- - Tuesday, August 9, 2011


U.S. sends envoy to atomic-bomb service

TOKYO | The United States sent a representative for the first time Tuesday to the annual memorial service for victims of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, one of two nuclear attacks that led Japan to surrender in World War II.

The U.S. bombing of Nagasaki 66 years ago killed some 80,000 people. Three days earlier, the United States had dropped another atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing up to 140,000. President Truman ordered the bombings to save the lives of an estimated 1 million troops who could have been killed in a land invasion of Japan.

U.S. Charge d’Affaires James P. Zumwalt, the first American representative to attend the Nagasaki memorial service, said in a statement that President Obama hoped to work with Japan toward his goal “of realizing a world without nuclear weapons.”


Government bars Arroyo from foreign travel

MANILA | The government on Tuesday barred former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from traveling abroad because of pending corruption cases against her.

Mrs. Arroyo, now a member of Congress, is facing plunder charges, alleging she illegally used tens of millions of dollars in government funds partly to fund her election campaign. She has denied the charges.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered Mrs. Arroyo included on the immigration “watch list” for 60 days unless it is extended.


8 Americans expelled for preaching Christianity

TASHKENT | The secular Muslim state of Uzbekistan has expelled eight U.S. nationals on charges of attempting to convert local Uzbeks to Christianity, a state-run website said on Tuesday.

Posing as businessmen or English language teachers, the Americans “carried out unlawful missionary activity to attract Uzbek students to Protestant dogma,” the Russian-language gorizont.uz website said.

“Notably, the foreigners were fluent in Uzbek and called themselves with Uzbek names such as Jahongir, Husan, Jasur, Farhod,” the report said.

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