TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee had a simple message for fellow members of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Yoshiro Mori says the games will go on “no matter what situation would be with the coronavirus.” Mori is also a former Japanese prime minister. He has been the main cheerleader for several weeks in Japan and has been backed in Switzerland by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach as reports have swirled that the Olympics might be canceled. The IOC has aggressively pushed back and says the Olympics will open on July 23.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Hidden away in a dark corner of central Baghdad is the most unlikely of businesses: a bar. Its owner, a Syrian migrant, opened the establishment a few weeks ago as a refuge for a hand-picked clientele that wants to evade the stigma of drinking alcohol in a conservative, Muslim-majority society. He also hopes to put food on the table for his family back home in war-ravaged Syria. But being a barman in Baghdad is a dangerous job these days, and alcohol shops are routinely targeted by disapproving militia groups. He says “this place is not for everyone” but that he feels a responsibility to protect his workers and clients.