Japan's ex-leader backs sick US sailors who blame radiation

TOKYO (AP) — Several hundred American service personnel who say they became sick from radiation after participating in relief operations for the 2011 tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster are now getting high-profile support in Japan.

  • Written by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

On historic trip to Laos, Obama aims to heal war wounds

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Acknowledging the scars of a secret war, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States has a "moral obligation" to help this isolated Southeast Asian nation heal and vowed to reinvigorate relations with a country with rising strategic importance to the U.S.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press

Multiple bomb blasts in Syrian cities kill at least 43

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A string of bombings, including a suicide attack claimed by the Islamic State group, struck in and around several Syrian cities on Monday, killing at least 43 people, mainly in government-controlled areas.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press