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South Korea to close Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:48 PM

South Korea announces the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves – the so-called 'comfort women'

South Korean protesters sit near a statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former "comfort women", who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japanese demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on November 21, 2018. South Korea on November 21 announced the formal shutdown of a controversial Japanese-funded foundation created to help former wartime sex slaves -- a move that will further sour ties between the neighbours.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Japan PM Abe visits Australia's Darwin, 75 years after WWII bombing

Nov 16, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Shinzo Abe is the first Japanese leader to visit the port city where more than 250 people were killed during World War II bombing raids – the worst-ever foreign attacks on Australia

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) lay wreaths at the Cenotaph War Memorial during a two-day visit to Darwin on November 16, 2018.  Glenn Campbell / POOL / AFP

Poland again demands war reparations from Germany

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Polish President Andrzej Duda says 'the damage caused during the war was never compensated for'

Polish President Andrzej Duda makes a statement to announce that he will veto controversial judicial reforms in Warsaw on July 24, 2017. The planned reforms, that would have increased political control over the judiciary, had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions. / AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI

Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The exercise, codenamed Kamandag (Venom), marks the first time Japanese armored military vehicles were used on foreign soil since the country adopted a pacifist constitution after its 1945 defeat

WAR GAMES. US Marine Brig. Gen. Chris McPhillips watches as members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) board the USS Ashland at Subic Bay, Philippines, October 3. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kevan Dunlop

IN PHOTOS: Filipino WWII veterans receive US Congressional Gold Medal

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

It is the first time a ceremony for the award is held in the Philippines

OVERDUE RECOGNITION. Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad is the oldest Filipino veteran to receive the US Congressional Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, bestowed on a person or a group that performed an 'outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the US.’ Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

100-year-old Filipino WWII veteran tears up receiving U.S. medal

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Thirteen Filipino World War II veterans are awarded the U.S. Congressional Medal on September 13, the first of among many who will be given long-overdue recognition for fighting alongside the Americans during the war.

OVERDUE RECOGNITION. Technical Sergeant Sixto Navidad is the oldest Filipino veteran to receive the US Congressional Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, bestowed on a person or a group that performed an 'outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the US.’ Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Japan remembers atomic attack on Hiroshima 73 years ago

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:39 PM

On a clear day in August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber dropped its deadly payload on the port city of Hiroshima ultimately killing 140,000 people

73 YEARS LATER. People burn incense and offer prayers in the early morning prior to the 73rd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Swiss police confirm 20 dead in WWII vintage plane crash

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The aircraft, built in Germany in 1939, crashed into the Piz Segnas, a 3,000-metre (10,000-foot) peak in the east of Switzerland

In World War II, 'Operation Pied Piper' revealed trauma of family separations

Jun 20, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Pam and Iris Hobbs are just two of the millions of children in England evacuated from cities and towns during World War II, in what was dubbed 'Operation Pied Piper'

EVACUATION. Policemen and billeting officers help a group of children, evacuated from Bristol, to board a bus at Kingsbridge, Devon, which will take them to their final destination. Photo from Wikipedia by Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

Robredo: China presence in West PH Sea 'most serious external threat since WWII'

Jun 11, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says asserting the country's rights over the West Philippine Sea goes beyond the welfare of Filipino fishermen: 'It is about our nation's independence, security, and sovereignty'

VP Leni Robredo speech at the "West Philippine Sea: Issues and Policy" forum. Photo by OVP

Hong Kong police disarm third WWII bomb discovered this year

May 11, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The ordnance, which lay dormant for more than 70 years before its discovery on Thursday, is of the same model as two other bombs discovered in January at the site, where work is underway to build a new metro railway station

HONG KONG BOMB. This handout photo taken on May 11, 2018 and provided by the Hong Kong Police, shows police from the explosive ordinance disposal unit placing sandbags around a US-made bomb (bottom L) dropped during World War II that was found inside a construction site at the junction of Convention Avenue and Hung Hing Road in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. Handout photo by Hong Kong Police/AFP

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

Duterte on comfort woman statue: 'You can place it somewhere else'

Apr 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is not the policy of government to antagonize other nations,' says the President who repeatedly slams the US and the EU over a host of issues

In this photo taken April 20, 2018, A backhoe is seen beside the Comfort Women Statue along Roxas Boulevard, Manila. The controversial statue was removed late Friday night April 27, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Goebbels' diary shows he took note of Fall of Bataan

Apr 09, 2018 - 12:57 AM

Entries in Joseph Goebbels' 1942 diary show the propaganda minister taking note of the fall of Bataan and quickly blaming MacArthur, and the Jews behind him

WORLD WAR II. This undated file photo taken during World War II in Germany shows Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (L) standing with his Nazi commanders Hermann Goering (2nd L), Joseph Goebbels (C) and Rudolf Hess (R). Photo from the National Archives/AFP

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy finally retires World War 2 warship

Mar 17, 2018 - 3:31 PM

The BRP Rajah Humabon is a 75-year-old Cannon-class destroyer of the US Navy acquired by the Philippines in 1976

