August 8, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.The second straight day of shelling near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine has fueled concerns in the international community. Ukraine’s nuclear power company Energoatom says an area near a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel came under attack on Saturday.
2.Worshipers gathered on Sunday for the first summertime cleaning in three years of the Great Buddha statue in the ancient capital of Nara in western Japan. The cleaning of the 15-meter-high statue is designed to refresh the Buddha’s appearance ahead of the midsummer Bon festival, when people pay respects to their ancestors.
3.The US Senate has approved a 430-billion-dollar bill to combat climate change and lower healthcare costs. The legislation calls for spending to promote renewable energy use and other measures while raising taxes on major businesses to fund them.