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Kyodo news summary -3-+
[January 15, 2006]

Kyodo news summary -3-+

(Japan Economic Newswire Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)TOKYO, Jan. 15_(Kyodo) _ ---------- Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, dies

CAIRO - Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah who ruled the oil-rich country for the last three decades, has died, reports said Sunday.

He was believed to be in his late 70s.

---------- DPJ leader backs female monarchs, tolerates female-line succession

TOKYO - Opposition leader Seiji Maehara said Sunday he supports the idea of allowing females and their descendants to ascend Japan's imperial throne.

During his appearance on a TV Asahi news program, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan also said he will accept enabling the child of a female monarch to reign, unless the public accepts a concubine system for emperors.

---------- 1-year-old Japanese rehospitalized due to possible adverse reaction

WASHINGTON - A 1-year-old Japanese girl suffering from a rare intestinal disorder was rehospitalized Friday at the Miami facility where she underwent a multiple-organ transplant last month, hospital officials said Saturday.

Ayaka Kandatsu will undergo examinations at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she had been discharged Tuesday, after showing symptoms of diarrhea which could be an early indication of her body possibly rejecting the transplant, the officials said.

---------- Communist guerillas spring jailed comrades in Philippines

MANILA - At least 15 New People's Army guerillas disguised as army and police officers sprang nine comrades from a jail south of Manila, a military report said Sunday.

The rebels pulled off the daring raid around 8 p.m. Saturday at the jail in Batangas City, leaving with four women and five men detained on suspicion of being NPA guerrillas, the report said.

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