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WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet on Tuesday, a major subtext of their discussions will be the world leader not in the room — Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Valencia moved into Champions League contention on Monday with a 4-0 win at home against relegation-threatened Granada. Javi Fuego's header and Faniel Parejo's penalty had the hosts well in command at the break, with late efforts from Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Negredo completing the scoring. Valencia's 20th La Liga win of the campaign lifted them two points clear of Sevilla and into fourth and contention for a place in the Champions League play-offs next season.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Monday extended his grip on power in the oil-rich, ex-Soviet nation with 97.7 percent of ballots in an election slammed by Western observers as deeply flawed. Nazarbayev, who has run the huge Central Asian country since before the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, improved his already eye-popping scores in previous elections to win a fifth term in power. The Central Election Commission claimed a record turnout of 95.22 percent in Sunday's vote which was called a year ahead of schedule. Western observers slammed the lack of choice in Kazakhstan's early presidential election in which the country's deeply marginalised opposition did not field a candidate.