Japan, South Korea settle sex slave issue with gov't funds

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea announced a breakthrough Monday, putting an end to a decades-long impasse over Japan's exploitation of Asian women, including many Koreans, at military-run brothels before and during World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a pledge from South Korea to halt criticism of Japan over the issue, something that an earlier 1995 Japanese apology and government-organized welfare plan failed to achieve. Here's what each plan entailed and why this one appears to have succeeded:

  • Written by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Alabama tornado adds to Christmas storm woes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Christmastime wave of severe weather continued to make its way around the South as a tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, the state's largest city.

  • Written by PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press, BILL BARROW, Associated Press

AP Interview: Climate deal caps a long quest for UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When international negotiators reached a first-of-its kind climate change agreement in Paris this month, the United Nations' normally low-key leader, Ban Ki-moon, celebrated onstage, arms raised in victory and more exuberant than many had ever seen him before.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

2 dead, 12 injured as 200 migrants try to enter Spain by sea

MADRID (AP) — Two people drowned and at least 12 others were injured when they tried to get to a small patch of Spanish territory in North Africa by swimming from Morocco and scaling a barbed-wire fence that juts into the sea, Spanish and Moroccan news agencies reported Friday.

  • Written by HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press