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Japanese girl’s WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots

AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama CHIRAN, Japan (AP) — As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms. “Remembering that still...

AP investigation prompts new round of slave rescues

Authorities in Papua New Guinea have rescued eight fishermen held on board a Thai-owned refrigerated cargo ship, and dozens of other boats are still being sought in response to an Associated Press report that included satellite photos and locations of slave vessels at sea. Two...
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Man describes find that could solve MH370 plane mystery

AP Photo/Andrew Meldrum SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) — Johnny Begue was out collecting stones on the French Indian Ocean island he calls home when he says he saw part of an airplane wing washed up in the sand. The fragment may be the first clue to what happened to Malaysia...
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Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban

AP Photo/Barialai Khoshhal Little is known about the new Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who was tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar after the shadowy leader’s death was announced Thursday. But Mullah Mansoor is said to be close to Pakistani authorities,...
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AP PHOTOS: Attack on gay pride parade in Jerusalem

AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner JERUSALEM (AP) — Revelers dancing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem during the city’s annual gay pride parade were left shrieking in pain and panic Thursday after an anti-gay extremist stabbed and wounded six people. The attacker...
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Philae probe finds evidence that comets can be cosmic labs

AP Photo BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the Philae space probe has gathered data supporting the theory that comets can serve as cosmic laboratories in which some of the essential elements for life are assembled. Philae, which is part of the European Space Agency’s...
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5 things to know about filthy water awaiting Rio Olympians

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Associated Press commissioned a study of the virus and bacteria levels in the waters where Olympic athletes will compete next year in Rio de Janeiro. The testing found dangerously high levels of pathogens from human sewage...
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Man stabs several people at Jerusalem gay pride parade

AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner JERUSALEM (AP) — An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade and stabbed six people Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said. The man had...
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Turkey onslaught on Kurds, after IS attack, fuels anger

AP Photo/Emrah Gurel DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — Just when it seemed Turkey was getting serious about the fight against IS, it has turned its military focus to pounding its old foe: the Kurdish rebels. In Turkey’s Kurdish heartland, the government’s renewed...
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For some, hunting lions in Africa is the ultimate experience

AP Photo/Andy Loveridge JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It is, for some well-heeled foreign visitors, the ultimate African experience: the thrill of hunting a lion, one of the so-called “Big Five” animals whose habitats are under increasing pressure from human encroachment....