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Japan's Abe to avoid visit to war-linked shrine on 75th war anniversary: Jiji
TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will refrain from visiting the Yasukuni shrine for war dead on the 75th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two, Jiji news agency said on Sunday, but will make an offering on the emotive day, as he has done in the past.
Japan's Abe to avoid visit to war-linked shrine on 75th war anniversary-Jiji
TOKYO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will refrain from visiting the Yasukuni shrine for war dead on the 75th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two, Jiji news agency said on Sunday, but will make an offering on the emotive day, as he has done in the past.
UPDATE 1-Belarus holds election as street protests rattle strongman president
MINSK, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Belarus began voting in an election on Sunday pitting President Alexander Lukashenko against a former teacher who emerged from obscurity to lead the biggest challenge in years against the man once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by Washington.
Seven die in fire at COVID-19 hotel facility in India
MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least seven people died after a massive fire broke out at a hotel that was being used as a COVID-19 facility in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state early on Sunday, police said.
New Zealand records 100 days without domestic virus case but warns against complacency
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and Australia which once had the virus under control now battle a resurgence in infections.
Japan unsuccessful in lifting auto tariffs early in UK trade deal: media
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and Britain agreed to lift auto tariffs for a post-Brexit trade agreement in 2026 despite Japan's push to lift the tariffs earlier, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Sunday.
Esper: U.S. will cut troop levels in Afghanistan to 'less than 5,000'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to cut its troop levels in Afghanistan to "a number less than 5,000" by the end of November, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in an interview broadcast on Saturday, adding detail to drawdown plans U.S. President Donald Trump announced earlier this week.
Rugby league-NRL players fall foul of strict COVID-19 rules
SYDNEY, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Brisbane Broncos' forward Tevita Pangai Jr. has been placed in isolation for two weeks after he became the sixth person within a week to breach the National Rugby League's strict COVID-19 protocols.
Golf: Complete game gives Johnson third round lead at PGA Championship
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dustin Johnson's hot putter and improved accuracy off the tee gave him a one-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA Championship on Saturday, with the American looking set to secure his second major title on Sunday.
China reports 23 new COVID-19 cases in mainland, vs 31 day earlier
BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 23 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Aug 8, down from 31 a day earlier, the countryâs health authority said on Sunday.
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