• Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war

    TOKYO (AP) - For his last time, Japan's Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed "deep remorse" for the war.

  • Japan emperor expresses 'deep remorse' over war; PM sends offering to Yasukuni

    Earlier on Wednesday, Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead, but did not visit in person out of apparent consideration for ties with Seoul and Beijing. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged China and South Korea because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, along with war dead. China's relations with Japan have long been haunted by what Beijing sees as Tokyo's failure to atone for its occupation of parts of China before and during World War Two, although ties have thawed recently.

  • Second World War plane buried for 72 years uncovered after Swiss snow melts in recent heatwave

    The American C-53 Skytrooper was flying from the Austrian town of Tulln near Vienna to Pisa in Italy on 18th November 1946.

  • 'Not an easy time' for Chris Pratt after Gunn firing

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Chris Pratt says "it's not an easy time" as he and the rest of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast look to the future of the hit superhero franchise after Disney fired writer-director James Gunn.

  • BP offloads last two stranded oil cargoes to Shandong refiner - sources

    The oil had been aboard one of four supertankers held up or delayed off China's east coast near Shandong since as long ago as April, unable to discharge BP's oil due to slowing buying from private refiners in the world's second-biggest economy. All four have delayed cargoes, totalling about 4 million barrels, have now been offloaded to Shandong Qingyuan Group, one of China's largest independently run lubricant producers, according to sources.. Shippers and oil traders said it was not unusual for producers like BP to ship cargoes before finding a buyer, but having cargoes orphaned for several months was uncommon.

  • Report: Pennsylvania priests molested over 1,000 children

    Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children - and possibly many more - since the 1940s, and senior church officials, including a man who is now the archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday. The "real number" of abused children might be in the thousands since some secret church records were lost, and victims were afraid to come forward, the grand jury said. "We are sick over all the crimes that will go unpunished and uncompensated," the grand jury said.

  • Foul-mouthed parrot swears at firefighters during roof rescue

    The sweary parrot gave firefighters a laugh on a roof in Edmonton, London.