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Within the part few minutes, President Obama has arrived in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. He is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city, the site of the world's first atomic bombing. He will not apologise for the attack, as x reports. It was one of the most contentious decisions ever taken by a U.S. president, the use of the world's first atomic weapon on an already very weakened Japan, killing an estimated 70,000 people in an instant. Anticipating the criticism from veteran groups at home, President Obama has already had to insist he is not here to apologise. He is expected to lay a wreath at the x in Hiroshima's Peace Park in a brief ceremony attended by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and a number of the survivors of the attack.
Leaders of the G7 group of industrialised nations say world economic growth is an urgent priority, requiring a global response. In a statement at the close of the G7's annual meeting in Japan, the group pledged to keep international markets open and to fight all forms of protectionism. The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said they had agreed on the need for action. Here, if we are wrong in our policy response, we'll face a major risk, where world economy could fall into so-called crisis. That goes beyond the normal cause of business cycles.
One of the world's biggest cyber security firms is investigating whether North Korea is behind attacks on computer systems used by banks in Southeast Asia. x said if Pyongyang was responsible for targeting the banks, it would the first time a country had been detected stealing money in a cyber attack. x is in Seoul. x's analysed the computer code used by hackers who've attacked at least three banks in Southeast Asia, in one case, stealing 81 million dollars. The security company says it's discovered that the same rare malware was inserted each time to divert the money. This computer code is similar to that used in the hack of Sony Pictures in 2014, which the U.S. government alleged was done by North Korea, though some computer experts disputed that allegation.
The South Korean military says one of its naval vessels has fired warning shots, after two North Korean boats crossed the country's controversial maritime border. It said the patrol boat and a fishing vessel quickly turned back.
Brazilian police are hunting more than 30 men, suspected of raping a teenage girl in Rio de Janeiro. The men posted videos on Twitter of the attack. The girl if thought to have gone to her boyfriend's house on Saturday, and to have woken up naked and wounded, and surrounded by armed men.
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Trade unions in France have called on their members to step up their action in protest of the government's controversial labour reforms. On Thursday, activists held protests across the country, barricading docks, oil depots, motorways and bridges.
Britain has said it will send a Royal Naval warship to Libya top help support and train the coast guard to stop people trafficking across the Mediterranean. Officials said they would also seek the United Nations' approval for the ship to seize boats smuggling arms to the Islamic State group.
The former first lady of Ivory Coast, x, has had her appeal against a twenty-year sentence rejected by the country's supreme court. The jail term was handed down last year for Mrs. x's role in the violence which followed the refusal of her husband, x, to accept the defeat in the presidential election in 2010. Mr. x himself is currently on trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, accused of war crimes linked to the unrest.
Health officials in the United States say a superbug resistant to all known antibiotics has been found in the country for the first time. The case involves a middle-aged woman infected with x bacteria, resistant to cholestin, an antibiotic of last resort.
And the Sydney Opera House has been illuminated by the work of indigenous artists at the start of Australia's annual Vivid Festival. x reports. The Sydney Opera House will become a canvas where ancient song lines that tell the stories of creation will be depicted. Described as an archive of
indigenous culture, the images will be beamed onto the building's famous sails. The music that will accompany the illumination will explore the things of salt water, sky and the deserts. While Vivid Festival will celebrate Australia's rich aboriginal history, the country's original inhabitants continue to suffer disproportionately high rates of ill health, unemployment and imprisonment.