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Tokyo set to elect first female governor

Tokyo set to elect woman governorFormer Japanese Defense Minister Yuriko Koike is poised to become Tokyo's first female governor, with local media forecasting her as the winner after polls closed at 11 p.m. local time.

One of her first challenges will be the financial issues the city faces in preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games, BBC reported. That same issue and scandals connected to it forced the city's last two governors to resign.


Yemen's exiled government accepts UN peace proposal

Yemen exiled govt. agrees to truceYemen's exiled government says it has accepted a peace deal proposed by the UN that calls on Houthi rebels - who control large swaths of the country - to concede power after more than 14 months of war.

The announcement came on Sunday after a high-level meeting in Riyadh chaired by Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the AFP news agency said.


U.S., Israel ready to clinch largest American security aid deal in history

US aid to Israel more than everThe United States and Israel are closing in on a massive military aid agreement that will reportedly become the largest security package the American government has ever struck with any nation.

A senior Israeli official is expected to visit Washington next week to finalize negotiations, The Washington Post reported Friday -- and the edict from Tel Aviv is to get the deal done "as soon as possible."


Two high-ranking generals resign in Turkey

Turkish generals resignTwo high-ranking Turkish officers have resigned just hours before the country's Supreme Military Council began a meeting to discuss a review of the armed forces.

The generals handed in their resignations in protest against the government's ongoing dismissals in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt of July 15, sources told Al Jazeera on Thursday.


Bomb Blasts Hit Northeastern Syrian City, Killing Dozens

bombs hit northern SyriaA large truck bomb blast claimed by Islamic State killed nearly 50 people and wounded scores more in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, a monitoring group and state television reported.

The attack hit near a Kurdish security forces headquarters and was the deadliest of its kind in the city for years, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


George Will raises possible Trump link to Russian oligarchs

George WillFox News contributor George Will says Donald Trump will not release his tax returns because they may show "he is deeply involved in dealing with Russia oligarchs."

The claim -- which Will could not support with any tangible proof -- was made to Bret Baier on Fox News's "Special Report" live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night. The topic was raised after some Democratic Party officials, including Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, attempted to connect the Republican nominee to a leak of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails.


F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped in Sao Paulo'

F1 chief Mother in law kidnappedThe mother-in-law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been kidnapped in Brazil with criminals demanding a ransom of $36.5m (£28m), reports say.

Aparecida Schunck, the 67-year-old mother of Mr Ecclestone's wife Fabiana Flosi, was seized in Sao Paulo on Friday night, Veja and Globo reported.

Police in the city have not yet commented.


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