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Philippines, Japan to repatriate Japanese WWII soldiers' remains

May 09, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Since 1958, the remains of only 100,000 out of 518,000 Japanese soldiers who died in the Philippines have been returned to Japan

PHILIPPINES-JAPAN TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seek to boost ties between the Philippines and Japan. Malacañang file photo

Recreating World War II according to COD:WWII's art director

Nov 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Joseph Salud talks about bringing World War II to life, with the hope of reminding a new generation of players about the horrors of war

Image from Call of Duty:WWII/Activision

New 'Call of Duty' does away with health regen in campaign mode

Jul 04, 2017 - 4:30 PM

Suddenly as a player you cared about what you were doing you cared about not running and gunning in this fast and unrealistic way says Tolga Kart senior development director for Call of Duty: WWII

RETURN TO ROOTS. Call of Duty returns to World War II in newest installment. Developers Mike Mejia and Tolga Kart pose in front of a poster at E3 2017, June 2017. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

50,000 evacuated in Germany over unexploded WWII bombs

May 08, 2017 - 12:35 AM

Local authorities arrange sports cultural and leisure activities for residents affected by the evacuation

Greek troops defuse WWII bomb after mass evacuation

Feb 12, 2017 - 9:35 PM

UPDATED Around 70 000 people evacuate ahead of the operation to defuse the bomb

Military personnel of the Hellenic Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team stand at the site of a World War II bomb in Kordelio, a suburb of Thessaloniki, on February 12, 2017, ahead of an operation to defuse the bomb.  Greek authorities on February 11 began evacuating some 70,000 people. The bomb, containing nearly 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of explosives, was unearthed in the northern city during road works last week and is due to be defused on Sunday. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDIS

South Korea offers Tokyo-funded money to 'comfort women'

Aug 25, 2016 - 7:50 PM

Some of the women immediately reject the offer taking issue with Japan s refusal to accept formal legal responsibility

South Korean protesters hold placards showing portraits of former "comfort women" during a rally against the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation outside an office of the foundation in Seoul on July 28, 2016. South Korean protestors clashed with police on July 28 as they tried to disrupt the opening in Seoul of a Tokyo-funded foundation for women forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE

Book takes girl's story from Quiapo to Makati gallery

Apr 26, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Those in the know see Quiapo in a different light: as a haven for strong hearted hardworking individuals tenaciously trying to overcome life’s obstacles for their dreams

Should Japan apologize for WWII?

Aug 29, 2015 - 7:01 PM

We should always remember what happened in the past otherwise we repeat the errors

APOLOGY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks past a national flag made of flowers at an altar upon his arrival for a memorial service for those who died in the battle of Okinawa during World War II. File photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan PM apologetic over WWII, but says next generation not obliged

Aug 14, 2015 - 5:48 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claims the country has repeatedly expressed heartfelt apology for its actions during the war

WAR. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks past a national flag made of flowers at an altar upon his arrival for a memorial service for those who died in the battle of Okinawa during World War II. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

Nagasaki marks 70th anniversary of atomic bombing

Aug 09, 2015 - 8:49 AM

UPDATED Bells toll and tens of thousands of people observe a minute s silence at 11:02 am local time 0202 GMT the exact moment the blast devastated the port city on August 9 1945

Visitors are watching paper lanterns displayed for the Peace Candle Lights at Nagasaki Peace Park in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, 08 August 2015, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city on 09 August 2015. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPAMAYAMA

Dozens injured after blast in German WWII bunker

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:33 PM

Hundreds of Nazi era bunkers remain scattered across German cities where they are often the only buildings to survive Allied bombing raids that destroyed surrounding neighbourhoods

Firefighters stand outside a WWII bunker that got on fire on August 4, 2015 in Hamburg amid an explosion that wounded 21 people. AFP PHOTO / DPA / DANIEL BOCKWOLDT

Aquino orders report on WWII 'comfort women'

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:04 PM

They are our mothers our sisters our aunts It is really incumbent upon our government to take care of our own the Philippine president says

COMFORT WOMEN. Viictims of abuse of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and their supporters stage a picket outside the Philippine presidential palace during the meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Benigno Aquino III in July 2013. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

New hope for unlisted Fil-Am WWII veterans?

Feb 03, 2015 - 11:30 PM

Thousands of Fil Am veterans did not add their names to the US list of soldiers for fear that the enemy would obtain roster lists and retaliate against them

Thousands evacuated after WWII bomb found in French city

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:50 PM

The 250 kilogram 550 pound bomb was found near the city s town hall during the building of a new metro line in the capital of the Brittany region of western France mayor Nathalie Appere says

China marks WWII victory over Japan

Sep 03, 2014 - 9:30 PM

The ceremony was the first since Beijing earlier this year declared September 3 as a national day to mark Japan s defeat

In this file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives in St. Petersburg, Russia 04 September 2013. Alexey Kudenko/EPA/Pool

Nagasaki marks 69th anniversary of US atomic bombing

Aug 09, 2014 - 2:50 PM

Crowds gather to remember the more than 70 000 people who died in the initial blast or from after effects in the months and years following the bombing

Documents show Japan complicit in WWII sex slavery: activists

Jun 02, 2014 - 10:02 PM

The documents say that wartime brothels were maintained as official military facilities and that a chief military police officer used his official budget to cover up the fact that he had recruited comfort women

WARTIME SEX SLAVERY. Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery attend a weekly rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea on April 9, 2014 to demand Japan apologize and provide compensation to the surviving victims of the Japanese government's sex slavery during World War II. Historians say more than 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for front-line Japanese soldiers during the war. File photo form EPA/YONHAPNEWS

Japan, S. Korea to discuss 'comfort women' before Obama visit

Apr 13, 2014 - 7:47 PM

The issue will be discussed by the two governments in intensive discussions to improve conditions surrounding relations the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement

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Apr 09, 2014 - 5:01 PM

Here are 9 important facts you should know about the Day of Valor

File photo from Wikimedia Commons

Death marches in world history

Apr 09, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The Bataan Death March commemorated every April 9 is not unique to Philippine history Here are a few other similar tragedies in world history

DEATH MARCH: Around 5,000 to 10,000 Filipinos and around 650 Americans died in the infamous Bataan Death March. File Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Man known as sailor in iconic WWII kissing photo dies

Mar 17, 2014 - 5:31 PM

Glenn McDuffie known as the kissing sailor in the memorable WWII photo waited over 60 years to be recognized

ICONIC. A visitor walks past 'VJ Day a Times Square, New York, NY, 1945" by Alfred Eisenstaedt during the 'Life.The great photographers' exhibition on April 2013 in Rome. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse

Clooney directs A-listers to work for cheap in 'Monuments Men'

Feb 06, 2014 - 11:06 AM

George Clooney persuades some of his fellow A listers to take big pay cuts to appear in the The Monuments Men

Clooney Nazi art thriller due at Berlin film fest: organizers

Nov 09, 2013 - 9:32 AM

George Clooney stars in The Monuments Men a nazi era art thriller due early next year

PH: Be cautious on 'comfort women' issues

May 15, 2013 - 5:15 PM

DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez reminds Japanese authorities to be more circumspect after Osaka Mayor Hashimoto said that comfort women was necessary during the war

Oldest Filipino World War II vet dies at 111

Sep 05, 2012 - 10:51 PM

Alfonso Fabros who fought with US and Filipino forces against the Japanese in Bataan died of pneumonia a few months after finally receiving recognition for his wartime service