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Man gets 2.5 years in prison for attack on US airman

Jul. 11, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A jujitsu instructor has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for punching and stomping on the head of a U.S. airman at a bar on an Air Force base in Japan. Rodrigo Gomez, 44, was convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter, assault and other charges in April. U.S. District...

Japan's biggest warship offers clue to military ambitions

Jul. 3, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

ABOARD THE JS IZUMO (AP) — One of Japan's largest warships, the helicopter carrier Izumo, offers a glimpse of where its military is headed: For the first time, troops from a newly formed amphibious brigade of Japan's army participated in an extended naval deployment. The Izumo left Subic, a former U.S....

US Navy expert: Damage to Japanese-owned oil tanker 'not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship'

Jun. 19, 2019 7:03 AM EDT
US NAVY 5th FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US Navy expert: Damage to Japanese-owned oil tanker 'not consistent with an external flying object hitting the ship'

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

Mothers say Air Force fails amid child sex assaults reports

Jun. 12, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

To the mothers, the 13-year-old boy appeared largely unsupervised as he roamed among the clusters of townhomes on the U.S. Air Force base in Japan. It would have been unremarkable — the neighborhood was full of kids — except that young girls were starting to report the boy had led them from play and...

Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups

May. 30, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Russia and Japan accused each other of military buildups as their foreign and defense ministers met in Tokyo on Thursday for talks that failed to make progress on decades-long island disputes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint news conference after the talks that Russia...

The Latest: Trump heads back to US after 4-day Japan visit

May. 28, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Japan (all times local): 1:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is on his way back to the United States after a four-day visit to Japan. Trump and first lady Melania Trump said goodbye to Japanese officials on a rain-slicked tarmac in Tokyo. During his...

Trump wishes 'happy Memorial Day' to US, Japanese troops

May. 27, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

ABOARD THE USS WASP (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished "Happy Memorial Day" to U.S. service members aboard an American assault ship docked in Japan. They shouted "U.S.A. U.S.A." Trump called them a "tough bunch of people" and dubbed them "daring and mighty warriors in the Pacific." The...