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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie wave prior to their departure to New York, at Haneda airport in Tokyo Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Abe plans to meet with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday in New York. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo, 17 Nov 2016 : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to become the first foreign leader to meet US President-elect Donald Trump, officials said on Thursday.

Abe departed for New York on Thursday on his way to an Asia-Pacific trade summit in Peru, CNN reported.

“I am very honoured to see the President-elect ahead of other world leaders,” Abe told reporters before his departure.

“The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us. I would like to build such a trust with Trump.”

Abe, like other Asian leaders, is keen to find out to what extent Trump’s campaign trail rhetoric will become policy after Trump suggested he may withdraw US troops from the region, according to sources.

A top aide to Abe, Katsuyuki Kawai, said he was told by members of Trump’s transition team that Trump’s previous remarks should not be taken literally.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Swimming pools for training of sportspersons to open with SOP from Oct 15

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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