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The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


Use of Chinese ammunition in Ukraine confirmed by U.S.: sources

WASHINGTON - The United States has confirmed that rounds of Chinese ammunition have been used in battlefields in Ukraine and suspects they were fired by Russian forces, government sources said Friday.

Whether the ammunition was supplied by China remains unclear, the U.S. administration sources said, while adding Washington is poised to take action if it is verified Beijing made the shipments.


Japan to watch developments of investigation against Putin: Kishida

TOKYO - Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday that Japan will carefully monitor the developments of an investigation against Russian President Vladimir Putin after holding talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Tokyo.

The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Putin on the grounds he has overseen the war crime of forcible deportation of Ukrainian children during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


International court issues war crime warrant against Putin over Ukraine deportations

BRUSSELS - The International Criminal Court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin on the grounds he has overseen the war crime of forcible deportation of Ukrainian children during Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the ICC's action as "historic." The Kremlin reacted strongly, with Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov calling it "outrageous" and "unacceptable," according to Interfax news agency.


3 killed as predawn fire guts house in central Japan

NAGANO, Japan - A fire gutted a two-story house in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano early Saturday, leaving three dead, police and firefighters said.

Three bodies were found in the house in Nagano that was occupied by Hitoshi Nakamura, his wife, their two children and his mother in her 90s, according to police.


Teenage girl arrested after saying she strangled man in central Japan

TOYAMA, Japan - A teenage girl was arrested on Saturday for allegedly killing a man at a hotel in Toyama Prefecture in central Japan, police said.

The 17-year-old has admitted to killing 21-year-old Kazuki Izumoto, saying she "strangled" him to death, according to the police. The two are believed to have known each other.


Japan egg prices soar amid record 16 mil. bird flu cullings

TOKYO - Egg prices are soaring in Japan as the current avian flu season sees a record 16 million birds marked for culling, impacting both the restaurant sector and households already struggling with inflation.

Egg-laying hens make up more than 90 percent of birds in the process of being culled, according to the agriculture ministry, limiting the supply of eggs and pushing prices higher.


U.N. chief condemns N. Korea's latest ICBM test-launch

NEW YORK - U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned North Korea's recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile in violation of resolutions adopted by the world body's Security Council.

A statement from his spokesman said that Guterres urges North Korea to "immediately desist" from such destabilizing actions and "fully comply with its international obligations under all relevant Security Council resolutions."


U.S. to oppose call for Ukraine cease-fire if made by Xi in Russia

WASHINGTON - The United States will oppose a call for a cease-fire in Ukraine if Chinese President Xi Jinping makes one during his upcoming state visit to Russia, a high-ranking White House official said Friday.

"We certainly don't support calls for a cease-fire that would be called for by (China) in the meeting in Moscow that would simply benefit Russia," John Kirby, White House national security spokesman, said in an online press briefing.


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