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Pearl Harbor commemoration to go on after fresh tragedy

Dec. 5, 2019 10:25 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials will beef up security as usual for the ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting a fresh tragedy after a U.S. sailor killed two civilians, wounded another and then turned the gun on himself at the...

Alabama sheriff remembered as dedicated peace officer

Dec. 2, 2019 3:03 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A slain Alabama sheriff was remembered Monday as a dedicated peace officer who loved serving the people of his county. More than 2,000 mourners filled an auditorium for funeral services for Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams. Williams was shot and killed Nov. 23 at a gas station...

France pays homage to 13 soldiers killed in Mali air crash

Dec. 2, 2019 10:40 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France paid homage Monday to 13 soldiers killed while fighting Islamic State-affiliated extremists in Mali, with their coffins draped in the French tricolor at a solemn ceremony in Paris. “Freedom, alas, often carries the taste of spilt blood,” said French President Emmanuel...

Vietnam receives last of 39 remains of trafficking victims

Nov. 30, 2019 4:49 AM EST

DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — The last remains of the 39 Vietnamese who died while being smuggled in a truck to England last month were repatriated to their home country on Saturday. Photos by the official Vietnam News Agency showed the arrival at the Hanoi airport of 16 bodies and seven urns, which had been...

Search in Albania quake reduced, death toll at 49

Nov. 29, 2019 9:43 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The operation to find survivors and recover bodies from Albania's deadly earthquake was winding down Friday, with rescue crews limiting their efforts to a collapsed beachfront hotel in the port town of Durres as the death toll climbed to 49. Albanian, Serb and Montenegrin rescue...

Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

Nov. 28, 2019 8:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood....

Vietnamese village holds funeral for trafficking victims

Nov. 28, 2019 6:57 AM EST

DIEN THINH, Vietnam (AP) — The village of Dien Thinh bid farewell Thursday to two of its sons, victims of a human trafficking tragedy unveiled last month when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese were discovered in a truck in England. Coffins with the bodies of cousins Nguyen Van Hung and Hoang Van Tiep were...

Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet

Nov. 22, 2019 9:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show that a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while some family members at her funeral shouted, “We want justice.” The statement by the...

Haiti mourns 5 people killed during ongoing protests

Nov. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago. Among those killed was 15-year-old Jasmine Pierre, whose father told The Associated Press that she was hit...

Colombia church massacre victims ID’d with DNA put to rest

Nov. 18, 2019 6:14 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Relatives of those killed in a Colombia massacre put their loved ones to rest Monday nearly two decades after the attack – while also warning that the government hasn’t done enough to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. Family members held a memorial...