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G7 leaders back “safe and secure” Olympics

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The leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations say they support the Tokyo Games being held this year.

In a communique issued at the conclusion of the G7 Summit, the leaders stated [we] “reiterate our support for the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19”.

This is exactly the sort of endorsement Japan had been seeking from fellow G7 nations, given the considerable opposition to the games taking place.

Host city Tokyo remains under a state of emergency, as the Asian country battles a fourth wave of infections.

Despite this, the IOC has been determined to proceed with the major sporting event.

“Great encouragement”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has welcomed the G7 endorsement, telling reporters that he “won very strong support from all the leaders” and “as the Prime Minister of the host country, I was very heartened by such support”.

IOC President Thomas Bach has also welcomed the high level display of public support from G7 nations.

In a meeting with Yoshihide Suga on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, US President Joe Biden backed the Games going ahead.

“President Biden affirmed his support for the Tokyo Olympic Games moving forward with all public health measures necessary to protect athletes, staff and spectators,” a White House statement said.

“President Biden expressed pride in the US athletes who have trained for the Tokyo Games and will be competing in the best traditions of the Olympic spirit.”

The US State Department last week eased an advisory that had warned U.S. citizens not to travel to Japan, due to the COVID-19 surge in the Asian nation.

The latest advice is for US citizens to “reconsider travel”.




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Japan court rules ban on same-sex marriage is allowed

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There are concerns for equality in Japan after a court ruled a ban on same-sex marriage is not unconstitutional.

It’s a major blow for the country’s gay couples, with Japan remaining the only G-7 member nation not to allow people of the same sex to wed.

This is all despite wide-sweeping opinion polls which show a majority of the public is actually in favour of marriage equality.

Several regions have now begun issuing partnership certificates in an attempt to help impacted couples rent properties together and gain hospital visitation rights.

This most recent case in Osaka was brought forward by three same-sex couples, two male and one female.

Japan’s constitution currently defines marriage as being based on “the mutual consent of both sexes”.

The court found marriage is still defined as being only between opposite genders… noting not enough debate on same-sex marriage has taken place in the country to warrant changing this.

Under current rules, same-sex couples living in Japan are also unable to inherit their partner’s assets, and have no parental rights over their partner’s children.

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‘Sesame Street’ put a twist on ‘Friends’ intro for father’s day

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A special video from “Sesame Street” themed to the classic opening of “Friends” is bound to make you smile.

The classic educational kids’ program took to social media to share the viral clip.

The video is a full-on throwback to many of the things we loved about “Friends,” but this time seen through a lens of some of our favorite Muppets and their dads.

 “To all the fathers and father figures raising amazing kids, thank you for being there. Sing along with your favorite families from the neighborhood in this very special parody song,” Sesame Street tweeted.

Over two minutes, we get all kinds of hilarious reimaginings of “Friends” references, like a few lines of “Smelly Cat”

“We love you every day and week and month and every year,” go the lyrics.

Elijah even echoes Chandler by saying, “Could there be anything better than being a dad?”

The ending will melt your heart, in a beautiful nod to all the fathers and father figures raising kids, the much loved characters show their love for one another outside of the iconic friends fountain

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Why is Prince harrying suing the publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail?

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Prince Harry is suing Daily papers over an article published in February.

His barrister said the story about a dispute over his family’s security arrangements tried to manipulate public opinion.

But the publisher of Daily Mail said it contained “no hint of impropriety” and was not defamatory.

The story, published in the Mail on Sunday and online, referred to the prince’s separate legal case against the Home Office over security arrangements when he and his family are in the UK.

Prince Harry says it caused him “substantial hurt, embarrassment and distress, which is continuing”.

The prince’s barrister said the article suggested he had “lied in his initial public statements” by claiming to have always been willing to pay for police protection in the UK.

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