Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is seen with the atomic bomb dome (L) during the 71st memorial service for the A-bomb victims in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 2016. / AFP / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS
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Japan Saturday marked 71 years since the city of Hiroshima was destroyed by a U.S. atomic bomb, as its mayor urged the world to unite in abolishing nuclear weapons.The annual ceremony came just months after Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the western Japanese city, paying moving tribute to victims of the devastating bomb.During the solemn ceremony, Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui recalled the visit by Obama in his peace declaration, citing the president's historic speech.Obama in May embraced survivors as he made his visit to the city and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.A second bomb destroyed the city of Nagasaki three days later.
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