SEOUL -- South Korea voiced "deep disappointment and regret" Wednesday over Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's ritual offering to the notorious war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, seen as a symbol of the colonial and militaristic past of Japan.
The Seoul foreign ministry said in a statement that the government expresses deep disappointment and regret over the repeated ritual offerings and visits by the Japanese government and parliamentary leaders to the shrine, which beautifies Japan's colonial plunder and war of aggression. (South Korea-Japan-Yasukuni Shrine-Regret)
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NEW DELHI -- India recorded 295,041 new COVID-19 cases and 2,023 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the caseload to 15,616,130 and the death toll to 182,553, according to data released by the health ministry on Wednesday.
There are still 2,157,538 active cases in the country, with an increase of 125,561 through Tuesday, while 13,276,039 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals. (India-COVID-19 cases)
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MANILA -- Rescuers retrieved four bodies of 20 missing crew members aboard a cargo vessel that ran aground off the coast of Surigao del Norte province in the southern Philippines, a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Wednesday.
PCG spokesperson Armando Balilo said seven sailors had been rescued. Search and rescue operations were still underway to find the remaining nine missing sailors, he added. (Philippines-Vessel accident)
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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Wednesday reported 1,458 COVID-19 cases and two deaths, according to Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Of the new cases, 1,454 were local transmissions, including 365 in the capital Bangkok where the recent outbreak originated, and four others were imported cases, CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said. (Thailand-COVID-19 cases)