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There's history behind worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute

Aug. 18, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A runaway train. Crashing billiard balls. A compound fracture. Journalists and academics in Seoul have been running out of colorful descriptions for an intensifying dispute between South Korea and Japan over history and trade that has sent always shaky relations plummeting...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Aug. 15, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

Protesters massed inside Hong Kong's airport, paralyzing flight operations with their demonstrations while appealing to travelers to hear their pro-democracy messages. The protests held in the city since early June have increasingly been marked by spasms of mob violence and clashes with police. Amid fears China...

France honors African veterans of World War II landings

Aug. 15, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's sometimes called "the forgotten D-Day," the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember it 75 years on — and especially, to honor the many soldiers from African sent from...

From D-Day to Nazi defeat: Marking World War II milestones

Aug. 15, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For Allied troops in Europe, D-Day was just the beginning of a long and bloody push toward victory over the Nazis. Ten weeks after commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France is paying tribute this week to Allied troops involved in another major, but often...

S. Korea's Moon calls for talks to end trade row with Japan

Aug. 15, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered an olive branch to Japan to end an ongoing trade dispute Thursday, saying Seoul will "gladly join hands" if Tokyo wants to talk. Moon in a nationally televised speech also downplayed the threat posed by North Korea's recent short-range...

Japan's new emperor remorseful in 1st war anniversary speech

Aug. 15, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Naruhito expressed "deep remorse" over Japan's role in World War II in his first appearance at the annual ceremony marking the end of the hostilities. The 59-year-old Naruhito is Japan's first emperor born after the war, and his remarks Thursday closely followed the stance of his...

Today in History

Aug. 15, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2019. There are 138 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon announced a 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents. On this date: In 1483, the Sistine Chapel was consecrated by Pope Sixtus IV. In...

Top of the polls, German politician downplays far-right past

Aug. 13, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A quarter-century since his first foray into Germany's far-right movement, Andreas Kalbitz is poised to lead it to one of its biggest triumphs. Kalbitz, 46, could be the big winner in next month's state elections in Brandenburg, where he heads the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party....

Poland honors wartime group that collaborated with Nazis

Aug. 11, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi German forces toward the end of the war in their battle against the Communists, who were imposing control on the nation. A Mass in Warsaw opened ceremonies...

New AMC drama follows Japanese American internment horror

Aug. 10, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The second season of an AMC-TV drama series follows the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and a number of bizarre deaths haunting a community. "The Terror: Infamy" is set to premiere Monday and stars Derek Mio and original "Star Trek" cast member George Takei as...