RETIRED. BRP Rajah Humabon served the Philippine Navy for 38 years

Indonesia digs up cemetery to search for WWII sailors' bones

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Local officials dig up a cemetery at Brondong in East Java to search for the remains, dumped there after being taken from the WWII shipwrecks

London City Airport closed after WWII bomb found

Feb 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) The World War II-era ordnance is discovered in King George V Dock, close to the runway of London's most central airport, during planned works

CITY AIRPORT. In this file photo, British Airways airplanes taxi on the runway with the financial towers and office buildings of the City of London in background before taking off at London City Airport in London on October 27, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Poland's president signs controversial Holocaust bill into law

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Polish President Andrzej Duda signs into law a controversial Holocaust bill intended to safeguard Poland's image abroad but which has instead triggered an unprecedented diplomatic row

FACING THE MEDIA. Poland's President Andrzej Duda gives a press conference on February 6, 2018 in Warsaw to announces that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which has sparked tensions with Israel, the US and Ukraine. Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Duterte says comfort woman statue part of free expression

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:50 PM

'That is a constitutional right which I cannot stop. It's prohibitive for me to do that,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells MindaNews

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of comfort woman along Manila Bay generated controversy after Japan complained about it. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: Japan ties at stake over comfort woman statue

Jan 13, 2018 - 2:01 PM

'You can't strengthen your relationship long term if you keep bringing up things that you think are settled,' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Moon calls for 'heartfelt' Japan apology for WWII sex slavery

Jan 10, 2018 - 3:12 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-In calls for a 'heartfelt apology;' from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemns a 2015 agreement as a 'wrongful' solution

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. Protestors sit next ot the statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women,' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, during a weekly anti-Japan rally near the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

What's wrong with this statue of a comfort woman in Manila?

Dec 26, 2017 - 8:16 PM

Here are 3 issues surrounding the controversial statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard

CONTROVERSIAL STATUE. This statue of a comfort woman along Roxas Boulevard has generated controversy since it was inaugurated on December 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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


U.S. Congress honors Filipino veterans of World War II

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:49 AM

US Congress awards the Congressional Gold Medal to more than 250,000 Filipino veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice during World War II

RECOGNITION. U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan shakes hands with Dean Delen, a Filipino veteran representing guerrilla units, as Frank Francone (an American veteran representing the Philippine Scouts), Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, other congressional leaders, and Alicia Benitez (next to kin of a Filipino veteran) look on during a Congressional Gold Medal presentation ceremony on October 25, 2017. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

4 upcoming games that have esports potential

Oct 15, 2017 - 8:00 AM

While Dota 2 isn't fading soon, here are some new games that should be a hoot to watch pro players master

FIGHTERZ. The new Dragon Ball fighting game is gaining traction for its beautiful visuals and potential as a spectator esport. Screenshot from Dragon Ball FighterZ

'Blockbuster' WWII bomb forces evacuation of 60,000 in Frankfurt

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:05 AM

4th UPDATE The operation is the biggest evacuation of its kind in post war Germany says Frankfurt s security chief

UNCOVERED. Frank Bender (L) and Marco Ofenstein of Rhineland-Palatinate's bomb disposal team inspect on September 1, 2017 a US aerial bomb of World War II that was found in Koblenz, western Germany. Thomas Frey / dpa / AFP

Microsoft co-founder discovers wreckage of WWII ship in PH

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The wreckage is found in the Philippine Sea 5 5 kilometers below the surface says Microsoft co founder Paul Allen who headed a civilian research crew

USS INDIANAPOLIS. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, head of the civilian research crew that located the ship, found the lost ship in the Philippines

Nagasaki mayor pleads for end to nuclear threat on bomb anniversary

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The anniversary comes as tensions over North Korea s rogue weapons program and increasingly bellicose rhetoric from United States president Donald Trump rattle the region

PEACE MEMORIAL. Doves fly beside the monument during a ceremony for atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Nagasaki, western Japan, on August 9, 2017. Jiji Press/Stringer/AFP

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima atomic bomb

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:52 PM

The anniversary comes after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain France and the US to dismiss a UN treaty banning atomic weapons

HONORING THE DEAD. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui (R) offers a new list of A-bomb dead, people who died since last year's anniversary from the side effects of radiation, during the 72nd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 6, 2017. Jiji Press/AFP

Putin urges world to fight terror as Russia marks WWII victory

May 09, 2017 - 6:43 PM

President Vladimir Putin insists Moscow would always be on the side of the forces of peace and with those who choose the path of equal partnership

'FIGHT TERRORISM.' Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany during World War II on May 9, 2017 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin wall in Moscow. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

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

Dozens evacuated after WWII bomb found near Hong Kong campus

Jan 23, 2017 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED Building workers and 67 residents of a university hall are moved after the 500 pound 227 kg US made bomb is unearthed on Pok Fu Lam Road

