Olympics director fired over Holocaust joke

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The director of the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was fired on Thursday over accusations of a Holocaust joke he made many years ago. The organizing committee for the games dismissed Kentaro Kobayashi, just one day before the pandemic-delayed opening ceremonies are set to take place. Kobayashi allegedly used the Holocaust in a joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. The scandal is just the latest for the controversy-plagued games that has included allegations of bribes paid to International Olympic Committee members and multiple forced resignations.

Iran has begun bypassing the Strait of Hormuz after opening its first oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman. The $2 billion project is part of an effort to lessen Iran’s dependency on its main oil export terminal in the Persian Gulf and allow Iranian tankers to avoid the vulnerable and narrow Strait of Hormuz, where tensions with the United States and others often flare up. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the project “strategic” and suggested the new facility could eventually export as much as 1 million barrels of oil per day.

Church bells rang out on Thursday as thousands of people gathered at events across Norway marking 10 years since neo-Nazi, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb in Oslo, killing eight people, before traveling northwest where he shot dead another 69 people — mostly teens — on Utoya island. Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's prime minister in 2011, at the time of the attacks, said at Oslo Cathedral that, “10 years ago we met hatred with love, but the hatred is still there.” Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

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