLO, Indonesia - Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has criticized recent bomb attacks in Jakarta allegedly carried out by Muslim militants, saying Indonesia is not a ''war zone.''

''I have the opinion that bombings are only allowed in a war zone. Indonesia is not a war zone, so I don't agree with the bombings,'' Bashir said in an interview with Kyodo News.

---------- Heavy rain continues in western Japan, agency warns of landslides

FUKUOKA - Heavy rain continued in western Japan on Sunday, after leaving seven people dead and two others missing since Friday, and the Japan Meteorological Agency warning of landslides and flooding.

Due to the bad weather, Prime Minister Taro Aso canceled a trip to areas in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which were stricken with downpours earlier this week, including a nursing home for the elderly where six people were killed in a mudslide.

---------- U.S. university gives Japan prize to animated filmmaker Miyazaki

SAN FRANCISCO - The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, presented the 2009 Berkeley Japan Prize to Japanese animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki in a ceremony on the university's campus near San Francisco on Saturday.

Miyazaki expressed his gratitude for the prize, which honors individuals from all disciplines and professions who have, over a lifetime, influenced the world's understanding of Japan, and gave a speech after the ceremony.
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