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Momentum builds for Japan to pass LGBTQ equality act before Tokyo Olympics

Olympic Charter rules explicitly ban “discrimination of any kind” at the Games, including discrimination based on sexual orientation. But Japan, set to host the Tokyo Olympics this summer, doesn’t have any national anti-discrimination laws for the LGBTQ community. Two different bills — one from opposition parties and one from the ruling party — have now been written for submission to the House of Representatives. The World's Bianca Hillier reports.

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Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai sentenced in Hong Kong

Top of The World: Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, was sentenced Friday in Hong Kong to 14 months in prison. And, Raúl Castro is set to step down from his post as the secretary-general of his party's eighth Congress. Also, US President Joe Biden will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday.

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CDC, FDA recommend pause of J&J coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns

Top of The World: The CDC and the FDA are recommending a pause on the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine over blood clot concerns. And, the Japanese government announced it will start releasing tons of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean. Also, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed the alliance’s support for Ukraine on Tuesday follow a recent build up of Russian troops on the country's eastern border.

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The pandemic, one year later

Top of The World: It has been one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic. And, it was 10 years ago that a 9.0 earthquake near Japan resulted in a massive tsunami, killing more than 19,000 people and setting off catastrophic meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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