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Asia & Pacific | Japan’s popular emperor abdicates in short ceremony at Imperial Palace

By Simon Denyer 8-10 minutes Simon Denyer Tokyo bureau chief covering Japan, North Korea and South Korea. April 30, 2019 TOKYO — Japan’s Emperor Akihito formally abdicated on Tuesday in a short ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Tuesday, giving way to his son after the weight of official duties became too much for the 85-year-old. Dressed in a morning coat with his wife the Empress Michiko just behind him, Akihito walked in slowly to the throne room at the Imperial Palace. He was thanked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his service to the nation, before making a short speech that encapsulated the peaceful and humble outlook that marked his reign. “Since ascending the throne 30 years ago, I have performed my duties as the emperor with a deep sense of trust in and respect for the people, and I consider myself fortunate to have been able to do so,” he said in his last public address in the role. “I s

More than 30 killed in deadliest attack on Indian security forces in Kashmir in 3 decades

By Joanna Slater 3-4 minutes Indian soldiers examine debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district Feb. 14, 2019. (Stringer/Reuters) NEW DELHI — A massive bomb exploded on a highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, killing more than 30 Indian security personnel, according to police. The death toll makes it the worst militant attack in the restive region since the conflict began in 1989. The attack occurred Thursday afternoon near the city of Srinagar as a security convoy traveled down a heavily guarded stretch of road. Media reports indicate that a car laden with explosives detonated near a bus carrying Indian paramilitary forces. Dozens were injured.high “It’s a terror incident, and we are looking into the possibility of what led to this blast,” S.P. Pani, chief of Kashmir’s police, told reporters.  The killings are likely to inflame tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan, which both claim the Hima