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Today in History

Sep. 20, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2019. There are 102 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 20, 2001, during an address to a joint session of Congress, President George W. Bush announced a new Cabinet-level office to fortify homeland security and named...

AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern

Sep. 17, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia's vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that's emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who launched them. Beginning in May with the still-unclaimed...

Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal

Sep. 17, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials in Japan appeared wary over the prospects for a trade deal with the U.S. after President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sign a pact soon. Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Tuesday that the two sides are still finalizing details after reaching a basic...

The Latest: Nagasaki archbishop welcomes Francis' visit

Sep. 13, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local): 3 p.m. Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, who heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, has welcomed Pope Francis' upcoming visit, saying he and others in the Japanese church have been...

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep. 13, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...

Japan's leader taps new Cabinet ministers to freshen image

Sep. 11, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday, adding two women and the son of a former leader to freshen his image but maintaining continuity on U.S.-oriented trade and security policies. Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's postwar history, kept key...

Japan to put surname first for Japanese names in English

Sep. 6, 2019 2:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will start using the traditional order for Japanese names in English in official documents, with family names first, a switch from the Westernized custom the country adopted more than a century ago, government officials said Friday. The idea has been floated for years and but some...

Trump's Florida Mar-a-Lago resort in Hurricane Dorian's path

Aug. 30, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's prized Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida could be directly in the path of Hurricane Dorian , which is forecast to become an extremely destructive storm. The National Hurricane Center's most recent track for Dorian places Mar-a-Lago in the crosshairs of a fierce...

Japan defense costs swell on greater role, purchases from US

Aug. 30, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense spending is expected to set a new record next year as the country deepens its military alliance with the U.S. and spends more on expensive American stealth fighters and other equipment amid threats from China and North Korea. The Defense Ministry on Friday released its 5.32...

Correction: Trump-Asian American Voters story

Aug. 28, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

In a story Aug. 21 about Trump and Asian American voters, The Associated Press misspelled Farhana Shifa's last name. It's Shifa, not Shah. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left President Donald Trump recently angered many Asian Americans when he...