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FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, a protester with a banner walks to attend a rally denouncing the Japanese government's decision on their exports to South Korea in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The modern legacy of a dark chapter in Japan’s history, when hundreds of thousands of people were brought from the Korean Peninsula and other Asian nations to work in logging, in mines, on farms and in factories as forced labor, lives on in the companies that came to dominate the Japanese economy after World War II. Many of those companies are still facing demands for compensation that they say were settled by treaty decades ago. The sign reads

Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors

Aug. 9, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For years, Yeom Chan-soon was haunted by the cracking sound of a leather belt eating into the flesh of a fellow Korean mine worker being punished for trying to escape from forced labor in Japan. That dark chapter in Japan’s history, when hundreds of thousands of people were brought...

This photo provided by the French Defense Ministry shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius,, Sunday Aug.9, 2020. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

Aug. 9, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of...

A man and his daughter pray for the victims of U.S. atomic bombing at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Nagasaki marked the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Sunday. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing

Aug. 9, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban. At 11:02 a.m., the moment the B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped a 4.5-ton...

Today in History

Aug. 9, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, the 222nd day of 2020. There are 144 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed 18-year-old Black man, was shot to death by a police officer following an altercation in Ferguson, Missouri; Brown’s...

With dwindling survivors, Nagasaki marks 75th anniversary of US atomic bombing that killed more than 70,000 people

Aug. 8, 2020 10:02 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — With dwindling survivors, Nagasaki marks 75th anniversary of US atomic bombing that killed more than 70,000 people.
FILE  - In this Aug. 9, 1945, file photo, a giant column of smoke rises after the second atomic bomb ever used in warfare explodes over the Japanese port town of Nagasaki. The city of Nagasaki in southern Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Aug. 9, 1945. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II and its nearly a half-century aggression toward Asian neighbors. Dwindling survivors, whose average age exceeds 83, increasingly worry about passing their lessons on to younger generations. (AP Photo, File)

Q&A: Nagasaki marks 75th A-bomb anniversary on Sunday

Aug. 7, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The city of Nagasaki in southern Japan marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing on Sunday. It was the second nuclear bomb dropped by the U.S. three days after the attack on Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, ending World War II and nearly a half-century aggression against...

FILE - People pass the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 30, 2020.  Wall Street is stalling on Friday, Aug. 7 as a whirlwind of worries about rising U.S-China tensions and whether Congress can deliver more aid for the economy threaten to halt its big run.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

S&P 500 ekes out 6th straight gain following jobs report

Aug. 7, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street’s big rally let off the accelerator on Friday, despite a better-than-expected report on the U.S. job market, amid worries about worsening U.S.-China tensions and whether Washington can deliver more aid for the economy. The S&P 500 inched up 2.12 points, or 0.1%, to...

A currency trader smiles at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Friday in lackluster trading, as the region weighed continuing trade tensions over China and optimism about more fiscal stimulus for the ailing U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares skid amid virus woes, China-US trade tensions

Aug. 7, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Friday in lackluster trading, as trade tensions between the U.S. and China offset optimism about more fiscal stimulus for the ailing U.S. economy. Investors were also awaiting a U.S. report on jobs later Friday for another gauge of the economic fallout from the...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis delivers a speech in front of the Memorial Cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan. Pope Francis on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima by calling for peace and repeating that not only the use of atomic weapons but their mere possession is immoral. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)

Pope on Hiroshima: Possession of nuclear weapons "immoral"

Aug. 6, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima by calling for peace and repeating that not only the use of atomic weapons but their mere possession is immoral. Francis sent a message to organizers of the anniversary commemoration, recalling that he had...