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TOKYO -- The tourist boat that sank off Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido last month was raised from the bottom of the sea bed on the second attempt Friday and taken by barge to a local port.

The vessel will then be brought ashore as early as Sunday and fully drained, according to the Japan Coast Guard. (Japan-Boat-Investigation)

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MANILA -- The Philippines will no longer require a pre-departure COVID-19 test from May 30 for inbound travelers who have got a booster jab as part of the government's measures to revive the pandemic-hit economy.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the new rule to ease further the travel requirements is to encourage more tourists to visit the country and "make it more convenient for tourists." (Philippines-Booster jab-Travel Requirements)

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NEW DELHI -- The ongoing floods in India's northeastern state of Assam have affected over half a million people and killed 30 people so far, officials said Friday.

The local authorities have set up 365 relief camps and distribution centers in six districts, where 66,836 people, including 13,988 children, are taking shelter. (India-Floods) Enditem

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