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Abe's third term: A chance for constitutional change?

Sep. 20, 2018 1:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected Thursday to a third term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, paving the way for him to serve as prime minister for up to three more years. Key things to know about Abe and his policies: ___ NEARLY 6 YEARS IN OFFICE Abe, who turns...

Today in History

Sep. 15, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 15, the 258th day of 2018. There are 107 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 15, 1972, a federal grand jury in Washington indicted seven men in connection with the Watergate break-in. On this date: In 1776, British forces occupied New York City...

Baptist pastor finds calling in post-Holocaust cemeteries

Sep. 14, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

ROHATYN, Ukraine (AP) — Steven Reece pulls a shield over his face, takes a weed whacker in hand, and begins trimming tall grass in an overgrown, tick-infested Jewish cemetery in western Ukraine where tombstones lie toppled and broken. For years now, Reece, an ordained Southern Baptist minister from Texas,...

Voters to decide fate of statue marking massacre of Poles

Sep. 13, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Voters in a New Jersey community will decide whether to relocate a statue honoring Polish World War II victims after city council members took a pass on a dispute that has galvanized the local Polish community and reached across the Atlantic to the highest levels of Poland's...

Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story

Sep. 12, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up Poland...

Undersea eruption detected at Japan's Iwo Jima

Sep. 12, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Signs of undersea volcanic eruptions were detected at Iwo Jima, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II, meteorological and defense officials said Wednesday. Aerial photos taken by navy aircraft earlier Wednesday showed seawater shooting as high as 10 meters (33 feet) above...

Russia's Putin suggests long-awaited peace treaty to Japan

Sep. 12, 2018 4:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday suggested that Russia and Japan should sign a much-anticipated peace treaty formally ending hostilities from World War II before the end of the year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute, with the...

Sailor's remains from Pearl Harbor IDed as Virginia man

Sep. 11, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of a U.S. serviceman killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified as those of a Virginia man. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the sailor in a news release Tuesday as 23-year-old Navy Seaman 1st Class James W. Holzhauer. No hometown was listed....

Tennessee World War II pilot's remains IDed, will be buried

Sep. 10, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Military officials say they've accounted for the remains of a Tennessee World War II pilot killed more than 70 years ago. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says remains of Navy Reserve Ensign Harold P. DeMoss were accounted for in May and identified through "material and...

Prague station's conversion to Holocaust memorial underway

Sep. 7, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The conversion of an abandoned railway station in Prague into a memorial for the Jews who were put on trains there to Nazi concentration camps has been launched in the Czech capital. Activists have spent five years working to create the Memorial of Silence, which is meant to preserve the...