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Japan PM Abes party favorite to win upper house

Japan PM Abe's party favorite to win upper house

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is expected to hold on to its majority in the upper house. But it's unclear if he'll win enough support to revise the country's post-war pacifist constitution.
  • The German carrier had canceled its flights to the Egyptian capital over unspecified safety concerns. British Airways flights to Cairo remain suspended due to a heightened risk of terrorism.
  • The Marella Discovery picked up 111 migrants, including 33 children, near Greece's Peloponnese peninsula. Despite a large fall in migrants crossing the Mediterranean, six people die each day making the journey.
  • Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee says it has relaunched migrant rescues off Libya, seven months after it was forced to abandon its activities. The new mission comes after a standoff between Italy and Sea-Watch 3.
  • For a seventh weekend, tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong are protesting and demanding more autonomy from China. Two more people have been arrested after an explosives find linked to a pro-independence group.
  • London has denounced Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf as a hostile act. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Europe is trying to prevent an uncontrollable military escalation.
  • Several firefighters have been injured while working to contain wildfires in central Portugal, with the blazes exacerbated by strong wind. Authorities have deployed a small army contingent to help combat the fires.
  • Nearly 150 million people from the Midwest to the Atlantic coast are sweating through scorching temperatures, with New York declaring a heat emergency. At least three people have died, and many events have been canceled.
  • Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said Greece will ease taxes on its citizens while upholding austerity targets set by foreign lenders. The new premier vowed growth plans would be a pleasant surprise for Europe.
  • Sunday's parliamentary vote in Ukraine will mark a turning point for the country. The legislature may gain many new young faces or see pro-Russia elements receive a boost in support.
  • British Airways has suspended flights to Cairo for seven days over what Britain's Foreign Office has called a heightened risk of terrorism. Lufthansa has also temporarily canceled its flights to the Egyptian capital.
  • Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli the creator of several of the world's tallest towers has died at the age of 92. The designer of Malaysia's Petronas Towers, Pelli leaves a legacy that spans continents.
  • Agnes Heller, a dissident under Hungary's communist regime, was a fierce critic of current Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his nationalist politics. The Holocaust survivor lost most of her family in concentration camps.
  • Boris Johnson's ubiquity these days can be tiresome. But as a newspaper hack in Brussels he preferred to keep a low profile. Jim Gibbons recounts the many faces of the man who could be the UK's next prime minister.
  • The US is sending troops to Saudi Arabia amid concerns that it is preparing for a war with Iran. It will be the first deployment of American forces in the kingdom since the US toppling of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime.
  • It was one of the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war. In August 1992, Bosnian Serb forces lined up Muslim prisoners on the edge of a cliff and opened fire. More than 20 years on, the victims are being laid to rest.
  • Anti-Brexit campaigners have marched through central London in a show of opposition to Britain's exit from the EU. Among the attractions was a giant balloon effigy of Britain's likely next prime minister, Boris Johnson.
  • Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has surprisingly resigned after being requested to face a special war crimes tribunal in The Hague. This will have far-reaching political consequences, says Vilma Filaj-Ballvora.
  • The Vatican has opened two burial chambers in an attempt to solve the case of an Italian teenager who vanished 36 years ago. In a twist, experts are also looking for the remains of two 19th century German princesses.
  • The introduction of a social media tax a year ago in Uganda caused an outcry from government critics and rights groups. And today, even some of the staunchest supporters of the tax are no longer convinced.