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Top militant linked to beheadings surrenders in Philippines

Aug. 13, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A leading terror suspect who has been linked to beheadings of hostages, including two Canadians and a Malaysian, has surrendered after being wounded in battle, officials said Friday. National police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said Thursday night that Abu Sayyaf commander Anduljihad...

This photo combination shows digital colorization, left, by Anju Niwata and Hidenori Watanave, and original black and white file photo that smoke rises around 20,000 feet above Hiroshima, Japan, after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Aug. 6, 1945. Niwata and Watanave are adding color to pre-war and wartime photographs using a combination of methods. These include AI technologies, but also traditional methods to fill the gaps in automated coloring. These include going door to door interviewing survivors who track back childhood memories, and communicating on social media to gather information from a wider audience. The team has brought to life more than a thousand black-and-white photographs that illustrate the pre-war lives of ordinary people and chronicles the onset and destruction caused by World War II. (Anju Niwata & Hidenori Watanave via AP)

Melting 'frozen memories,' AI helps Japanese recall war days

Aug. 13, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When Tokuso Hamai saw the colorized version of an old black-and-white photo of a picnic held under cherry tree blossoms sometime before World War II, forgotten memories of family members, most of whom died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, came pouring out. “In colorized...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, file photo, the twin beams of the annual Tribute in Light commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks shine amid the city's skyline, in New York. The twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center towers won’t be beamed into the sky during the 2020 memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, because of concerns about the coronavirus and the health of work crews. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Twin beams of light won't shine during 9/11 tribute in NYC

Aug. 13, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center towers won't be beamed into the sky during this year's memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, organizers of the annual ceremony said Thursday. Michael Frazier, a...

Kisako Motoki, 86, speaks, looking though a red cellophane depicting what she saw the atmosphere of the night of the Great Tokyo Air Raid on March 10, 1945, during an interview with the Associated Press at the Center for the Tokyo Raids and War Damage in Tokyo Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  In Japan, war orphans were punished for surviving. They were bullied. They were called trash, sometimes rounded up by police and put in cages. Some were sent to institutions or sold for labor. They were targets of abuse and discrimination. Now, 75 years after the war's end, some are revealing their untold stories of recovery and pain, underscoring Japan’s failure to help its own people. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

75 years later, Japan war orphans tell of pain, recovery

Aug. 13, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For years, orphans in Japan were punished just for surviving the war. They were bullied. They were called trash and left to fend for themselves on the street. Police rounded them up and threw them in jail. They were sent to orphanages or sold for labor. They were abandoned by their...

FILE - In this May 25, 2020 file photo, the Iranian oil tanker Fortune is anchored at the dock of the El Palito refinery near Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.  U.S. officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that the Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned. (AP Photo/Ernesto Vargas, File)

Officials: U.S. seizes Iranian gas heading for Venezuela

Aug. 13, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said Thursday, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned allies. Last month, federal prosecutors in Washington...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  The Justice Department has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant organization abroad, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, relied on to raise money for their operations, officials announced Thursday.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

US seizes virtual currency alleged to fund militant groups

Aug. 13, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Thursday that it has seized millions of dollars from cryptocurrency accounts that militant groups, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State, relied on to finance their organizations and violent plots. Law enforcement officials said the groups used the accounts...

FILE - In this July 19, 1996, file photo, American swimmer Janet Evans passes the Olympic flame to Muhammad Ali during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

A flame, a look, one of the Olympics' most powerful moments

Aug. 13, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the...

CORRECTS PHRASE IN CAPTION TO CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW INSTEAD OF CLIMATE CHANGE NOW- Members of an environmental group hang a banner that reads “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW” on the iconic Citgo sign near Boston's Fenway Park in Kenmore Square on Monday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Boston. The group unfurled the banner Monday evening as the Red Sox began their game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway. A spokesman for the group, Extinction Rebellion Boston, told The Boston Globe that it was hoping to bring attention to environmental issues. (Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via AP)

Climate activists hang banner on Boston's iconic Citgo sign

Aug. 13, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Members of an activist group hung a banner that read “CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW” on the iconic Citgo sign near Boston’s Fenway Park, leading to eight arrests, police said. The group unfurled the banner Monday evening as the Red Sox began their game against the Tampa Bay Rays...

FILE - This Saturday morning, July 27, 1996, file photo shows an overview of Centennial Park in Atlanta after an explosion struck a tower near a stage where thousands of people were watching a concert(AP Photo/Clive Brooks, File)

AP WAS THERE: 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Aug. 13, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was sent on the AP wire in the early-morning hours of July 27, 1996, as the city of Atlanta awakened to news of a deadly bombing in...