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New missile strikes in Pakistan's volatile northwest tribal region killed at least eight people Monday, and suspicion fell on unmanned US drone aircraft for launching them. More than 30 such attacks have been carried out since August, targeting suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda militants, although American military spokesmen rarely confirm or deny responsibility. The strikes have been an irritant in US-Pakistan relations.

By unanimous vote, Russia's upper house of parliament said "yes" Monday to a constitutional amendment that extends the presidential term from four years to six. The measure passed the lower house last month and requires only President Dmitry Medvedev's signature to take effect. Medvedev is widely seen as a one-term place-holder for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who left as chief executive in May.

For the first time in 71 years, automotive giant Toyota expects to lose money, senior executives said Monday. They told a news briefing in Nagoya, Japan, that the company probably will report an operating loss of $1.7 billion when its fiscal year ends in March, blaming a "far faster, wider, and deeper" drop in sales than expected. Initially, Toyota had forecast a $14 billion net profit for the same span, but later lowered that to $6 billion.


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