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Chinese state media said that the "atomic bombings of Japan were of its own making," ahead of a historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday by U.S. President Barack Obama.
 
The atomic blast in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 killed 140,000 people; tens of thousands died instantly, while the rest succumbed to injuries or illness in the weeks, months and years afterward.
 
The disputed rocks and reefs of the South China Sea are more than an ocean away from the landlocked African nation of Niger. But that has not stopped the strife-ridden, largely desert country of 17 million people adding its voice to a growing diplomatic chorus that Beijing says supports its rejection of an international tribunal hearing on the waters.
 
The political opposition pushing for the removal of Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro has vowed fresh protests this week in the volatile South American state.
 
Japan and the United States have forged one of the world's most enduring -- some would say improbable -- relationships in the seven decades since American atomic bombs laid waste to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing 200,000 people.
 
The U.S. killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour marks a significant shift for President Barack Obama, highlighting a new willingness to target the group's leaders in Pakistan and risk retaliatory attacks against struggling Afghan security forces.
 
Venezuela is sinking deeper into political and economic chaos, but the international response has been timid so far -- and is unlikely to put much pressure on an unbending President Nicolas Maduro, analysts say.
 
The lackluster global economy should take center stage as world leaders gather in Japan this week, but with no agreement likely on igniting growth, Barack Obama's visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima looks set to capture the limelight.
 
Global leaders and key NGOs gather in Istanbul on Monday for an unprecedented U.N.-backed summit aimed at transforming the world's response to humanitarian crises, despite skepticism the talks will have little impact.
 
Cuba is bracing for rough waters ahead as it navigates a political sea change in Latin America, where the left is fighting an outgoing tide.
 
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