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Abe to skip Beijing parade

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend a military parade in China next week to commemorate the end of World War II, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters yesterday. Suga said the decision was made after considering Abe’s parliamentary activities and political schedule. However, he added Abe told parliament recently that he hoped the theme of China’s commemorative event “would not be anti-Japanese.”


Abe criticizes visit

Abe yesterday criticized his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, for a weekend visit to the disputed Kuril island chain. The visit “conflicts with Japan’s position and hurts the feelings of the Japanese people. It is extremely regrettable,” Abe told a parliamentary panel when asked about the trip. Medvedev on Saturday visited Iturup, one of four Kuril islands controlled by Russia.


Two fires near Tokyo

An explosion yesterday rocked a warehouse at the US Army’s Sagami General Depot in Sagamihara, about 40km from Tokyo, while a blaze broke out at a steel plant near Haneda International Airport. No injuries were reported from either fire. Dramatic video footage showed large sparks shooting out like fireworks from the fire on the depot’s roof. Local and US base firefighters delayed battling the fire while the contents of the building were assessed and the fire died out on its own about six hours after it started, shortly before 1am. US forces said the building held canisters of compressed gases such as nitrogen and oxygen. The Kawasaki city fire department said the blaze at the plant, owned by a unit of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, may have been caused by workers who were using gas burners to dismantle the site. The fire was put out shortly after 1:30pm.


Kidnapped Chinese freed

A Chinese tourist who was kidnapped by the Taliban more than a year ago has been freed, Minister of the Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Sunday. The man was abducted in May last near the western city of Dera Ismail Khan while on a cycling trip. Khan gave few details about the tourist’s recovery other than saying it was the result of an intelligence operation and the culmination of more than a year of effort by the government.


Amnesty reports on torture

Security forces used iron bars and acid to force confessions and crush opposition during President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful bid for a third term in office, Amnesty International said yesterday. Testimonies recorded by Amnesty in the report accuse both the police and National Intelligence Service (SNR) of carrying out “torture and other ill-treatment” since April against people suspected of participating in protests against Nkurunziza’s controversial re-election bid. Police beat people with electric cables and batons, while the SNR used iron bars, as well as “forcing detainees’ heads under dirty water,” said the report read, titled Just tell me what to confess to.


Bus bombing kills two

A bomb yesterday struck a bus carrying policemen, killing two and wounding 24, officials said. The attack occurred in the Nile Delta province of Baheira, 260km north of Cairo, while the policemen were travelling to work in a civilian bus.


President not resigning

President Otto Perez said on Sunday that he would not resign and rejected allegations that he was one of the ringleaders of a corruption scandal shaking the country. Prosecutors and officials from a UN investigative commission said on Friday they had uncovered extensive evidence implicating Perez and ex-vice president Roxana Baldetti in a massive, highly organized scheme to reduce importers’ customs duties in exchange for bribes. With two weeks to go to general elections, Perez made a statement to the nation in which he pledged to abide by legal processes, but said he would not quit.

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