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In reversal, Seoul to keep Japan military intelligence pact

Nov. 22, 2019 7:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue, at least temporarily, a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The announcement, made...

Remains of WWII soldier to be returned to family in Utah

Nov. 18, 2019 9:25 PM EST

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The remains of a solider reported missing in action during World War II will soon be returned to his family in Utah thanks to DNA technology. Helen Lower Simmons of Logan expects to receive the remains of her older brother this week, The Deseret News reported. Sgt. Max Wendell Lower was...

Minnesota woman works to identify soldiers in Dutch cemetery

Nov. 18, 2019 1:05 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When it comes to war, it’s a small world. What began as a search for the missing B-17 “Flying Fortress” co-pilot of an infamously ill-fated World War II bombing raid reunited distant family members from Minnesota and Germany. Throw in a Dutch researcher who was...

An honor to fight: WWII soldier reflects decades after war

Nov. 16, 2019 9:01 AM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Harold Stone wakes up every day and walks two miles. For most 95-year-olds this would be a difficult task. But no, not for Stone. Stone remains in Beckley, and has for the majority of his lifetime. However, from 1943 to 1946, he served overseas in WWII in the Army. This makes Stone...

Japan, S Korean envoys, execs discuss ways to cool tensions

Nov. 15, 2019 5:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Officials and business leaders from Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo on Friday seeking to cool a flare-up in tensions between the two U.S. allies. The head of Japan’s powerful Keidanren business group, Hiroaki Nakanishi, said that businesses could help bridge differences that have...

Japanese emperor performs secretive key succession ritual

Nov. 14, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito performed a secretive and controversial ritual Thursday, a once-in-a-reign event to give thanks for good harvests, pray for the peace and safety of the nation and play host to his family’s ancestral gods. Or at least that’s what experts and officials...

Explorers discover WWII submarine that sank in 1944

Nov. 13, 2019 7:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A team of ocean explorers say a U.S. submarine with 80 sailors aboard when it disappeared in 1944 has been discovered in Japanese waters. The “Lost 52 Project” announced Sunday that the World War II Submarine USS Grayback was found in June after it had disappeared in February...

Tennessee editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 4:13 PM EST

Recent editorials from Tennessee newspapers: ___ Oct. 12 The Kingsport TimesNews on ordinances to protect dogs from abuse: Johnson City is expected to take final action on a new ordinance to protect dogs from abuse by ignorant owners who permanently tether them. Bristol and Rogersville have similar laws in...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...

Iowa Marine's remains to return home 76 years after death

Nov. 12, 2019 3:31 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The remains of a Marine from Iowa will soon return to his home state 76 years after his death in World War II. The Defense Department used DNA from a niece to identify the remains of 18-year-old Pvt. Channing Whitaker, of Granger, Iowa. Whitaker died on Nov. 22, 1943 during the...