Japan players pose for a photo after earning a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics men's volleyball tournament with a straight-sets victory over Slovenia on the penultimate day of Olympic qualifying in Tokyo on Oct. 7, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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


Over 710 dead after Hamas attack from Gaza, Israel retaliation

JERUSALEM - Over 710 people have died in a large-scale attack originating from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militant group Hamas and retaliatory strikes it provoked from Israel, local authorities and media reported Sunday.

At least 400 people have been killed in Israel since Hamas launched thousands of rockets by surprise early Saturday morning attack, local broadcaster Channel 12 reported, while more than 310 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.


Strong quakes in Afghanistan leave over 2,000 dead: AP

ISLAMABAD - Over 2,000 people died in western Afghanistan on Saturday following a series of earthquakes, some reaching a magnitude of 6.3, The Associated Press reported on Sunday, citing a Taliban government spokesman.

The spokesman, Abdul Wahid Rayan, also reportedly said about six villages in hardest-hit Herat province were destroyed and hundreds of people remained buried under rubble.


Rugby: Japan miss out on World Cup q'final spot

NANTES, France - Japan's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup were dashed by Argentina on Sunday as a hat-trick of tries by wing Mateo Carreras helped the Pumas to a 39-27 win in a highly entertaining game in front of 33,624 fans at Stade de la Beaujoire.

The reward for Argentina is a game against Pool C winners Wales in Marseilles next Saturday for a place in the semifinals, while Japan fly home with their heads held high following a valiant display against a side that has the benefit of playing regularly in a top-tier tournament.


Japan to host CO2 reduction summit in Dec. with ASEAN, Aus.: sources

TOKYO - Japan plans to host a leaders' meeting on reducing carbon emissions with most ASEAN members and Australia in December, Japanese government sources said Sunday.

The summit in Tokyo will be held under the Asia Zero Emission Community framework launched by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government last year, aimed at promoting decarbonization in the fast-growing Asian region.


Asian Games: 19th Asian Games come to end in Hangzhou, China

HANGZHOU, China - The 19th Asian Games ended Sunday with a closing ceremony in Hangzhou, China, after more than two weeks of competition involving 12,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang attended the wrap-up event in this eastern China city, whereas at the Sept. 23 opening ceremony, President Xi Jinping was present to declare the start of the Games.


U.N. forum on internet governance begins in Kyoto, focus on AI

TOKYO - A U.N. forum on public policy issues regarding the internet began in Kyoto on Sunday with focus on artificial intelligence and measures against disinformation.

The results of the discussions at the Internet Governance Forum scheduled through Thursday will be utilized for the Hiroshima AI Process, in which the Group of Seven industrialized nations will establish rules on AI-related topics.


Low-emission hydrogen production may grow 40-fold by 2030: IEA

TOKYO - The amount of hydrogen produced in eco-friendly ways across the world could expand about 40 times in eight years from 2022, a recent study by the International Energy Agency showed.

Global hydrogen output by water electrolysis or other means with low carbon dioxide emissions could grow to 38 megatons in 2030 from less than 1 megaton last year, which was "very similar to in 2021," according to the IEA's Global Hydrogen Review 2023.


New Japan air force space office to promote business collaboration

TOKYO - The Japan Air Self-Defense Force has opened an office in Tokyo to share information on outer space with businesses and research institutions.

The Oct. 2 launch of the Japan Space Collaboration and Innovation Office is part of the country's effort to boost defense capacity in space, where competition among major powers such as the United States, China and Russia has been intensifying.


Gymnastics: Kazuki Minami wins 2nd world championships floor exercise silver

ANTWERP, Belgium - Japan's Kazuki Minami took silver in the men's floor exercise at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday, finishing in the same position as he did at the 2021 edition.

Minami logged 14.666 points to finish just 0.200 behind Artem Dolgopyat of Israel. Milad Karimi of Kazakhstan was third with 14.600 while Japan's men's all-around champion Daiki Hashimoto, who came second on the floor last year, ended seventh in Antwerp, Belgium.


Japan PM says aiming to pass extra budget in upcoming Diet session

TOKYO - Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Saturday he aims to get a fiscal 2023 supplementary budget for funding a new economic package passed during an extraordinary parliamentary session, to be convened on Oct. 20.

As the extra budget is expected to be passed by parliament in late November at the earliest, and given his government's diplomatic and domestic policy schedules for December, Kishida has little room left to call a snap election by the year-end.


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