WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Dec 8, 2016

WWII sacrifice of 'Free French' defending Hong Kong

Seventy-five years ago, a handful of idealistic “Free French” took up arms to defend the British colony of Hong Kong in a futile battle against Japanese invaders. But their sacrifice, though largely unknown in their homeland, is not forgotten in Asia. There are six ...

Cutting-edge tech virtually unwraps Egyptian mummies

Dec 8, 2016

Cutting-edge tech virtually unwraps Egyptian mummies

The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition. Three-dimensional images of six mummies from between 900 B.C. and A.D. 140 to 180 ...

Dec 8, 2016

New Zealand drops racially offensive place names

New Zealand is to erase the racially offensive word “nigger” from its landscape, the government said Thursday. The names of three areas in the Southern Alps of the South Island have been changed to words taken from the indigenous Maori language. Nigger Stream will ...

Two cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Dec 8, 2016

Two cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

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Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown joined his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends. Nagaoka Mayor Tatsunobu Isoda lay flowers at the main memorial event ...

Pearl Harbor, through a child's eyes

Dec 8, 2016

Pearl Harbor, through a child's eyes

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In some ways, it could be any class photo from the 1940s. The sepia-toned image shows 30 fifth-graders — 26 girls and four boys — at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Waikiki. Most are smiling, some look stern. A few have no shoes. Yet ...

Pearl Harbor: the original AP dispatches

Dec 8, 2016

Pearl Harbor: the original AP dispatches

On Dec. 7, 1941, as Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press’ chief of bureau in Honolulu, Eugene Burns, was unable to get out the urgent news of the historic attack that would draw the U.S. into World War II. The ...

Tech thriller describes new Pearl Harbor attack, this time by China

Dec 8, 2016

Tech thriller describes new Pearl Harbor attack, this time by China

A surprise attack on Pearl Harbor has captivated Pentagon brass in recent months. Not the infamous Japanese assault of 1941, but rather a fictional account that opens “Ghost Fleet,” a novel that envisions a future conflict pitting America against China and Russia. Several senior ...