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Japan PM purges Cabinet after support falls over church ties

Aug. 10, 2022 20:49 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent bid to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church over its ties to the assassinated leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party members. The reshuffle,...

Ex-Philippine leader and democracy defender Ramos is buried

Aug. 09, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos was laid to rest in a state funeral Tuesday, hailed as an ex-general who backed and then helped oust a dictatorship and became a defender of democracy and a can-do reformist in his poverty-wracked Asian country. ...

Today in History: July 29, Charles marries Diana

Jul. 29, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, July 29, the 210th day of 2022. There are 155 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony at St. Paul’s...

Japan Cabinet sets Abe state funeral amid mixed public view

Jul. 22, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet on Friday formally decided to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid national debate over the plan, which some criticize as an attempt to glorify a divisive political figure. Abe was gunned down earlier...

Japan extends detention for Abe's alleged assassin

Jul. 19, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have obtained court approval to extend the detention of the suspect in former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination earlier this month for 10 more days until they file formal charges. Abe, one of Japan’s most influential politicians, was...

Police probe of Abe security lapse begins as Japan mourns

Jul. 15, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials from Japan's top police agency began their probe into security lapses blamed for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assassination a week ago Friday in western Japan, where people brought flowers to pray for the influential but divisive former leader. ...

Japan PM blames police for death of former leader Shinzo Abe

Jul. 14, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday blamed inadequate police protection for the death of former leader Shinzo Abe, who was shot last week while giving an outdoor campaign speech. Abe, one of Japan's most influential politicians, was assassinated last...

WWII Medal of Honor recipient to lie in honor at US Capitol

Jul. 03, 2022 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, will lie in honor at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday. A date and other details will be announced...

Nigeria funeral for church attack victims draws anger, tears

Jun. 17, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria held a state funeral Friday for nearly two dozen of the worshippers killed by gunmen at a church service earlier this month as church officials urged authorities to take swift action to avoid future tragedies. Mourners paid their respects to 22 of the...

Today in History: June 9, Burger confirmed as chief justice

Jun. 09, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 9, the 160th day of 2022. There are 205 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 9, 2004, the body of Ronald Reagan arrived in Washington to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda before...