Shinzo Abe seeks relief in Australia from tension with closer neighbours |

Shinzo Abe seeks relief in Australia from tension with closer neighbours | World news | NewsWire
Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie leave Tokyo on Sunday for their week-long visit. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Shinzo Abe could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief as he left Tokyo on Sunday for a weeklong visit to New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea, during which he will sign free trade and defence technology deals with Tony Abbott and and become the first Japanese prime minister to address parliament in Canberra.

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Shinzo Abe seeks relief in Australia from tension with closer neighbours

Shinzo Abe seeks relief in Australia from tension with closer neighbours | World news | NewsWire
Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie leave Tokyo on Sunday for their week-long visit. Photograph: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Shinzo Abe could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief as he left Tokyo on Sunday for a weeklong visit to New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea, during which he will sign free trade and defence technology deals with Tony Abbott and and become the first Japanese prime minister to address parliament in Canberra.

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North Carolina voter law challenged: 'the worst suppression since Jim Crow' |

North Carolina voter law challenged: 'the worst suppression since Jim Crow' | World news | NewsWire
North Carolina voters will, should the law stand, eventually have to present photo ID and be unable to pre-register or vote from outside a voter's home precinct. Photograph: Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty

North Carolina’s voter identification law, which has been described as the most sweeping attack on African American electoral rights since the Jim Crow era, is being challenged in a legal hearing that opens on Monday.

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North Carolina voter law challenged: 'the worst suppression since Jim Crow'

North Carolina voter law challenged: 'the worst suppression since Jim Crow' | World news | NewsWire
North Carolina voters will, should the law stand, eventually have to present photo ID and be unable to pre-register or vote from outside a voter's home precinct. Photograph: Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty

North Carolina’s voter identification law, which has been described as the most sweeping attack on African American electoral rights since the Jim Crow era, is being challenged in a legal hearing that opens on Monday.

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North Carolina voter law challenged: ‘the worst suppression since Jim Crow’

North Carolina voter law challenged: 'the worst suppression since Jim Crow' | World news | NewsWire
North Carolina voters will, should the law stand, eventually have to present photo ID and be unable to pre-register or vote from outside a voter's home precinct. Photograph: Logan Mock-Bunting/Getty

North Carolina’s voter identification law, which has been described as the most sweeping attack on African American electoral rights since the Jim Crow era, is being challenged in a legal hearing that opens on Monday.

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