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Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

People praying at Hiroshima’s Memorial Cenotaph yesterday for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, which claimed 140,000 lives in Hiroshima.PHOTO: REUTERS  TOKYO • Japan yesterday marked 72 years since the world’s first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation’s traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus. The anniversary came after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States to dismiss a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons, which was rejected by criticsRead More

Australia sends navy ships, divers after aircraft crash, three US Marines missing

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Marine MV-22B Osprey aircraft land on the deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship off Sydney  MELBOURNE: The Australian government said on Sunday it would deploy its armed forces to assist in recovery efforts after the U.S. Marine Corps suspended a search for three Marines missing since their aircraft crashed off Australia’s northeast coast a day earlier. The Marine Corps said earlier they had shifted from a search-and-rescue effort to a recovery operation, which could last several months, and had notified the next-of-kin of theRead More

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits off Japan’s Honshu

SYDNEY: An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.8 hit northeast of Tokyo off Japan’s main island of Honshu on Thursday (Jul 20), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) and the USGS reported. The quake, which struck at 9.11am (8.11am, Singapore time), was measured at a depth of 33km about 79km east-northeast of Iwaki on Honshu. There was no immediate warning of a tsunami issued by the Hawaii-based PTWC Japan’s meteorological agency said there was no risk of tsunami from the earthquake. “We have found no (new) abnormality so far”Read More

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

SEOUL: North Korea fired what appeared to be a short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and flew about 450 km (280 miles), South Korean officials said. North Korea has a large stockpile of the short-range missiles, originally developed by the Soviet Union. Monday’s launch follows two successful tests of medium to long range missiles in asRead More

N. Korea test-fires missile, challenging new leader in South

SEOUL – North Korea on Sunday test-launched a ballistic missile that flew as far as 800 kilometeres before landing in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean, Japanese and US militaries said. The launch is a direct challenge to the new South Korean president elected four days ago and comes as US, Japanese and European militaries gather for joint war games in the Pacific. It wasn’t immediately clear what type of ballistic missile was launched, although the US Pacific Command said that “the flight is not consistent with an intercontinentalRead More

Japan ATM scam using fraudulent cards nets $12.7m

Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) has been taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards created with data stolen from a South African bank. The money was withdrawn in less than three hours from 1,400 convenience store cash machines across Japan, the Kyodo news agency reports. The withdrawals targeted 7-Eleven cash machines, which unlike most in Japan accept foreign cards. South Africa’s Standard Bank estimated its total losses at $19.25m. Police suspect more than 100 people were involved across Japan, Kyodo said, putting the date of the incidentRead More

Barack Obama to visit Hiroshima on Japan and Vietnam trip

Barack Obama is to visit Hiroshima this month – the first serving US president to travel to the Japanese city since it was hit by a US nuclear bomb in 1945. The visit will be part of an Asian trip from 21-28 May that will also take in Vietnam. The Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945 killed 140,000 people. Along with a second bombing on Nagasaki – it is credited with ending World War Two. The White House said there would be no apology for the bombings. A statement fromRead More