Lawsuits based on WWII muddy effort to ease Japan-South Korea tension

Jun 26, 2015

Lawsuits based on WWII muddy effort to ease Japan-South Korea tension

South Korean activists are complicating President Park Geun-hye’s tentative steps to improve ties with Japan by turning to the courts to seek recognition that they were forced during colonial times to work for Japanese companies, used as “comfort women” in military brothels or suffered ...

Jun 25, 2015

Bosnia grants first ever compensation to wartime rape victim

A Bosnian court Wednesday ordered two former soldiers to compensate a woman they raped during the 1990s conflict in an unprecedented ruling that could open the door to justice for thousands of victims. Bosiljko Markovic and Ostoja Markovic were each sentenced to 10 years ...

Jun 25, 2015

Early Europeans interbred with Neanderthals: study

Around 45,000 years ago, the only humans who lived in Europe were Neanderthals. Some 10,000 years later, if the sketchy fossil record is right, the Neanderthals had been replaced by our ancestors, and one of the greatest mysteries in anthropology was born. Were the ...

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Jun 24, 2015

Confederate flag flap is one of many such disputes worldwide

Around the world, countries have long struggled with questions about flags similar to those faced by South Carolina, which is under pressure to remove a Confederate flag from its statehouse in the wake of the shootings that killed nine people at a black church. ...

China slams 'Western misconceptions' of its role in WWII

Jun 23, 2015

China slams 'Western misconceptions' of its role in WWII

Western countries have a lack of appreciation about China’s sacrifices and contributions during World War II, a senior official said Tuesday, as the government outlined plans for a military parade through central Beijing to mark the war’s end. Sino-Japan relations have long been affected ...

Jun 23, 2015

Washington welcomes Tokyo-Seoul thaw on anniversary of ties

The U.S. government welcomed signs of improvement in strained relations between Japan and South Korea as they marked the 50 anniversary of their normalization of diplomatic ties. Washington has urged its two close security allies in East Asia, embroiled in disputes over history-related and ...

Jun 22, 2015

Austrian Nazi resistance heroine dies, age 95

Irma Schwager, an Austrian heroine of the anti-Nazi resistance, has died at age 95, Austria’s communist party said Monday. Born into a Jewish family in Vienna in 1920, Schwager fled Austria after the 1938 “annexation” and ended up in occupied France working with the ...