TOKYO — The future of an American military base and the balance of U.S.-Japan relations were thrown into further question Sunday as voters in a small city far from Tokyo elected a mayor opposed to the base.
Residents of the Okinawan city of Nago chose challenger Susumu Inamine — who campaigned against any expansion of U.S. military presence in the area — over incumbent Yoshikazu Shimabukuro.
Nago is where Washington and Tokyo agreed in 2006 to move the Futenma U.S. Marine airfield from a more crowded part of the southern Japanese island.
Japan's new government — led by a party that was in the opposition when the deal was inked — is reconsidering the agreement, an about-face that has strained ties between the two allies.
'Sphinx Alley' Egypt's open-air museum
LUXOR, Egypt — Luxor is set to become one of the world's largest open-air museums when a multimillion-dollar project to restore the "Sphinx Alley" is complete in March, the governor of Luxor, Samir Farag, said Sunday.
The project to restore the 2-mile alley that links the grand temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank of the River Nile in Luxor has cost $45 million.