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China Kills Market Birds as Flu Deaths Rise. A deadly new strain of bird flu claimed a sixth life in eastern China on Friday as agricultural authorities in Shanghai ordered a wide-scale slaughter of poultry in an effort to stem the spread of the disease. A 64-year-old farmer who died in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China's Zhejiang province, was confirmed to have been infected with the H7N9 virus, the official Xinhua news agency reported Friday, citing the local health bureau.

SDF spending targeted to rise in fiscal 2013 The government has decided it will increase defense spending for the first time in 11 years in light of the territorial tensions with China, sources say. The government, led by the Liberal Democratic Party, wants to raise spending in fiscal 2013 to at least ¥4.77 trillion — the same as in the initial fiscal 2009 budget — the last one it formulated before becoming an opposition party, the sources said Saturday. Defense expenditures in the…