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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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United Fliers, Prepare To Be Bored By This Punishingly Long “Humorous” Safety Video

Even people who haven’t flown are pretty familiar with the basics of the safety spiel the cabin crew gives before takeoff — no smoking, buckle your seatbelt and keep it buckled, know where the exits are, don’t freak the f*#$ out when the oxygen bag thing drops, and if we crash into the water and manage to survive, you can float in the freezing water on your seat cushion. The more concise an airline can make these statements, the better. But United Airlines thinks that the best way to make you give a hoot about airline safety is to make you watch a 4.5-minute video that tries to tickle your funny bone.

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Malaysia Airlines faces fight over its own survival

A couple watches the a Malaysia Airlines plane taxi on the runway at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on July 27, 2014. Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years. But losing… Read More >