| Sep 4, 2015

China event highlights shift to naval power in Pacific

China’s unveiling Thursday of “carrier-killer” missiles and cuts in troop numbers underlines its shift toward naval strength amid growing Pacific rivalry with the U.S., analysts say. More than a dozen antiship ballistic missiles capable of traveling at 10 times the speed of sound were ...

Hanaoka uprising memorial park opens in Tianjin

Sep 3, 2015

Hanaoka uprising memorial park opens in Tianjin

A park opened in the Chinese city of Tianjin on Tuesday commemorating victims of the Hanaoka Incident — the 1945 killings of Chinese forced laborers in Akita Prefecture who had rioted over abysmal conditions at a mine. Some 200 people, including survivors, relatives of ...

WWII veteran transmitted news of war's end

Sep 2, 2015

WWII veteran transmitted news of war's end

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Stephen Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Navy soon after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Less than a year later, the raw 19-year-old recruit was thrust into fighting off the Solomon Islands and survived one of the fiercest naval battles in the South ...

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

Aug 31, 2015

Poles have mixed feelings on planned memorial to Jews

As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn’t even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to ...

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Aug 31, 2015

Border fear and betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth

Savagely beaten and accused of spying for Moscow, Xu Weiyi — one of China’s few citizens of Russian descent — stared over the river separating his border village from the Soviet Union, longing for escape. “My mother was too old, so it was mostly ...

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally

Aug 30, 2015

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally

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In one of the strongest signs of public frustration over controversial security bills likely to be passed by lawmakers next month, thousands of people surrounded the Diet building Sunday afternoon to protest their enactment and call for the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...