Japan holds controversial state funeral for Shinzo Abe
30 September 2022 | 12:52 pm
Japan has held a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July. Leaders and dignitaries from around the world attended the event. But there was also widespread opposition to the funeral due to divisions over Abe's legacy.
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Only 30 people, including his widow Queen Elizabeth, were allowed to attend, due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony saluted both his service to the Navy and support for the UK monarch.
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Security forces and members of the public clashed repeatedly as pallbearers carried the journalist's coffin. Veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head while covering an Israeli military operation.
Israel's police chief has ordered a probe into the actions of officers at the funeral of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jerusalem. Germany's top diplomat, Annalena Baerbock, said she was "deeply shocked" by the events.
Family and friends of British journalist Dom Phillips attended his funeral near Rio de Janeiro. The last rites for Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who was killed while working with Phillips, were held a day earlier.
South Africa's president calls for a crackdown on the illegal sale of alcohol to underage drinkers, as a thousand mourners turn out for the funeral of the 21 teenagers who died mysteriously in a night club. Also in the programme: protests calling for the restoration of civilian rule continue in Sudan. And finally, an international collective of dancers have been pushing back against the concept of afro dance.
Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot on Friday while campaigning for a parliamentary election, with public broadcaster NHK saying a man armed with an apparently homemade gun opened fired at him from behind.
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