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75 years later, can Asia shake off shackles of the past?

Northeast Asia doesn’t so much repeat history as drag it along like an anchor
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 1945, file photo, U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise an American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, Japan. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. The bombs stopped falling 75 years ago, but it is entirely possible - crucial even, some argue - to view the region’s world-beating economies, its massive cultural and political reach and its bitter trade, territory and history disputes all through a single prism: Japan’s aggression in the Pacific during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)
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AP PHOTOS: Clowns suffer, adapt in Peru due to the pandemic

Circuses in Peru are built around clowns, providing work for more than 500 of the characters. But the shows have been struggling in recent years, their patrons lured away by the internet, video games and other live entertainment, and then the pandemic hit. The coronavirus has kept millions of Peruvians locked down at home, dealing a hard blow to the hundred or so small circuses in the country. In an empty lot in Lima, Santos Chiroque keeps the yellow tent, logs and ropes that he used until March to set up the circus that fed him and his family. He had put money into the new tent in hopes of boosting business. “Money invested in vain,” says the 74-year-old, whose clown name is “Piojito.” Now his wife and five children sell caramel apples on the streets of Lima in search of some coins. At least one clown has died from the coronavirus — William Tovar in the city of Huancayo. His white coffin was painted with colored circles and six saddened clowns carried him through the streets...
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Circus clown Santos Chiroque, whose performance name is "Piojito," or Little Tick, looks into a mirror as he demonstrates how he puts on his clown makeup, using just lipstick, outside his home on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Chiroque's family used to run their own small circus, but since March when the lockdown to curb COVID-19 closed down their business, and the requirement for people over 60 to self-quarantine kept the 74-year-old at home, they started selling circus food like caramelized apples to survive. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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On V-J Day, UK's Johnson pays tribute to campaign's veterans

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paid tribute to surviving veterans of the multinational World War II campaign against Japan that ended 75 years ago
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Visitors queue to enter Yasukuni Shrine Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Tokyo. Japan marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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Venezuelan rebels sentenced to prison in failed beach attack

A Venezuelan court has sentenced 15 men to prison for a failed beach attack launched alongside two former U.S. special forces members trying to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro
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A DirectTV logo identifies the company's headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, May 22, 2020. Venezuela’s high court ordered on Friday the immediate seizure of all DirecTV property, days after the U.S. firm abandoned its services in the South American nation, citing U.S. sanctions. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Israel-UAE deal ‘lowers the barriers’: Former ambassador

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel in the Obama administration Daniel Shapiro discusses the normalizing of relations between Israel and the UAE, and what it means for the Mideast.
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VIDEO: Israel-UAE deal ‘lowers the barriers’: Former ambassador
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Health official thinks the coronavirus has peaked in Mexico

Mexico’s point man for the coronavirus pandemic says he belie ves the country has reached its peak of infections over the last three weeks
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Shoppers wearing protective masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, ride in a bicycle taxi in downtown in Mexico City, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. With the country facing a deep economic recession, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pushed to reopen the economy quickly even as COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Prosecutors in El Salvador file charges against ex-president

Prosecutors in El Salvador have presented charges of bribery, money laundering and criminal conspiracy against  former President Mauricio Funes, who has fled to Nicaragua
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Freed detainees in Belarus describe harrowing beatings, abuse

People caught up in the crackdown tell of group beatings, threats of rape.
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A couple hug after being released from a detention center where protesters were held following the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 14, 2020.
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Mexico sanctions 1,040 immigration officers for corruption

The head of Mexico's National Immigration Institute says more than 1,040 immigration officers have been referred to internal affairs or forced to quit after they were caught demanding bribes and other acts of corruption
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Israel hits Gaza militant sites after incendiary balloons

Israel says it has hit several militant sites in the Gaza Strip, responding to explosive-laden incendiary balloons launched across the frontier into Israeli territory
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Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

Lebanese survivors of the massive port explosion and relatives of the victims are asking the U.N. Security Council for an international investigation into the blast that wrecked their capital
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FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
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Colombian fast food chain bets on automated restaurants

