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Countries React To Japan’s Plans To Release Fukushima Water Into Ocean

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Japan’s plan to dump radioactive waste water into the sea is getting international reactions.  On Thursday, the Philippines called on Japan to comply with international law on the protection of the environment.

Philippine presidential spokesman, Hary Roque said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday that if japan goes ahead with the decision, international law will catch up with the country.

Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday his government has decided to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater in Fukushima prefecture into the sea despite domestic and international opposition.

Meanwhile, China has also spoken out on the issue, saying it will make efforts to assess the related products to ensure Chinese consumers’ safety.

Spokesman at the Chinese ministry of commerce, Gao Feng, charged Japan of unilaterally deciding to dump the nuclear wastewater into the ocean without trying all secure treatment means, and without conducting full consultations with neighboring countries and the international community.

He said China is gravely concerned about what he called Japan’s “evildoing,” which he said may pollute and affect the agricultural and aquatic products.  He said China will step up efforts to protect Chinese consumers’ health.

 

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Israel Continues Gaza Air Raids As Calls For Ceasefire Grow

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Israel has launched another barrage of air raids on the Gaza Strip on Monday after prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the attacks on the Palestinian enclave would continue.

The Israeli military confirmed it killed a top commander of the Islamic jihad armed group, Hussam Abu Harbeed.

Explosions rocked Gaza city from north to south as Israeli fighter jets hit homes, clinics and government buildings.

212 persons, including 61 children, have been killed in Gaza since the latest violence began more than a week ago. Some fifteen hundred Palestinians were also wounded.

Gaza’s ministry of health has launched an appeal for help as it struggles to respond to the large numbers of injured persons seeking hospital treatment across the territory.

US army general, Mark Milley warned on Monday of potential destabilization beyond the Gaza Strip if the violence continued.

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French President Hosts Africa Summit On Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

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African leaders are in Paris at the Africa Finance Summit. Part of the agenda is to address post-pandemic recovery on the continent.

Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, South Africa and others landed in Paris on Monday for the Africa finance Summit set for today and tomorrow.

The meeting has been touted by some observers as attempting to create a “new deal” for African economies.

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Ariana Grande Marries Dalton Gomez In ‘Intimate’ Ceremony

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American pop star Ariana Grande has married her fiance Dalton Gomez in a “tiny and intimate” wedding.

Grande’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”

Last year December, 27-year-old Grande announced her engagement to Gomez, a 25-year-old real estate agent by posting a photo of her ring along with the caption, “Forever n then some.”

The TMZ website said the ceremony took place at Grande’s property in Montecito, a celebrity hotspot in southern California where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex also live.

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