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Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech

NARA, Japan (AP) — Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on a street in western Japan by a gunman who opened fire on him from behind as he delivered a campaign speech. The attack stunned the nation which has some of the strictest gun control laws. Abe, 67, who was Japan’s longest-serving leader when he stepped down in 2020, collapsed bleeding and was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead from injuries injuries to the heart and two neck injuries. Police arrested the suspected shooter at the scene and identified him as Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, a former member of the Japanese Navy.

Japan’s strict gun laws add shock to Abe’s killing

TOKYO (AP) — The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked a world that has come to associate Japan with relatively low crime and strict gun control. The suspect apparently circumvented strict national gun regulations by building his own weapon. Police say the 15-inch (40 centimeter) device was obviously homemade. One expert compared it to a muzzle-loading gun. Authorities confiscated similar weapons during a raid on the suspect’s neighboring one-room apartment. Abe was shot in the back while campaigning in Nara city for his ruling party’s candidates. He died in a hospital two days before the legislative elections.

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Assassination of Japan’s Shinzo Abe stuns world leaders

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Friday assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in one of the world’s safest countries stunned leaders and drew condemnation. Iran called the shooting an “act of terrorism” and European leaders called the attack “despicable”. US President Joe Biden said he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened”. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who rushed back to Tokyo after his election campaign, condemned the “unforgivable act” and said elections for the upper house of parliament would continue on Sunday. Leaders from Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed their solidarity with Japan and paid tribute to Abe.

Passionate Biden signs abortion access ordinance

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to protect abortion access, delivering impassioned remarks condemning the Supreme Court’s decision that ended that constitutional right. He said it was now up to Congress to fully restore the right, and he implored Americans to “vote, vote, vote, vote” in November to elect sympathetic candidates. Biden on Friday formalized instructions to the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to push back on efforts to limit women’s ability to access federally-approved abortion drugs or cross state lines to access clinical abortion services.

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.

‘Dad, that’s it. She is dead’: Another day of loss in Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A woman in eastern Ukraine was out to feed the cats when the shelling began in a residential neighborhood. It was afternoon, time to go shopping. But there’s nothing routine about life near the front line. Kharkiv, the country’s second largest city and a short drive from the Russian border, lives with the thunder of distant artillery and the sickening rumble of shells exploding much closer to home. Natalia Kolesnik had learned to live with risks. Then, in a grassy yard on a hot, muggy Thursday, the bombardment caught up with her. His body was one of three found on the strewn ground. Her husband, Viktor, wouldn’t let her go.

8-year-old crippled 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.

Court of Appeals: Congress can see some of Trump’s financial records

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has narrowed the range of documents House Democrats are entitled to in their years-long investigation into Donald Trump’s finances. Friday’s ruling from the federal appeals court in Washington will certainly not be the final word in the legal fight that began in 2019, when Trump was president and Democrats newly in charge of the House of Representatives subpoenaed a multitude documents from Trump’s accounting firm. , Mazars United States. A federal judge in Washington had already ruled that lawmakers had the right to review a more limited set of records than they initially wanted. The appeal committee further narrowed the claim.

Trump White House lawyer Cipollone meets with January 6 panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone arrived on Capitol Hill for a private interview with the Jan. 6 committee. Cipollone was a wanted witness for his role in trying to stop then-President Donald Trump from contesting the 2020 presidential election and joining the violent mob on Capitol Hill. Trump’s former attorney has been subpoenaed for his testimony. In stunning testimony last week, the panel was told by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson that Cipollone had warned the defeated president would be charged with “every crime imaginable” if he visited the Capitol on May 6. January in an attempt to stop Joe Biden’s certification. election.

Wildlife species on which billions of people depend are at risk, report warns

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day, billions of people depend on wild flora and fauna for food, medicine and energy. But a new UN-backed report says overexploitation, climate change, pollution and deforestation are pushing one million species towards extinction. A planet less rich in biodiversity would have a huge impact on humans, who use around 50,000 wild species every day. According to the report, 1 in 5 people in the world’s population of 7.9 billion depend on wildlife for their food and income.

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