A Colombian fast food chain is planning to turn its branches into automated restaurants at a moment when the coronavirus pandemic has slammed the food service industry worldwide
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An employee measures the body temperature of a customer at the entrance of a MUY restaurant, a Colombian fast food chain that is planning to turn its branches into automated restaurants, in Bogota, Colombia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The chain has opened its first “contactless store” in a commercial district of Bogota, where many restaurants have been forced to shut down because of a ban on sit-down dining. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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UN: 178 killed in Beirut explosion, 30 still missing

Iran's top diplomat is accusing Western countries of taking advantage of Beirut's massive explosion last week that killed and injured thousands to dictate their own policies on Lebanon
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Rescue teams search for missing people at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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By sea, rail or by air, Brits scramble to get out of France

British tourists scurried to get out of France by whatever means possible before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks
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People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
August 14

Baby elephants explore Mexican zoo

A Mexican zoo is celebrating the birth of two African elephants as part of its breeding program for the threatened species.
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Baby elephants explore Mexican zoo
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Seoul's high-tech bus shelters

The temperature-detecting bus stops have thermal imaging cameras on the doors. Riders with temperatures lower than 99.5° F are only allowed to enter.
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Seoul's high-tech bus shelters
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Belarus authorities free detainees amid protesters' pressure

Tens of thousands of people have flooded the heart of the Belarus capital of Minsk in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election
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Women walk through a gate after being released from a detention center where protesters were detained during a mass rally following presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Nearly 7,000 people have been detained and hundreds injured in the clampdown on demonstrators protesting the official results that said Lukashenko won 80% of the vote and his top opposition challenger got only 10%. Police have broken up protests with stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets and severe beatings. (AP Photo)
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EU urges Turkey to 'deescalate' energy dispute with Greece

The European Union’s foreign policy chief has expressed “full solidarity” with Greece and Cyprus and urged a “immediate deescalation” by Turkey after EU foreign ministers discussed military tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over drilling rights
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This photo provided Friday Aug.14, 2020 by the French Defense Ministry shows the French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, center, escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (French Defense Ministry via AP)
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2 students allegedly caught up in Belarus crackdown

A student at George Washington University is allegedly in KGB custody.
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Belarusian Interior Ministry troops monitor an opposition demonstration in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 14, 2020.
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Plane crashes in Congo's South Kivu province, killing 5

A provincial government official says a plane crash in Congo’s South Kivu province killed all five people on board
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Tiny Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

Lithuania is playing an outsized role among European Union nations amid a major crisis in neighboring Belarus
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius answers questions during a meeting with the press in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuania is playing an outsized role among European Union nations amid a major crisis in neighboring Belarus. The EU's foreign ministers are meeting Friday Aug. 14, 2020 to discuss the brutal law enforcement crackdown on protesters who insist the Belarusian presidential election was rigged to keep the country's long-time authoritarian leader in power. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)
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French military personnel arrive to deliver supplies in Beirut

French military personnel arrived in Beirut to deliver supplies and help with search operations.
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French military personnel arrived in Beirut to deliver supplies and help with search operations.
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Kenyan all-female wildlife ranger team breaks down barriers

On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms
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In this image made from video, Purity Amleset, 24, right, and other female wildlife rangers from "Team Lioness" patrol in Amboseli national park, Kenya, Friday, Jul. 31, 2020. On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro a group of female wildlife rangers known as "Team Lioness" is making history in Kenya's Amboseli National Park and defying patriarchal norms by guarding wildlife and patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. (AP Photo/Joe Mwihia)
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Missing 2-year-old found in southern Mexico; returned to mom

Officials in southern Mexico say they have arrested a 23-year-old woman whose abduction of a 2-year-old boy set off a hunt that helped rescue other stolen children
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Juana Perez, whose 2 1/2 year-old son Dylan is missing, holds a poster of him outside of the presidential palace where she seeks help from President Manuel Andres Lopez Obrador to find him, in Mexico City, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. The search for Perez's boy who was led away from a market in southern Mexico's Chiapas state three weeks ago led police to a horrifying discovery: 23 abducted children being kept at a house and forced to sell trinkets in the street. Pérez said officials told her that her son had not yet been found. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Canada U.S border restrictions extended to at least Sept.

