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    Hiroshima marks 70 years since the bomb

    Hiroshima, Japan marked 70 years since the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city during WW2 at 8.15 this morning. Representatives from more than 100 countries attended. Among them was Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador to Japan and Under Secretary for arms control, Rose Gottemoeller.

    On a sweltering day in the Japanese city, tens of thousands of people lowered their heads and stood in silence at 8.15am, the time the bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945, killing 80,000 people instantly and another 60,000 in the months that followed.

    The story behind one artifact was published as a children's book by survivor Tatsuharu Kodama in 1995. "Shin's Tricycle" tells what happened to a 3-year-old boy named Shinichi Tetsutani....Shin was missing in the chaos immediately following the attack. His family frantically searched for him among the wreckage of his destroyed home. They found Shin pinned under a house beam, badly hurt. "His face was bleeding and swollen," the book reads. "He was too weak to talk but his hand still held the red handlebar grip from his tricycle.
    Shin died the same night but his bicycle was later gifted to the Hiroshima Museum.

    The city of Nagasaki will hold a ceremony to commemorate its bombing Sunday.

    We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance

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