What's Next: August 6, 2016

People holding paper lanterns march around the Atomic Bomb Dome (top) to comfort souls of the victims killed by the atomic bombing during World War II in 1945, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 5.
People holding paper lanterns march around the Atomic Bomb Dome (top) to comfort souls of the victims killed by the atomic bombing during World War II in 1945, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 5. PHOTO: EPA

Thai referendum tomorrow

Thailand's junta will hold the country's first vote in more than two years, with a referendum tomorrow on a new Constitution that would extend the military's influence for years to come.

The referendum, say experts, will also be the first major test of the junta's popularity.

Remembering Hiroshima bombing

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony today, 71 years after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Some in Japan demand an apology from the US for the 140,000 lives lost, but President Barack Obama did not give one when he paid tribute to the victims during a May trip to Hiroshima, ground zero of the world's first nuclear attack.

Olympic competitions kick off

The 2016 Rio Olympics begin proper today, with the start of a slew of sports competitions as athletes embark on their hunt for gold medals. Singapore's 25 Olympic athletes are set to take on the top athletes from all over the world in the next 16 days of action. Shooter Jasmine Ser will be the first Singaporean in action, as she takes part in the women's 10m air rifle event today.

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