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Cannes Film Festival, born out of war, grapples with Ukraine

May. 24, 2022 21:37 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — The war in Ukraine took a starring role on the opening night of the 75th Cannes Film Festival and it has rarely been far out of frame since. The parties have continued nonstop, as has the red-carpet frenzy. But throughout the French Riviera spectacular has...

Thai archival find may resolve fate of missing WWII US flyer

May. 19, 2022 02:18 AM EDT

U-TAPAO, Thailand (AP) — The remains of an American airman who went missing in action in World War II may finally be on their way home, thanks to a chance discovery of records in flood-threatened archives in Thailand. U.S. and local authorities held a solemn ceremony Wednesday at...

Congress bestows its highest honor on WWII merchant marines

May. 18, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has bestowed its highest honor on merchant mariners who fought in World War II, almost eight decades after the conflict in which more than 8,000 of them were killed. More than two years after Congress voted to approve the award, leaders on Capitol Hill on...

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...

Western Michigan soldier who died in WWII laid to rest

May. 13, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

ZEELAND, Mich. (AP) — A soldier who died when a B-25 bomber went down in Papua New Guinea during World War II has been laid to rest in his western Michigan hometown nearly eight decades after his death. Dozens of relatives and local residents who had never met U.S. Army Air Force...

Polish diplomat hears Russia's protest to Warsaw incident

May. 11, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ambassador in Moscow was summoned to Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, two days after Russia's ambassador to Poland was splattered with red paint thrown at him by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine. Polish Ambassador Krzysztof Krajewski...

Japanese writer who documented WWII Tokyo firebombing dies

May. 11, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Katsumoto Saotome, a Japanese writer who gathered the accounts of survivors of the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo in World War II to raise awareness of the massive civilian deaths and the importance of peace, has died. He was 90. One of his publishers, Iwanami Shoten,...

Crucial NATO decisions expected in Finland, Sweden this week

May. 10, 2022 12:29 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Key decision-makers in non-aligned Finland and Sweden are set to announce their positions on NATO membership this week in what could be a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles to make decisive gains in Ukraine. If Finland’s president and the Social...

Timeline of NATO expansion since 1949

May. 10, 2022 02:56 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Finland and Sweden are nearing decisions on whether to ditch their long-standing policy of military nonalignment and join NATO in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. They would become the 31st and 32nd members of the trans-Atlantic alliance, which was founded...