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Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

May. 15, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday urged Japan's central government to do more to reduce the U.S. military presence in the southern island group as it marked the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan after 27 years of American rule, amid frustration and bitterness over a lack...

EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

May. 13, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan on May 15, 1972, which ended 27 years of U.S. rule after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II was fought on the southern Japanese island. The day is being marked with more bitterness than joy...

US Army identifies soldier who died after Alaska bear attack

May. 12, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army on Thursday identified the soldier who died this week of injuries sustained during a bear attack in a military training area in Alaska. The Army in a statement said Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant, 30, was pronounced dead at a hospital on Joint...

Chinese ambassador says Solomons pact no threat to Australia

May. 12, 2022 06:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese ambassador says China’s engagement with South Pacific island countries poses no threat to Australia, responding to fears that Beijing will establish a military foothold in the Solomon Islands. China’s envoy to Australia, Xiao Qian, attempted...

Australia aware of China plans for Solomon Islands wharves

May. 09, 2022 08:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said on Monday he was aware of China’s ambitions in the southwest Pacific after a newspaper reported plans by Beijing to build wharves, shipyards and underwater cables in the Solomon Islands. The Australian newspaper...

WWI Navy hero may get Medal of Honor 52 years after death

May. 08, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Frederick Riefkohl was the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy. A World War I hero who led a successful showdown with a German submarine. And a World War II ship commander who retired as a rear admiral — he even has his own Wikipedia page. ...

Australian leader silent on reaction to feared Chinese base

May. 08, 2022 09:42 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Sunday refused to say how his government might respond if China attempted to establish a military base less than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) off the Australian coast on the Solomon Islands. Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Jill Biden brings thanks, ketchup to US troops in Romania

May. 06, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU AIR BASE, Romania (AP) — Delivering good cheer — and gallons of ketchup — Jill Biden on Friday thanked U.S. troops deployed to Romania for serving as a check against Russian aggression as she opened a two-country European trip to learn about the refugee crisis caused by...

Troops injured after helicopter's hard landing in Virginia

May. 06, 2022 14:51 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — U.S. service members were injured Thursday when a helicopter they were riding in made a hard landing at a military base in Virginia, U.S. Navy officials said in a statement Friday. The service members were participating in a routine training at Joint...

Japan's Okinawa urges government to reduce China tensions

May. 06, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan should focus more on peaceful diplomacy with China instead of on military deterrence as tensions rise around Chinese-claimed Taiwan, the governor of the nearby southern Japanese island of Okinawa said Friday. He also urged that the burden on Okinawa of hosting a majority of the...