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Shinzo Abe looks for allies outside Japan as popularity wanes at home | World news | Guardian Weekly

Shinzo Abe looks for allies outside Japan as popularity wanes at home | World news | Guardian Weekly
Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, greets an audience in Brazil during the last leg of a Latin American tour that included visits to Colombia, Chile and Mexico. Photograph: Andre Penner/AP

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe showed off his football skills in Brasilia earlier this month, kicking a ball around with Zico, the Brazilian who once coached the Japanese team. The premier also had a friendly meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and signed some energy deals.

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Isis looms over Gaza sideshow | @guardianletters |

Isis looms over Gaza sideshow | @guardianletters | World news | NNW Illustration: davidhumphries.com

Giles Fraser's report on Gideon Levy and the enthusiasm of 95% of Israelis for crushing Hamas in Gaza (Report, 7 August) is not merely "depressing" but truly alarming for Israel's future – not just for its commitment to democracy and free speech, both clearly in peril, but for Israel's own existence. There is indeed a deadly power threatening Israel, but it is not Hamas, which despite its hopes and intentions has actually managed to kill very few Israelis. The imminent danger is the truly terrifying Islamo-fascist Isis caliphate, which occupies an area the size of Britain. The recent fighting in Lebanon and Syria shows that Isis territory is now only a hundred miles from Israel's borders.

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