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Japan's Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

Japan's Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation's leader and a push toward a constitutional revision.
Doctor gets life term in Hong Kong over yoga ball killings

Doctor gets life term in Hong Kong over yoga ball killings

HONG KONG — An anesthesiologist convicted of killing his wife and daughter by placing a yoga ball that leaked carbon monoxide in their car has been sentenced to life in prison in Hong Kong.
Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

DRAPER, Utah — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 years after the chilling crime.
Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

NEW YORK — Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84.
Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings.