Japan has issued a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western districts to curb a surge in the coronavirus just three months ahead of the Olympics. AP's Charles De Ledesma has details. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo and three other cities from April 25 through to May 11. Japan's third emergency since the pandemic comes only a month after an earlier toothless emergency ended in the Tokyo area. This time, after a law stipulating virus measures was toughened in February, authorities can issue binding orders for businesses to shorten their hours or close. Suga says the step is intended to stop people from traveling over upcoming holidays. I'm Charles De Ledesma.
Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said Friday he would begin gradually ending a hunger strike. He had called to demand proper medical care. Reuters Lauren Anthony reports. Navalny's announcement came on the 24th day of his hunger strike after a medical trade union that supports him and which has treated him in the past appealed to him to start eating again or risk death. The worsening health of President Vladimir Putin's biggest domestic opponent and the authorities' initial failure to give him the treatment he demanded has triggered a Western diplomatic offensive designed to cajole Moscow into making concessions. In an Instagram post arranged via his lawyers on Friday, Navalny said he was still demanding that he be seen by a doctor of his own choosing, and that he was losing feeling in parts of his legs and arms. He said, however, that he had been twice seen by civilian doctors and undergone tests. That's Reuters Lauren Anthony. Reporting by remote, I'm David Byrd, VOA News.