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SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

Jul. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

The Latest: Japan blames S.Korea export control 'weaknesses'

Jul. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a trade spat between South Korea and Japan (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A Japanese trade ministry official says restrictions imposed by Japan on high-tech exports to South Korea were prompted by a review of trade policy, and are not related to a growing diplomatic...

South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

Jul. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The government said Thursday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by...

Tensions over history, North keep Japan, South Korea at odds

Jul. 11, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea, two major U.S. allies, are again at odds, this time over Tokyo's decision to tighten controls on exports of sensitive materials that are mainly used in computer chips and display screens used in TVs and smartphones. The tensions reflect animosities that have persisted...

Pearl Harbor survivor dies at age 103 in Florida

Jul. 10, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One of the oldest survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack has died at age 103. Doug Iscovitz says his father, Joseph Iscovitz, died Tuesday at a South Florida nursing home. The younger Iscovitz says his father could see the faces of the Japanese pilots as they dropped bombs around...

Long lost WWII-era Soviet songs brought to life in Israel

Jul. 9, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In a musty basement hall of an unassuming building nestled among modern high-rises in the heart of Tel Aviv, a few hundred spectators are kindly requested to turn off their cellphones. What makes the typical scene surreal is that they are asked to do so in Yiddish — the...

Dutch court clears way for Holocaust memorial in Amsterdam

Jul. 9, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court has cleared the way for a monument to be built in Amsterdam commemorating victims of the Holocaust. Tuesday's decision ends a legal fight by a group of local residents to block construction of the memorial, which will include the names of 102,000 Jews, Roma and...

Review: 'Last Witnesses' offers children's memories of WWII

Jul. 8, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

"Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II," by Svetlana Alexievich (Random House) Does anyone suffer more in wartime than a child? All they know is at risk — parents, siblings, neighbors, homes, schools, even pets. All too soon they learn of hunger, death and inhumanity. Those who...

SKorea's Moon calls for diplomatic solution to trade spat

Jul. 8, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president said Monday the country is committed to finding a diplomatic solution to a bitter dispute over tightened Japanese control of exports of high-tech materials used by South Korean companies to produce semiconductors and displays. In a meeting with senior...