The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month
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Cambodian politician arrested for comments about border land

The leader of a little-known political party in Cambodia has been arrested for comments about the alleged encroachment on the country’s territory by Vietnam, the second arrest in the past two weeks related to the politically sensitive subject
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Conflicting tan lines: The burkini raises debate in Egypt

It was supposed to be a dip in a pool to cool off from Egypt’s summer heat
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FILE - In this July 26, 2019 file photo, holiday makers walk at al Sokhna beach in Suez, Egypt. The burkini, a swimsuit worn by conservative Muslims to cover the entire body, is scorned in many upper class Egyptian circles where it and the headscarf is seen as lower class. Women who wear the burkini or headscarves can face discrimination in upper-class beach resorts or in bars or clubs, though across Egypt the majority of women wear conservative dress. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Bulgaria PM pitches overhaul, to resign if lawmakers approve

Bulgaria’s embattled prime minister says he will step down if lawmakers approve his proposal for the election of a special Grand National Assembly that would consider constitutional amendments to overhaul the country’s political system
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Volunteers rescue pets, search for lost ones in Beirut blast

Dozens of volunteers are working around the clock in Beirut to rescue animals trapped or lost among the rubble following the massive explosion that tore through the Lebanese capital last week, killing and injuring thousands of people
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Two kittens that were hiding among debris of a damaged building near the site of last week's massive explosion sit in a cage after being rescued by members of Animals Lebanon in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. The volunteers say they have happily reunited dozens of pets with their owners. But many others remain in the group's shelter, waiting for their owners to pick them up or locate them. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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ABC News Live Update: Trump suggests blocking USPS funding to stop mail-in votes

Plus, some of the most popular restaurant chains could face bankruptcy and inside the U.K.’s first socially distanced venue.
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VIDEO: ABC News Live Update: Trump suggests blocking USPS funding to stop mail-in votes
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Police: 2 officers killed by rebels in Indian-held Kashmir

Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say two officers were killed and another was injured when anti-India rebels attacked a police party in the disputed region’s main city
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An Indian policeman cleans blood splattered on a street with a tree twig after suspected rebels attack on policemen on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir Friday attacked a police party in the disputed region's main city, killing two police officials and injuring another, police said. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
August 14

Thai student rallies continue despite activist's arrest

Student activists at Thailand’s most prestigious university have defied a ban by college administrators and staged an anti-government rally, as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration
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Pro-democracy students raise a three-finger symbol of resistance salute and hold mobile phones with flashlights switched on†during a protest at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug, 14, 2020. Student activists at Thailand's most prestigious university defied a ban by college administrators to stage an anti-government rally Friday, even as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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Israel and the United Arab Emirates make historic deal

Israel and the UAE agree to normalize relations in exchange for Israel suspending annexation of parts of the West Bank.
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VIDEO: Israel and the United Arab Emirates make historic deal
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Beirut aftermath, oil spill, Biden's VP choice; The Week in Photos

A look at the week's top photos from around the globe.
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VIDEO:  Beirut aftermath, oil spill, Biden's VP choice; The Week in Photos
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India urges China to hurry disengagement of troops in Ladakh

India is urging China to expedite the complete disengagement of troops from border areas in eastern Ladakh, where thousands of soldiers from the two countries have remained in a tense standoff since May
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Dutch economy shrinks by 'unprecedented' 8.5% as virus hits

The Dutch statistics office says the country's economy suffered a 8.5% contraction in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on spending, exports and investments
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Windmills line a canal in Kinderdiijk, Netherlands, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The five windmills are part of 19 mills built in the 18th century some 15 kms. (9.3 miles) south of Rotterdam. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
August 14

Palestinians say UAE deal hinders quest for Mideast peace

Israel’s agreement to establish diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates marks a watershed moment in its relations with Arab countries, but the Palestinians say it puts a just resolution of the Middle East conflict even further out of reach
August 14
Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the flags of the United Arab Emirates and Israel as the countries announced they would be establishing full diplomatic ties, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. In a nationally broadcast statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the "full and official peace" with the UAE would lead to cooperation in many spheres between the countries and a "wonderful future" for citizens of both countries. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
August 14

