10 things you need to know today: July 8, 2022

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1. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assassinated

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died Friday after being shot as he spoke at a fellow politician's campaign event ahead of Sunday elections for the upper house of Japan's parliament. Public broadcaster NHK reported that Abe, 67, was rushed to a hospital showing no vital signs after being hit in the neck and chest. TV footage aired by NHK showed Abe delivering a speech when a plume of smoke rose behind him, at least two gunshots rang out, and he collapsed with blood on his shirt. A suspect was arrested on attempted murder charges, and police seized a double-barrel gun that appears to be handmade. Shootings are rare in Japan, which has some of the world's strictest gun laws.

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