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Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded his country's position as a major world power on Thursday as Beijing marked the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan with a giant show of strength in Tiananmen Square. Speaking on the Tiananmen Rostrum where Mao Zedong declared the formation of the People's Republic in 1949, Xi said "total victory" over Japan "restored China's status as a major country in the world".
A judge issued an arrest warrant for Guatemala's President Otto Perez, who faces prosecution for allegedly masterminding a huge fraud scheme, a prosecutor said, a day after he was stripped of his immunity. "The arrest warrant for the president has now been issued" by Judge Miguel Angel Galvez, who is in charge of the investigation, said Julia Barrera, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.