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Tokyo (AFP) - A man set himself on fire on board a moving bullet train in Japan Tuesday, killing himself and one other person, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record.

Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Fiji on Tuesday said it was delaying plans to create a new national flag amid intense public interest in designing one that does not feature Britain's Union Jack.

Bangkok (AFP) - The European Union hit out at Thailand's junta Tuesday for pursuing sedition charges against a group of anti-coup student activists, describing their arrest and prosecution in a military court as a "disturbing development".

Paris (AFP) - The US wiretapped two of France's economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, French media reported citing WikiLeaks documents, just days after it emerged the US had spied on three of the country's leaders.

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