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Japan pledges $6 billion to Mekong nations as China prepares new bank

TOKYO - Japan said on Saturday it would extend around $6 billion in development aid to Mekong region countries, as China prepares to launch a new institutional lender seen as encroaching on the regional clout of Tokyo and ally Washington.

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Soccer-No Blatter, no problem say World Cup organisers 2:19am BST

VANCOUVER, July 3 - Players do not care who hands out trophies and the absence of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not have any impact on the Women's World Cup final, organisers said on Friday.

Americans flock to Vancouver to amp up World Cup fever 2:17am BST

VANCOUVER - A sea of red, white and blue is expected to flood Vancouver in the coming days as thousands of Americans flock to the city to cheer on their squad against defending champions Japan in Sunday's Women's World Cup final.

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Analysis - World Cup final represents classic clash of styles 2:16am BST

VANCOUVER - The United States and Japan may be familiar foes but that doesn't make Sunday's Women's World Cup final any less of a tactical conundrum for both teams with the game a classic clash of styles.

Path to the Women's World Cup final - United States 2:16am BST

- Following is a recap of the United States' six Women's World Cup matches on the way to Sunday's final against Japan:

Path to the Women's World Cup final - Japan 2:16am BST

- Following is a recap of Japan's six Women's World Cup matches on the way to Sunday's final against the United States: