Latest World War II News

German minister tells Poland no chance for WWII reparations

Oct. 04, 2022 07:47 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister told her Polish counterpart Tuesday there will be no more World War II reparations because Berlin considers the matter is closed. Annalena Baerbock directly addressed Poland’s Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau at a news conference in...

Poland demands $1.3 trillion in war damages from Germany

Oct. 03, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s foreign minister on Monday signed an official note to Germany requesting the payment of about $1.3 trillion in reparations for the damage incurred by occupying Nazi Germans during World War II. Zbigniew Rau said the note will be handed to...

Live Updates: Russia-Ukraine War

Sep. 30, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

KIYV, Ukraine (AP) — UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has scheduled a vote for Friday afternoon on a resolution that would condemn Russia for its “illegal so-called referenda” in four Ukrainian regions and declare that they “have no validity.” The U.S.- and...

US seeks united front in Asia despite Korea, Japan tensions

Sep. 28, 2022 23:34 PM EDT

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — Standing on the deck of an American destroyer at a naval base here on Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris directly challenged China by accusing it of “disturbing behavior” and “provocations” around Taiwan. Harris said the United States would in...

Friend or foe? Japan-China ties complicated after 50 years

Sep. 28, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Friend or foe? Or both? On the streets of Tokyo and Beijing, the ties between Japan and China remain complicated and often contradictory, 50 years after the two Asian countries normalized relations as part of the process that brought Communist China into the international fold. ...

Biden looks to win over Pacific Island leaders at summit

Sep. 28, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is hosting Pacific Island leaders for a two-day summit as the U.S. looks to counter China’s military and economic influence in the region. Pacific Island leaders, meanwhile, see an even more pressing concern: climate change. Secretary of...

Schwarzenegger visits Auschwitz in message against hatred

Sep. 28, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the site of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Wednesday, meeting a Holocaust survivor and the son of Holocaust survivors and saying it is time to “terminate” hatred. The “Terminator” actor and former California...

Abe's militaristic funeral captures Japan's tense mood

Sep. 27, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leadup to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial state funeral could seem like a never-ending exchange of heated words — both for and against. But it was the images of Tuesday’s ceremony that most clearly told the story of a nation still deeply divided over...

WWII soldier from Tennessee to be buried in Washington

Sep. 26, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee native who died during World War II will be buried this week in Washington state, the Army said. Tech. Sgt. Ross H. Thompson died Dec. 10, 1942, at age 50. He was reported captured with thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members when forces...

Politics impede long-advocated growth of UN Security Council

Sep. 26, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Virtually everyone involved agrees: Almost eight decades after it came into existence, the powerful U.N. Security Council needs to expand, to evolve, to include more voices. But as with so many things, the central question — and the biggest disagreement — is exactly how....