World War II

In this Sept. 30, 2018, photo, Denny Tamaki celebrates his victory with supporters in the election for Okinawa governor in Naha city. Tamaki is the first Amerasian elected leader of Okinawa, and he is promising to reduce the U.S. military presence on the southwestern Japanese islands. With a Marine as his father, Tamaki represents to many the complex problems of Okinawa. He is also emerging as a new kind of leader, standing for diversity in a nation long known for uniformity and conformity. But what he can do on the bases remains a huge challenge, as many expect Japan’s national government to bulldoze its plan.(Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP)
October 01, 2018 - 4:23 am
TOKYO (AP) — The celebratory crowds in Okinawa chanted the unusual first name of the southern Japanese island's newly elected governor, shouting, "Denny! Denny! Denny!" The scene highlighted one of the first and most important questions for Denny Tamaki: How will he tackle the U.S. military...
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This April 17, 2018, photo shows Takamikura throne, left, and Michodai, a curtained platform, placed at the Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kyoto, western Japan. The special imperial throne for the coronation of Japan’s new emperor arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, from the ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time. The Takamikura throne will be used at a ceremony in October 2019 when Crown Prince Naruhito formally announces his succession. (Kyodo News via AP)
September 26, 2018 - 5:03 am
TOKYO (AP) — The monumental imperial throne for the coronation of Japan's new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time, officials said Wednesday. Crown Prince Naruhito will become Japan's next emperor on May 1 of next year, the day after...
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Pope Francis stops for a moment of prayer during his visit to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania's second city, Kaunas, where an estimated 3,000 Jews survived out of a community of 37,000 during the 1941-1944 Nazi occupation. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 23, 2018 - 11:42 am
KAUNAS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis warned Sunday against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II. Francis began his second day...
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September 12, 2018 - 1:35 pm
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as delivers a speech during a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
September 12, 2018 - 4:07 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday suggested that Russia and Japan should sign a much-anticipated peace treaty formally ending hostilities from World War II before the end of the year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pushing for a way forward in the dispute,...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, arrives to attend a laying ceremony in Kursk, 426 kilometers (266 miles) south of Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. Putin attends a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Kursk in which the Soviet army routed Nazi troops. It is described by historians as the largest tank battle in history involving thousands of tanks. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
August 23, 2018 - 2:07 pm
KURSK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attended ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, in which the Red Army routed the Nazis. The July-August 1943 battle marked the failure of the last major Nazi offensive on the Eastern Front called Operation...
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Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, front right, arrives to lay a wreath of flowers to honor the victims of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 at a ceremony in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Dozens of protesters gathered to oppose the prime minister. Babis, a populist billionaire, is a controversial figure for many due to a power-sharing deal with the maverick Communist Party and fraud charges he is facing. His position is also complicated by allegations he collaborated with the former communist-era secret police. The white banner reads: "Babis is a liar". (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
August 21, 2018 - 9:27 pm
PRAGUE (AP) — A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Hundreds jeered and booed Babis' arrival for a ceremony in front of the Czech public radio building in downtown Prague, a site...
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In this Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, frame from video, Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard, is carried on a stretcher from his home in the Queens borough of New York. Palij, the last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, the White House said. (ABC via AP)
August 21, 2018 - 11:29 am
BERLIN (AP) — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, following years of efforts to remove him from the United States. The deportation of the 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard, Jakiw...
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File - In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Emory, center, salutes sailors who stand in an honor cordon in Honolulu. Emory, who pushed for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be identified, has died. He was 97. He spent the past few decades doggedly pushing for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be dug up, identified and returned to their families. A spokesman for Navy Region Hawaii says according to family members, Emory died Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in a hospital in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)
August 20, 2018 - 7:20 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack died Monday at age 97. Ray Emory lived through the early morning Japanese aerial bombing but never forgot those who didn't. He spent the past few decades doggedly pushing for those unknown...
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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas bows in front of the Death Wall, after laying a wreath in the former German Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Jarek Praszkiewicz)
August 20, 2018 - 12:46 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten. He was guided at the somber...
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