**Japan's Deputy PM Retracts Controversial Nazi Comment**
Japan's deputy prime minister has retracted controversial remarks in which he suggested Tokyo could learn a lesson from Nazi Germany in amending the Asian country's pacifist constitution.
Tara Aso said Thursday it is "regrettable" his remarks "led to a misunderstanding," assuring reporters that he holds an "extremely negative view" of the Nazi government.
Aso, who is also finance minister, said during a Monday speech Japan could "learn from the tactics" of the Nazis, whom he said were able to change the German constitution "before anyone knew."
The comment was widely criticized by Japan's neighbors and some human rights groups.
**Partial Results Expected Thursday in Zimbabwe Election**
Zimbabwean election officials say they expect to announce partial results Thursday from an election they are calling "free and fair."
Both President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have expressed confidence they will win Wednesday's presidential vote. Mr. Tsvangirai's MDC party has accused Mr. Mugabe of rigging the vote, which the president denies.
Rita Makarau, chairwoman of the Zimbabwe Election Commission, says votes are being counted and she believes the election was fair. The election authority has until next Monday to release full results.
Police in Zimbabwe have warned they will arrest anyone who gives unofficial vote tallies.
In the past, vote monitoring groups in Zimbabwe have issued independent tallies based on results from polling stations after preliminary counts. But late Wednesday, police vowed a crackdown that extends to the online publication of any results issued before the country's electoral commission does so.