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Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida to address joint session of Congress during state visit with President Biden

President Joe Biden praised Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s “bold” leadership on a series of global crises as he welcomed the Japanese leader to the White House on April 10 for wide-ranging talks that touched on the delicate security situation in the Pacific, the war in Ukraine, the Israel-Hamas conflict and more. Kishida and his wife stopped by the White House on April 9 ahead of the official visit and formal state dinner as President Joe Biden looks to celebrate a decades-long ally he sees as the cornerstone of his Indo-Pacific policy. Kishida will be the fifth world leader honored...

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Gift of Friendship: Japan promises Washington 250 new Sakura trees to mark America’s 250th birthday in 2026

Japan is giving the United States 250 new cherry trees to help replace the hundreds that are being ripped out this summer as construction crews work to repair the crumbling seawall around the capital’s Tidal Basin. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement as President Joe Biden welcomed him to the White House on April 10 for an official visit and state dinner. Biden said the gift is meant to mark the 250th anniversary of the U.S. in 2026, adding, “Like our friendship, these trees are timeless, inspiring, and thriving.” In 1912, first lady Helen Herron Taft and...

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Airstrike on aid workers: World Central Kitchen provides food to save lives but pays a price in blood

“This was not just a bad luck situation where ‘oops’ we dropped the bomb in the wrong place. This was over an area of 1.5, 1.8 kilometers, involving a very defined humanitarian convoy that had signs in the top, on the roof, a very colorful logo that we are obviously very proud of. It’s “very clear who we are and what we do. They were targeting us in a deconflicting zone, in an area controlled by IDF. They knew that it was our teams moving on that road … with three cars.” – José Andrés The deaths of seven...

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Hijab-wearing NCAA players hope to inspire other Muslim women while they play college basketball

N.C. State’s Jannah Eissa and UC Irvine’s Diaba Konate are bringing visibility and inspiration to some Muslim women by wearing hjiabs while they play basketball. They were not the first women to do it in NCAA Tournament play, but with record viewership and attendance they certainly got noticed. “Representation really matters,” said Konate, whose team lost in the first round of the tournament to Gonzaga. “Just having people, young Muslim women wearing the hijab, we’re not there yet. Just seeing us play, I think it makes me really happy because I used to have people that I was looking...

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Eid al-Fitr: How Muslims worldwide celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan

Muslims around the world will bid farewell to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and start celebrating the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Eid is marked with congregational prayers and festivities that typically include family visits, gatherings, and new clothes. This year, Eid will come just after the Israel-Hamas war crosses the somber milestone of having stretched on for half a year. During Ramadan, as Muslims around the world savored the traditions of their diverse communities, advocacy, prayers, and charity for Palestinians in Gaza were high on the minds of many. What is Eid al-Fitr? It’s an Islamic holiday marking...

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Long-private video of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run shared by Atlanta Braves fan after 50 years

Charlie Russo had an unbelievable view of Hank Aaron’s record-breaking 715th home run. Fifty years later, he is ready to share it with the world. The 81-year-old Russo released his long-private video of the moment Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s record on April 8, 1974, which he captured after surreptitiously following Aaron’s family onto the field at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Vin Scully, a legendary sportscaster in Major League Baseball, put Aaron’s home run in its proper cultural context. He also acknowledged the toll on Aaron for making baseball history. “What a marvelous moment for baseball. What a marvelous moment for...

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