Scotland: Investigators confirm derailed train hit landslide

U.K. rail investigators have confirmed that a passenger train hit a landslide before derailing earlier this week, killing three people
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Emergency services inspect the scene following a train derailment near Stonehaven, Scotland, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. British Transport Police say three people died and six were taken to the hospital with injuries after a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after heavy rain and flooding. The train driver and conductor are believed to be among the dead, but formal identification is pending. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
August 14

Angolan court sentences ex-leader's son to 5 years in prison

A court in Angola has sentenced the son of former President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to five years in prison for fraud and other crimes
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Mozambique's leader blames 'war' in north on wealth-seekers

Mozambique's president says the “war” in the north is the fault of people who want to divide the country for its wealth
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Kabul begins release of final 400 Taliban, talks to follow

The government says Afghanistan has released the first 80 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict
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FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, prisoners are released from Bagram Prison in Parwan province, Afghanistan. The Afghan government freed hundreds of prisoners, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides. Afghanistan has released the first 86 of a final 400 Taliban prisoners, paving the way for negotiations between the warring sides in Afghanistan’s protracted conflict, the government said Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/ Rahmat Gul, File)
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South Asia counts losses from devastating monsoon floods

Across South Asia, more than 17 million people are suffering as a result of this year's monsoon floods
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A Bangladeshi elderly person cuts an uprooted tree as the area around him is seen submerged with flooded waters in Manikganj, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Across South Asia, more than 17 million people have been affected by this year's monsoon flood. Nearly 700 people have died in Bangladesh, India and Nepal as almost one-third of Bangladesh went under water while Indian states of Assam and Bihar in the northeast were largely affected and vast regions in Nepal were flooded and monsoon-triggered landslides became a nightmare. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)
August 14

UK's Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion

Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter will be celebrating her 70th birthday in a no-nonsense manner that befits her reputation in Britain
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2001 file photo, Britain's Princess Anne with her husband Commander Tim Lawrence ride in a ceremonial carriage through Windsor town centre, where they were guests of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle to welcome King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan on their state visit to England. Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter, Princess Anne, will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 in a no-nonsense manner that befits her reputation in Britain. Whatever is planned for Saturday, it’s certainly going to be a scaled-back affair because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin/File)
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Top militant linked to beheadings surrenders in Philippines

A leading militant suspect who has been linked to the beheadings of Filipino and foreign hostages has surrendered after being wounded in battle
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In this photo provided by the Philippine National Police-Public Information Office, Abu Sayyaf commander Anduljihad Susukan poses for a picture at the Davao City Police Station in Davao province, southern Philippines on Thursday Aug. 13, 2020. Susukan, a leading terror suspect who has been linked to beheadings of hostages including two Canadians and a Malaysian, has surrendered after being wounded in battle, officials said Friday. (Philippine National Police PIO via AP)
August 14

Hague police arrest more than 20 amid overnight rioting

Police in the Dutch city of The Hague say that rioters on rooftops and streets threw stones, eggs and fireworks at officers overnight during a second night of unrest in a low-income neighborhood
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Widodo pledges health, economic reforms amid virus crisis

Indonesia’s president called on all citizens to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an advancement opportunity and pledged health care reforms in an national address ahead of the country’s 75th anniversary of independence
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Students wear face masks to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus as they use free wifi to access an online lesson inside a temporary tent in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. In some area of the country, students are still yet to go to school due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean
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Soldiers disinfect the Christ the Redeemer site, currently closed, to prepare for what tourism officials hope will be a surge in visitors in the upcoming weekend as health restrictions are eased amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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AP PHOTOS: AP Week in Pictures, Asia

Aug. 7-13, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP—Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com
August 14
A Hindu pilgrim takes a holy dip on Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, an island in the Ganges delta, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
August 13

Rainwater pours through supermarket roof

The ceiling tiles collapsed inside a supermarket in England after consecutive nights of storms.
August 13
The ceiling tiles collapsed inside a supermarket in England after consecutive nights of storms.
August 13

Lightning strike hits transformer

A resident in northern Wales filmed the moment lightning struck a transformer.
August 13
A resident in northern Wales filmed the moment lightning struck a transformer.