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Abe’s body arrives in Tokyo as country mourns former prime minister’s death

TOKYO (AP) — The body of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been returned to Tokyo after he was shot and killed during a campaign speech in western Japan. Abe was attacked in Nara city on Friday and airlifted to a local hospital, but died of blood loss despite receiving emergency treatment, including massive blood transfusions. Police arrested the attacker, a former member of the Japanese Navy, at the scene on suspicion of murder. Police confiscated the homemade weapon he was using and several more were later found in his apartment. Abe’s killing ahead of Sunday’s legislative elections shocked the nation as a threat to democracy and raised questions about whether Abe’s security was adequate.

How a crowded GOP field could help Trump in the 2024 campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump ran for the Republican presidential nomination, despite losing the Iowa caucuses and winning only about a third of the votes in the first key states, thanks to the crowded field of a dozen candidates. Now, as Trump plans to announce a third run for the White House as soon as this summer, the dynamic seems to be repeating itself. With a growing list of candidates lining up for their own potential races, even a diminished Trump, battered by a flurry of inquiries, could have an easy shot at being nominated in another fractured, multi-candidate GOP primary.

French women push to cement the right to abortion after the American decision

PARIS (AP) — The right to abortion in France has been enshrined in law for 47 years and enjoys broad support across the political spectrum. But more and more French women are wondering: could what happened in the United States happen here one day? The US Supreme Court’s decision to end women’s right to abortion has reverberated across the European political landscape. She put the question back in the public debate in France. French lawmakers have proposed several bills to enshrine the right to abortion in the French Constitution, including one by President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance. A recent poll in France showed that even far-right and conservative voters support abortion rights.

Choose Your Reality: Trust Diminishes, Conspiracy Theories Rise

As public confidence in democratic institutions declines, conspiracy theories fill the void. In some cases, this leads believers to doubt even their own allies. Last weekend in Boston, about 100 masked men carrying fascist flags marched through the city and later posted videos and photos online. But some of their own allies guessed the event, insisting it must have been FBI agents in disguise. This is just one example of experts who study public trust and say it will take tremendous effort from educators, government officials and tech companies to fix the problem. erosion of trust.

Musk drops deal to buy Twitter; the company says it will file a complaint

Elon Musk announced on Friday that he would drop his tumultuous $44 billion bid to buy Twitter after the company failed to provide enough information about the number of fake accounts. Twitter immediately hit back, saying it would sue the Tesla CEO to enforce the deal. The likely outcome of the acquisition was just the latest twist in a saga between the world’s richest man and one of the most influential social media platforms, and it could portend a titanic legal battle at come. Twitter Chairman Bret Taylor tweeted that the board was committed to completing the transaction.

UN says Ukraine bears part of responsibility for nursing home attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A United Nations report says Ukraine’s armed forces were largely responsible for a fatal assault on a nursing home for the elderly and disabled. Ukrainian fighters occupied the facility in March, then battled Kremlin-backed rebels while dozens of patients and staff were trapped inside. Ukrainian authorities blamed Russian forces squarely, accusing them of killing more than 50 vulnerable civilians in a brutal and unprovoked attack. But the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Ukrainian soldiers occupied the retirement home days before the attack, making the building a target.

Sri Lankan protesters storm the president’s residence and office

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan television reports say Sri Lankan protesters demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa have forced their way into his official residence and nearby office, as thousands demonstrate in the capital against the island nation’s worst economic crisis in recent memory. It was unclear whether Rajapaksa was inside the residence in Colombo, but mobile phone footage showed large numbers of people inside the well-fortified house and on the grounds at the time. exterior Saturday. A government spokesman said he had no information on whether Rajapaksa had left the residence. Hundreds of protesters, some carrying national flags, also stormed the president’s office in another nearby building, television footage showed.

In Age of Transparency, Arizona Law Limits Police Shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — The governor of Arizona has signed a law that restricts how the public can film police at a time when there is growing pressure across the country for greater law enforcement transparency. order. Gov. Doug Ducey has approved a measure that makes it illegal to knowingly film police officers 8 feet or less without an officer’s permission. Civil rights and media groups say the law is unconstitutional and simply cannot be applied in real-life scenarios. Proponents of the bill say the law allows filming while ensuring everyone’s safety. The move comes nearly a year after the US Department of Justice launched an investigation into the Phoenix police force. Similar investigations are underway in Minneapolis and Louisville.

8-year-old paralyzed in parade attack woke up, asking for a twin

An 8-year-old boy whose spine was severed in the shooting at a July 4 parade is conscious for the first time since the attack and is demanding to see his twin brother. Cooper Roberts’ family said Friday that doctors do not believe the boy suffered brain damage from the bullets that hit him in the chest. He was paralyzed from the waist down. Luke and the boys’ mother, Keely Roberts, were also injured but not as badly. Only the boys’ father, Jason Roberts, emerged unscathed. The twins are the youngest of six and their four older sisters – aged 18 to 26 – are doting on Luke while Cooper is hospitalized.

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the June jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is raging. The stock market crashes and interest rates rise. American consumers are depressed and angry. Economists warn of potentially dark times ahead. But the employers? They just keep hiring. The Labor Department reported Friday that the sluggish and battered U.S. economy managed to add a healthy 372,000 jobs in June, well above the 275,000 expected by economists. And the unemployment rate remained at 3.6%, just a tick above the 50-year low recorded just before the coronavirus pandemic flattened the economy in early 2020.

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