World's largest hedge fund in line for government aidHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? A Connecticut commission is expected to approve a $22 million loan and grant package to help the world's largest hedge fund upgrade its offices.
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Village where children climb cliffside ladder may get stairs
BEIJING (AP) ? A village in China's mountainous west where schoolchildren must climb an 800-meter (2,625-foot)-high bamboo ladder secured to a sheer cliff face may get a set of steel stairs to improve safety.
Russia announces 'unprecedented' military boost on disputed Kurils
Russia's defence ministry said Friday it was taking unprecedented measures to upgrade its military facilities on the far-eastern Kuril islands claimed by Japan. Colonel-General Sergei Surovikin, commander of the eastern military district, announced the launch of "unprecedented measures to develop military infrastructure in the area", the ministry said in a statement. Russia has military bases on the Kuril Pacific archipelago, while Japan claims four of the islands in a dispute that has simmered since World War II, preventing the countries ever signing a peace treaty.
Obama pays tribute at Hiroshima nuclear memorial
Barack Obama paid moving tribute Friday to victims of the world's first nuclear attack, during a historic visit to Hiroshima. In a soaring speech watched by survivors of the atomic blast, Obama said the bomb that rent the city on August 6, 1945 "demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself". Obama, whose predecessor Harry Truman made the decision to launch the world's first nuclear strike, greeted ageing survivors and embraced one elderly man who appeared overcome with emotion.
Czech Republic, Finland, Russia name final World Cup rostersPRAGUE (AP) ? The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey in September.
Country music takes over Baton Rouge this weekendNEW ORLEANS (AP) ? Country music fans descend on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the Memorial Day weekend to hear some of the hottest performers in the genre including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Eric Church as part of the 2016 Bayou County Superfest.
Biometric data of over 100 UK terrorism suspects lost - watchdogMistakes by British police and security services have meant the fingerprint and DNA records of more than 100 terrorism suspects have been lost, Britain's biometrics watchdog said on Friday. Biometrics Commissioner Alastair MacGregor said that between October 2013 and March 2016, the records of some 810 people had been deleted before national security checks had been carried out to see whether they should have been kept. Of these, MacGregor said that in at least 108 cases, the biometric data would have been retained because of security concerns.
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Japan's oldest elephant dies, aged 69
Japanese animal lovers were mourning the death of the country's oldest elephant, Hanako, on Friday, who passed away "quietly" aged 69 after triggering protests over her captivity. Hanako, which means "Flower Child" in Japanese, became something of a cause celebre last year following an international campaign to improve the ageing pachyderm's cramped living conditions. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest known elephant was Lin Wang, an Asian elephant who lived until the grand old age of 86 and died in 2003 at Taipei Zoo.