Japanese release lights to mark Hiroshima bombing anniversary
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Thousands of people released floating paper lanterns onto the Motoyasu river in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on Thursday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city by the United States. Locals and foreigners alike wrote messages for a peaceful future on paper lanterns before floating them along the river in traditional Japanese custom. Over 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on the city.