Latest News Wires Japan dissolves Parliament, leaving government divided

Elections are set for Dec. 16. If Prime Minister Noda's center-left party loses, the economically sputtering country will get its seventh prime minister in more than six years.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament Friday, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve the nation's myriad problems.