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Russia in talks with world leaders to attend June WWII parade

May 28, 2020 - 9:13 PM

'This will be coordinated with each country individually,' says Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Russia virus peak 'passed,' Putin orders WWII parade in June

May 26, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'According to experts, the peak can be considered passed,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

European leaders evoke WWII spirit to beat pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 9:41 PM

In Berlin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urges nations to remember how they joined forces to fight the tyranny of Nazism and says the same unity is needed now to defeat the coronavirus

75TH ANNIVERSARY. (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current president of the Bundesrat (upper house of parliament) and Brandenburg's state premier Dietmar Woidke and Andreas Vosskuhle, President of Germany's Constitutional Court, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at the Neue Wache Memorial in Berlin, Germany, May 8, 2020. Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Pool/AFP

Virus kills WWII veteran 100 years after twin died of Spanish flu

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Philip Kahn is not the only person to die from the new coronavirus after losing a sibling to the 1918-19 Spanish flu

Trump to skip war anniversary in Moscow – Kremlin

Mar 10, 2020 - 8:49 PM

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman tells journalists that Washington has notified Russia 'through diplomatic channels' that 'Trump will not come for May 9' Victory Day celebrations

HISTORIC. An eternal flame burns in front of a World War Two monument depicting Soviet soldiers at a WWII military historical museum in the village of Lenino, outside Moscow, on February 15, 2020. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

California to apologize for World War II internment of Japanese

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:08 PM

More than 120,000 Japanese-Americans were sent to 10 concentration camps throughout western states and Arkansas during World War II after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order

A sign explains the history of the WW II - era Manzanar internment camp, in Manzanar, California, approximately 230 miles (370 km) northeast of Los Angeles, August 2, 2015. Manzanar, which is now a National Historic Site, tells the story of the over 110, 000 persons of Japanese ancestry, the majority of which were American citizens, who were forcibly detained at ten such camps in remote and desolate parts of the US between 1942 and 1945. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo by ROBYN BECK / AFP)

Venice shuts down for World War II-era bomb removal

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Authorities say the operation required the evacuation of about 3,500 residents

Dutch offer first apology for World War II persecution of Jews

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Records show that only 38,000 of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands survived World War II but no government apology has been offered for the role the authorities played

Polish PM condemns Putin for WWII 'lies'

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin for blaming Poland for the outbreak of World War II, saying Moscow was lying to deflect attention from recent failures

Pearl Harbor veteran interred on sunken ship

Dec 08, 2019 - 4:16 PM

Veterans and officials mark the 78th anniversary of the 1941 sneak attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, which brought a previously reluctant United States into World War II

SALUTE. This handout picture released by the US Navy shows attendees saluting the ashes of USS Arizona survivor Lauren Bruner during his sunset interment ceremony as part of the 78th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Remembrance Commemoration on December 7, 2019 in Pearl Harbor. Photo handout by US Navy/AFP

In Hiroshima, Pope Francis assails 'crime' of nuclear weapons

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'A true peace can only be an unarmed peace,' says the pontiff

POPE IN HIROSHIMA. Pope Francis speaks by the cenotaph in memory of those killed in the 1945 atomic bombing during an event held at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on November 24, 2019. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

[ANALYSIS] 75 years after MacArthur's return, WW2 combatants face common threat

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Why were the US and Japan forces in the Philippines for joint 'warrior' exercises? Because China desires regional and global domination, and the Philippines is standing in its way.

Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Japan 75 years after Leyte landing: ‘Avoid war, value peace’



Oct 20, 2019 - 4:42 PM

Japan attends the 75th anniversary of the event that led to the end of their occupation of the Philippines during World War II

VETERANS. Filipino veterans attend the 75th anniversary of MacArthur landing on the Leyte gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

At least 7 dead as World War II plane crashes in the U.S. – reports

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The Boeing B-17 aircraft, which the US Air Force deployed against Germany and Japan, crashes at Bradley International Airport while trying to land

B-17. In this file photo taken on July 30, 2013, a World War II-era B-17 Flying Fortress flies over the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2013 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A B-17 bomber with 13 people on board crashed on October 2, 2019, at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, reportedly causing several deaths and serious injuries, according to local police and media. File photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America/AFP

Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness, says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

THE WAR. In this file photo taken on September 06, 1939, Germans tanks cross a river into Polish territory. Nazi forces invade Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, prompting Britain and France to declare war on Berlin two days later. Photo by AFP

Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito's comments are monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) and Empress Masako (L) bow at an altar during an annual memorial ceremony to remember those lost at war, on August 15, 2019, as the country marks the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

Seoul dissolves Japan fund for World War II 'comfort women'

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:28 PM

It is not clear what will happen to the money intended to compensate so-called 'comfort women' – a euphemism for those forced to provide sex for Japanese troops during World War II.

PROTEST. 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 demonstration in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul.  Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

World leaders mark 75 years since D-Day on Normandy's beaches

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Tens of thousands of French and foreign visitors, many donning WWII uniforms or driving vintage military vehicles, have converged on Normandy to honor the veterans

VETERANS. Canadian veterans stand for the National Anthem during the international ceremony on Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy, northwestern France, on June 6, 2019, as part of D-Day commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the World War II Allied landings in Normandy. Photo by Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Trump, Queen lead emotional tributes to D-Day heroes

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944, famously known as D-Day, led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) reacts as she sits with US President Donald Trump an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. - US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II and 300 veterans are to gather on the south coast of England on Wednesday for a poignant ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Other world leaders will join them in Portsmouth for Britain's national event to commemorate the Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in France -- one of the turning points of World War II. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP)

Trump, queen, and world leaders remember D-Day heroes

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944 led to the liberation of Europe and helped bring about the end of World War II the following year

D-DAY. (L to R) Philip May, husband of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump, US First Lady Melania Trump, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel attend an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, southern England, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands

May 10, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The territorial dispute centers on 4 islands, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, seized by the Soviet army in the last days of World War II

'SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) during their meeting in Moscow on May 10, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Ex-Nazi guard, 92, charged for complicity in WWII killings

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Despite his senior age, the accused will be tried by a juvenile court in Hamburg, because he was 17 when he worked at the Nazi concentration camp

CHARGED. A 92-year-old ex-Nazi guard is set to face trial for his alleged complicity in deaths in the concentration camp he guarded in Poland during World War II. Shutterstock photos

Anger as wartime memorial in Malaysia calls Japanese troops 'heroes'

Mar 27, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia in the early 1940s was marked by brutality, and bitter memories still linger

The war monument surrounded by five large red banners bearing various protest slogans. Photo from MCA National Youth Facebook

Vatican to open archives of WWII pope Pius XII in 2020

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Researchers have long sought to examine the archives over why Pius XII did not intervene more against the Holocaust perpetrated by the German Nazis

VATICAN. In this file photo taken on April 02, 2018 people gather in St Peter's square during Pope Francis' Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the apostolic palace in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says the summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – is cancelled but that there will be bilateral talks

HOLOCAUST ROW. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a press statement at the coal mine at Stonava, near Karvina, Czech Republic on December 21, 2018. File photo by Radek Mica/AFP

Germany earmarks funds for Russian siege survivors

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:22 PM

While the initiative is 'important,' Russia says Germany should compensate all living survivors of the 1941-44 siege of Leningrad

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

Filipino senior war veterans' pension raised to P20,000

Jan 11, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Republic Act No 11164 increases the monthly old-age pension of war veterans from P5,000 to P20,000

Japan approves defense plan including 2 aircraft carriers

Dec 18, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The new 5-year defense plan calls for the military to upgrade two existing 'helicopter carriers' so that they will also be able to launch fighter jets

JAPAN'S MILITARY. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) reviews Self-Defense Force soldiers during the military review at the Ground Self-Defense Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture, on October 14, 2018. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

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