Japan envoy returns home in South Korea 'comfort woman' row

Jan 09, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Japan s ambassador to South Korea returned to Tokyo reiterating its frustration over a statue of a comfort woman outside its Busan consulate

This picture taken on January 2, 2017 shows a statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, outside the Japanese consulate in Busan. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

Japan PM urges South Korea to remove 'comfort woman' statue

Jan 08, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Japan argues it is against a 2015 agreement between the neighbors meant to put an end to the hugely emotional and decades long comfort women issue with a Japanese apology and payment of money

This picture taken on January 2, 2017 shows a statue (L) of a teenage girl symbolizing 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, outside the Japanese consulate in Busan. Yonhap/Stringer/AFP

Abe, Obama hail reconciliation at Pearl Harbor

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:35 AM

The two global leaders paid homage to the more than 2 400 Americans killed on December 7 1941

RECONCILIATION. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greet Pearl Harbor survivors on December 27, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kent Nishimura/AFP

Japan's Abe in Hawaii to visit Pearl Harbor with Obama

Dec 27, 2016 - 7:23 AM

Abe will be the first Japanese leader to go to the US Arizona Memorial the wreck where 1 177 US personnel died

In this file photo, the USS Arizona Memorial is seen during a memorial service marking the 74th Anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor December 07, 2015 on the island of Oahu at the Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/AFP

After Hiroshima, Abe and Obama to pay respects at Pearl Harbor

Dec 25, 2016 - 11:18 AM

UPDATED The two leaders are set to meet on December 27 in Honolulu Hawaii weeks before US President Barack Obama steps down from office

PEARL HARBOR. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to visit Pearl Harbor, where Japan surprise attacked the United States in 1941, which led the US in history's bloodiest war.  File photo by Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/EPA/POOL

Anne Frank may have been caught 'by chance,' not betrayed – museum

Dec 17, 2016 - 10:32 PM

New research suggests that the August 1944 police raid may have actually been staged to investigate illegal activity taking place elsewhere in the building

Photo from Facebook/Anne Frank

Obama signs law honoring Filipino WWII veterans

Dec 16, 2016 - 4:33 PM

The US is set to award the Congressional Gold Medal to 260 000 Filipino veterans as a fitting tribute to their dedicated service during the last war

Putin, Abe hold hot spring meet on WWII island row

Dec 15, 2016 - 8:32 PM

Abe is hosting Putin at a hot spring summit in his ancestral city of Nagato in the hopes of achieving a breakthrough over the territory off Japan s northern coast seized by Soviet troops in 1945

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) prior to their talks in Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture on December 15, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool/AFP

Japan PM Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor – government

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga: The purpose of this visit is to commemorate war dead not to apologize

Local television news displays Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on December 5, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

Abe to make first Pearl Harbor visit by Japan leader

Dec 05, 2016 - 6:58 PM

UPDATED The Hawaii visit comes after Obama in May journeyed to Hiroshima the Japanese city where a US plane dropped the world s first atom bomb in the closing chapter of World War II

In this file photo, the USS Arizona Memorial is seen during a memorial service marking the 74th Anniversary of the attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor December 07, 2015 on the island of Oahu at the Kilo Pier, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images/AFP

Dozens of Japan lawmakers visit controversial war shrine

Oct 18, 2016 - 9:10 AM

UPDATED A group of 85 politicians visited Yasukuni shrine in downtown Tokyo during a 4 day autumn festival

A Shinto priest (R) leads a pack of lawmakers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on October 18, 2016. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Lawmaker: Investigate atrocities during PH-US War, WWII, Martial Law

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:15 PM

House Resolution 339 also seeks to commend President Rodrigo Duterte for saying that the Philippines would pursue an independent foreign policy

FORM COMMISSIONS. Kabayan Representative Harry Roque files HR Number 339. Photo of PH-US War from Wikipedia, Filipino comfort women by Ted Aljibe/AFP, photo of Martial Law victims by Rappler

Woman in famous WWII kiss photo dies at 92

Sep 11, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Greta Zimmer Friedman passed away from pneumonia her son Joshua Friedman told the New York Times

WWII KISS. Dental assistant Greta Friedman was grabbed and kissed by a sailor named George Mendonsa upon learning that the World War II is over. Photo from Wikipedia

Why Duterte gov't believes Marcos is a war hero

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:44 PM

In defending the decision of President Duterte for a hero s burial the Solicitor General submits 11 documents to the Supreme Court that attempt to prove Ferdinand Marcos was a war hero

Japan sends 1B yen to South Korea 'comfort women' foundation

Sep 01, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Seoul said the money would be used for financial assistance for the surviving victims – currently numbered at 40 – and families of the victims who have already died

MEMORIAL. A statue of a teenage girl symbolizing former 'comfort women' who served as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II, is seen in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on January 6, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

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

What's the issue with Marcos' World War II 'medals' again?

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM

3 US medals that Marcos was said to have received are fake, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

Former president Ferdinand Marcos wearing 3 medals said to be awarded by the United States in 1946. Photo from the Presidential Museum and Library PH Flickr page