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Japan, at odds with China on territorial and other issues, took its case to Europe on Thursday, defending Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a war shrine and reiterating its call for an emergency hotline between Tokyo and Beijing. Ties between the two Asian economic giants, never warm, were further strained last month when Abe visited Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, where Japanese leaders convicted as war criminals are enshrined with other war dead, angering China and South Korea. Beijing and Tokyo are also arguing over ownership of a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea. China has said it is willing to talk to Japan about the issue but has accused Abe of not being serious about wanting to resolve the dispute. Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid Thursday invited Awami League President Sheikh Hasina to form the government. Ihsanul Karim, Hamid's secretary said Hasina has requested the president to start the process of forming the 10th parliament. Haina met Hamid after swearing-in of the newly-elected members of parliament. Meanwhile, a new cabinet will be sworn in Sunday, a week after the general elections. Cabinet Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the new cabinet will take oath early next week. Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint Social Democrat leader Bohuslav Sobotka as prime minister within days, he told Reuters on Thursday, opening the way for a centre-left coalition to try to revive the economy after months of political stalemate. Zeman, in the first direct confirmation he would soon give the premiership to his longtime rival Sobotka, said he had reservations about some nominations for ministers, but it was "very realistic" to expect the full cabinet would be appointed by the end of the month. Zeman, a 69-year-old political heavyweight who won the country's first direct presidential election a year ago, denied he was dragging his feet. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a possible Republican White House contender, is enmeshed in a scandal...